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home improvment  /  February 14, 2020

Baby-Proofing Your Home: A Simple Guide

It pays to baby-proof your home. Whether you’re expecting a new member of your family or looking forward to a visit from a small child, you must make sure to check your indoors for potential dangers. Here’s our simple guide for you to consider.

Be Like a Baby

Take a crawling tour to take real stock of your home’s dangers. Get on all fours in each room to see what could be within reach for the baby. Got a lot of stuff on your lower shelves or tables? If so, stash them away on the highest shelf or in a sealed box.

Cover the Corners

The corners and edges of furniture pieces can be a hazard for babies who are either crawling or learning how to walk. Consider baby corner guards to protect them from potential cuts and scrapes.

Make It Off-Limits

Installing a safety fence or gate is one of the key steps to baby-proofing your home. This keeps the young ones out of dangerous areas like staircases and doorways. Review the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure correct installation, and shake it a bit to see if it will hold.

Equip Your Home With Safety Systems

If you haven’t yet, install your home with smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. If you already have these systems, make sure they have full batteries and are in good working condition. Inform everyone in your home about any safety procedures in case of an emergency.

Ensure Kitchen Safety

If possible, re-organize kitchen storage to keep small children away from dangerous items they might reach. Store knives, glass, heavy cookware, and chemical cleaners on higher cabinets. Otherwise, you can invest in safety locks for every cabinet drawer and door.

Baby-proofing your home isn’t complete without you practicing constant vigilance. Only then you can relax and let your little one explore, learn, and grow. At Handyman Connection® of West Omaha, we can help you make your home as safe for your child as possible. Call us today at (402) 819-4545 or fill out our contact form to request a free estimate.

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