Charlie Glahe WIN Broomfield

Baby-proofing your home: Part 2


Different rooms in your home pose a variety of safety risks. Protect your child by performing a home inspection each room and identify any dangers unique to those spaces. 

Fortunately, baby-proofing your home can easily and affordably be done with the right knowledge and expertise. 

Baby-proofing for dangers in the kitchen
Dishwashers, ovens, stoves, sharp objects cabinets and other appliances are some of the risks present in your kitchen. Make sure that this room in your home is as safe as possible by taking proper precautions. suggested protecting children from sharp corners and edges by using cushioning or installing protective guards.

If small children are in the kitchen when you are loading or unloading the dishwasher, keep sharp knives and forks away from them. Also, ensure that infants do not ingest any dishwasher detergent.
Ovens and stoves are additional appliances that may be a potential hazard for young children. If you are cooking, consider putting a gate up to keep your child from entering the kitchen and potentially suffering from severe burns from hot pans, boiling water or steam.

Keep all sharp objects and any cleaning supplies or other hazardous materials stored out of reach or install safety latches on your cabinets and drawers.

Ensuring bathroom safety
Medline Plus noted the best way to avoid injury and accidents in the bathroom is to keep your bathroom door securely closed when no one is inside and to not allow your child to be alone in the space. Drowning, burns  and falling are some accidents that can occur in your bathroom.

If you store medicine in this room, make sure that you properly secure and lock the cabinet to avoid drug-related accidents.

Prevent the risk of drowning by installing a lid lock on your toilet and practicing a safe bathing procedure. Ensure all water drains fully before leaving the room and never lead a child or infant alone in the bathtub.

Curling irons, straightening irons and hot water may lead to severe burns. Keep any hair irons out of reach. Also, consider installing an anti-scald valve to keep bath and sink water from reaching unsafe temperatures.

Preventing falls down staircases
Install gates at the top and bottom of staircases to deter your child from climbing and potentially falling. These devices are a simple and inexpensive way to protect your loved one from injury. 

Your child's safety is of upmost importance. Inspect your home and take the proper precautions to ensure their protection.