There is nothing more precious than holding your sweet baby in your arms. Becoming a parent changes you. It gives you a whole new perspective on life and priorities. You want so much to take the best possible care of your little one.
At the very top of your list of concerns—your child’s safety.
Sadly, accidents in the home result in millions of injuries and thousands of deaths each year in the United States. These kinds of statistics break our hearts!
Unintentional injuries—such as those caused by burns, drowning, falls, poisoning and road traffic—are the leading cause of morbidity and mortality among children in the United States.
Each year, among those 0 to 19 years of age, more than 12,000 people die from unintentional injuries and more than 9.2 million are treated in emergency departments for nonfatal injuries.
CDC Child Injury Report
No need to panic!
Numbers like these may make you want to wrap your child in bubble wrap and strap them to a chair for life to try to prevent anything bad from ever happening.
It can be a bit overwhelming to think about all the things you need to do to “babyproof” or “childproof” your home. And your baby’s grandparents’ homes, too. But it is more than worth it. And you can do it!
Although you can’t prevent every possible injury, you can help dramatically reduce the risk of injuries for your children by putting some important safety measures in place in your home.
Some of our best child safety recommendations for the home
19 child safety tips:
- Install child safety gates at the top and bottom of stairs and to keep children away from the kitchen, bathrooms, or other dangerous areas.
- Install child safety locks or proper door locks on any door that could allow a child to access something dangerous.
- Install child safety cabinet locks or child safety latches.
- Install a dutch door or half door for certain rooms if you prefer that to a baby safety gate.
- Install child safety locks on the front door and entry doors.
- Install child safety window locks.
- Install child safety window guards or window bars.
- Install a safety rail on a child’s bed.
- Install outlet covers.
- Anchor dressers to the wall or tether dressers to the wall.
- Install smoke alarms in appropriate locations.
- Install carbon monoxide detectors in
- Keep window blind cords safe and out of the way by wrapping and securing them to a cord cleat.
- Install a child safety lock on toilet seats.
- Keep small items that could be choking hazards, medications, candy, food, and anything toxic or poisonous in drawers or cabinets that are locked or out of reach.
- Store lighters, matches, knives, guns, and scissors in a locked cabinet.
- Install a fence with a locking gate around bodies of water like swimming pools, lakes, and ponds.
- Don’t keep electrical equipment near a bathtub or sink.
- Cover hot tubs when not in use and always empty baby pools after use.
Need help installing safety devices?
Even if you don’t have time or you don’t have the skills, you still need to childproof your home. What can you do?
The good news is, a handyman near you can help! You can buy the products you prefer and hire a handyman service to do the installation for you. Of course, only choose a handyman business you trust!
Then you can save your precious time and know you will have everything installed properly so that your child can be as safe as possible.
A handyman company may even be able to provide some recommendations as to the products they recommend if you ask.
Looking for a handyman in Columbia, SC?
If you don’t have a trusted handyman service yet, we’d love to help!
Let us save you time, frustration, and stress by helping you knock out your child safety list, honey-do list, or home repair list. The handyman business is our thing!
We pride ourselves in providing great customer service for our clients on all the repair and maintenance jobs we do.
Find out if we may be the best handyman to help you prevent falls and injuries and to make your home safer for everyone in the family.
Our service area includes:
Lexington, Irmo, Columbia, Forest Acres, Cayce, and West Columbia.
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