Your home is supposed to be the place where you and your family feel the safest. In order to create a safe home, especially for children, there are steps you need to take to make sure that your home is free of dangerous situations. Whether you have an infant, toddler, or adolescent child, here are just a few safety tips for childproofing your home. 

Lock Cabinets & Drawers

If you have items that you don’t want children getting into, locking your cabinets and drawers is a good idea. Even if there’s nothing particularly harmful in them, putting locks on them can eliminate the chance of your children getting their fingers jammed while opening and shutting them. 

Protect Sharp Corners

Place corner protectors over sharp corners of furniture such as coffee tables, end tables, and tv stands. This way if a child runs into the furniture while playing, the injury will be minimized 

Cover your Outlets

Children, especially at a younger age, are increasingly curious about electricity and touching things that they should not touch. It’s extremely important to get outlet covers or protectors to eliminate any chance of your child being electrocuted. 

Add Door Stoppers & Locks

If you don’t want your child to open doors to certain rooms, make sure to put a stopper or lock on them. The stopper also minimizes the chances of them pinching their fingers in the door hinge. 

Install Gates

Installing gates is another great safety tip for childproofing your home. Child gates can block off certain rooms that you don’t want them in and staircases to prevent them from falling down them. 

Vacuum Regularly

Childproofing your home is an ongoing process, especially when it comes to vacuuming. You should be vacuuming very regularly to pick up any small objects that may be on the floor. This way your small children aren’t finding the small objects and putting them in their mouth with risk of choking. 

Keep All Hazardous Materials Out of Reach or Locked Away

All hazardous materials such as cleaning products, medicine, alcohol, or other chemicals should be kept out of reach for children or completely locked away. 

Cover your Stove Knobs

When you are childproofing your home, make sure to invest in knob covers for your stove. These will help to prevent your child from reaching up to touch the stove knobs to ignite any flames. It’s also extremely important to note that a child should never be left alone in a kitchen. 

Put a Fence Around Pools and Hot Tubs

Childproofing the outside of your home is important too. If you own a swimming pool or hot tub, make sure to put a fence around them. This way if a child is running around and playing in the backyard, they have a safe barrier to protect them from slipping and falling in the water.  

Have Emergency Numbers Handy or Memorized

Even with following all childproofing tips, there’s still a risk of an emergency happening in your home. In this case, it’s important to have all emergency numbers nearby to access them. Or, in the best case have the phone numbers completely memorized.