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Home Improvement  /  January 26, 2021

5 Home Maintenance Tips to Childproof Your Home

Welcoming a new child to your home is a blessing, but it’s also a challenge. In particular, you’ll need to make sure that your home is safe enough. If you’ve never childproofed your home before, here are a few home maintenance ideas that you’ll need to implement to ensure everything’s as child-ready as it should be.

1.  You Have a Lot to Cover

Small children are very curious, so once they start wandering around, you’ll have to cover up all the things in your home that could get them into trouble. That includes covering the obvious things like electrical outlets, but if there are any reachable windows, they’ll have to be childproofed with window guards.

2. Install Protective Devices

You’ll need to purchase several home maintenance items that are designed with child safety in mind.

  • Anchors prevent heavy appliances like TVs from tipping over.
  • Edge bumpers should be fastened to all visible sharp corners.
  • Light Fixture covers prevent children from playing with your electrical system.
  • Safety gates will keep children from reaching stairs or entering rooms where there may be danger.

3. Check All Alarms

If it’s been a while since you’ve inspected your alarm systems, the arrival of a child is a good time to start. Make sure your house has smoke alarms on every level, especially near sleeping areas, and check all batteries once a month. Make sure you have an alarm capable of detecting carbon monoxide (CO) near any place the child is sleeping.

4. Move Things Out of Reach

It’s shocking how high a toddler can reach, so if there’s any doubt about a particular item, move it to a higher location or in another (inaccessible) room. This includes things like small toys that could be choking hazards, dangerous chemicals, plastic bags, matches and lighters, and drawstrings for blinds.

5. Consider Water Safety

Never leave a child unattended in a swimming pool or bathtub. If you own a pool, you’ll need to reexamine your fencing to make sure it’s adequate. Your fence will have to be a minimum of 4-ft in height, and should have self-closing, self-latching gates.

To make sure your home is as childproof as can be, contact the skilled craftsmen at Handyman Connection of Marietta, GA, for all your home maintenance needs. Give us a call today!

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