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4 Tips for Making Your Home Safe for Your Kids

Many new parents learn about the basics of baby-proofing their home before their firstborn becomes mobile. However, there are a lot of things that you need to consider to maintain a safe environment for kids of all ages. Homeowners need to think about all of the areas of the home that are potentially accessible to children and how they can limit access, mitigate risks and encourage safe behavior.

No Standing Water

Accidental drowning is a leading cause of death for infants and toddlers, as well as older children in homes with pools. Even buckets filled with water can be a fatal hazard in the home, especially ones that are large enough for a baby to get into. Parents should never leave standing water in the home or leave a child unattended in a bath tub, even with only a few inches of water.

Keep Emergency Contacts Handy

Smart phones and the internet make it easy to quickly find hotlines or local emergency centers for urgent health care needs. However, parents should also consider posting important emergency contact information on the refrigerator or around the home so it’s immediately accessible at all times. It’s also worth learning about common household toxins and poisons that could be dangerous for children, like lead-based paints and cleaning chemicals.

Prevent Mold and Mildew

Mold and mildew are hidden hazards that can be deadly for people of all ages, although they are more likely to cause health issues in young kids and older adults. Homeowners should consider basement waterproofing and regular inspections for moisture in the walls, crawl spaces and other areas of the home. Mold and mildew tends to grow in areas exposed to moisture or humidity and can be difficult to eradicate once it has spread within the walls.

Use Safes and Secure Storage

Child-proof caps on prescription bottles and latches on cabinet doors leave plenty of room for operator error. All particularly dangerous items should be kept behind at least two lines of defense. Homeowners with firearms should lock and store them in a secure safe where there’s no chance of children reaching them. Medicine bottles should also be closed and stored within a secure container out of easy reach.

Kids have a talent for getting themselves into trouble when left to their own devices, but parents can significantly reduce any risks by taking the time to properly prepare their home. A methodical search of each room to address potential safety issues can alleviate a lot of stress in the days ahead.

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