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5 Tips for Making Your Home Safer for Your Kids

If you’re a parent, there are things that you can do to make your home safer for your kids. Ensuring a safer home environment can help your children avoid serious mishaps that could result in injuries and other threats to their personal safety. Following these five tips can make your home safer for your kids.

Get Cordless Blinds

If you have small children, it’s best to opt for blinds on your windows that don’t have cords. The cords on blinds that have them have been known to wrap around small children’s necks, and this could be disastrous if one of your little ones gets caught in this predicament. Most cordless blinds work just as well as their corded counterparts and can make your home a safer environment for small children.

Have Working Smoke Detectors

Smoke detectors in a home sometimes get overlooked, and making sure that yours are still in excellent working condition can keep your children safe from fires. It’s important to test the batteries of all smoke detectors in your home regularly and replace them if needed. You should also read the instruction manual to find out how to properly conduct a smoke detector test.

Get Modern Locks

Door locks have been developed in recent years to better withstand break-ins from burglars and home invaders. Some modern-day locks are even programmed to lock and unlock with the use of a mobile phone. If you ever have trouble with a new lock and end up getting locked out of your home, a professional locksmith who has all the right tools can solve your problem.

Keep Medicines and Harmful Chemicals Out of Reach

Medicines and toxic chemicals from household cleaners and other agents can be harmful to both younger and older children if they’re consumed. Keeping medicines and chemicals in locked cupboards that are in high spaces in your home can keep little ones from reaching them. Older children have been known to use certain medicines and chemicals recreationally, so you should also consider keeping these potentially harmful products in a locked cupboard and hiding the key.

Schedule an Electrical Inspection

The wires and other components that supply electricity to your home can become dangerous if they’re old or damaged, and getting your system inspected by an experienced electrician can let you know if everything is in working order. Wall sockets, light switches and power strips are especially important to have checked since these items are usually used often.

Maintaining a safer home environment can help keep everyone in your family out of harm’s way. By following these tips, you’ll be on your way to making your home a kid-friendlier zone.

Tim Esterdahl

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