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Your Forever Home: 4 Tips for Creating a Kid-Proof House

One of life’s greatest joys is becoming a parent. However, this important responsibility also comes with an understandable level of worry. Fortunately, learning a few tips will help ensure that your home remains safe for children. Here are four tips for creating a kid-proof house.

Securing Shelving Throughout Your Home

Unfortunately, many children are hurt each year after shelves fall on them. In fact, research obtained from Nationwide Children’s Hospital found that the number of children being hurt in shelving tip-over accidents is increasing. However, you can stop this type of accident from taking place in your home. With that in mind, you’ll want to ensure that shelves are secured to a nearby wall. This is a relatively easy task to accomplish. In addition, many shelving units feature holes on their backs for this specific purpose.

Protecting Children from Shocks

It’s also important to ensure that your children avoid accidentally shocking themselves. This type of incident often happens due to children receiving a shock from nearby electrical outlets. To prevent this accident from happening, place socket protectors on any sockets within your child’s reach.

Placing Baby Gates near Stairs

Parents quickly learn that many children are natural explorers. With that in mind, it’s wise to ensure children aren’t able to access certain areas of your home. This is an incredibly important tip for parents that live in multi-story homes. Fortunately, baby gates are reliable and inexpensive solutions to this problem. Best of all, these gates are incredibly versatile. This means they’re also great for ensuring children are unable to enter certain rooms throughout your home.

Choosing the Right Type of Flooring

Children are known for making lots of messes. Considering that, you’ll want to make you’re choosing a type of flooring that’s able to handle spills. Many parents learn that certain spills stay within carpeting forever. If you’re looking for a low-maintenance and inexpensive way to kid-proof your home’s floors, consider choosing laminate flooring. This type of flooring is fairly easy to install. However, you can also have laminate flooring materials installed by professionals.

In closing, there are several ways to help ensure your living in a kid-proof house. It’s understandable to want to feel that your child will be safe in your home. Fortunately, you can achieve this crucial goal by following the previously mentioned tips. After a bit of time and effort, you’ll be able to rest easy in a kid-proof house.

Tim Esterdahl

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