Your job as a parent is to keep your children safe all the time. This job is extremely difficult with babies and if your home has no safety measures for baby proofing.
Luckily there are plenty of products and tips that you can learn that will make you r home safer for your baby.
Will go step by step and you will learn how to babyproof your kitchen, laundry, bathroom, lounge and dining room, stairs, balconies and verandahs.
So lets go one at a time:
If the layout of your kitchen allows it, erect a barrier across your kitchen’s doorway to prevent your child entering while you cook.
Use a stove/hot plate guard.
Ensure that all pot handles and cords don’t overhang the benches and stove avoiding the possibility of your child pulling something down on top of her.
Keep detergents and cleaning substances out of reach of your child.
Don’t use a table cloth with young children – one tug and the entire contents of the table can be on the floor and all over them.
Place child-proof locks on all cupboards and drawers that are in reach of your child.
If you use a nappy bucket, ensure that it is always closed securely as is stored out of reach of your child.
Store all detergents and bleaches in a locked cupboard that is out of reach of your child.
Make sure that all buckets are left empty.
The bathroom is one of the most dangerous rooms in the house, so never let your child ‘play’ in there and always supervise her when she is in there.
Young children can drown in a small amount of water!!!
Always start running a bath by turning on the cold tap first and then adding the hot water to it – your child can easily be scalded by hot water.
Make sure that the running water in your bathroom cannot exceed 50 degrees.
Keep all electrical appliances out of the bathroom to avoid possible electrocution.
Although baby ramps and seats are designed to keep your baby safe in the bath, always supervise as it is possible that she could slide out or tip over.
When you are bathing your young child, ensure that you have everything you need in the bathroom with you before you start.
Always store medications in a locked child-proof cupboard that is out of reach.
- Lounge and dining room
Put a safety guard around any heaters or open fireplaces you may have.
Cover all unused power points.
Make sure that all shelving is secured to a wall or is stable.
Ensure that any equipment – TV, DVD player, stereo – is stored in a safe and appropriate manner; all cords are tucked away, remote controls are stored out of reach, the cabinet is stable and not top-heavy.
Store your child’s toys in an accessible and safe place that she can get to without needing your help.
- Stairs, balconies and verandahs
You must have a railing on stairs, balconies or verandahs that are higher than 600mm.
The balustrade on stairs must be at least 865 mm high, unless the drop is greater than 3 metres and then it needs to be 1050mm high; on a verandah or balcony they should be at least 1000 mm high.
If you have a high balustrade, you should also have a lower handrail that your child can use.
The gaps between the rails below the balustrade should be no more than 100 mm.
Place lockable gates at the top and bottom of staircases to avoid the possibility of you child falling on the stairs unsupervised.
Stairs should have a non-slip surface.
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