HOW TO CHILDPROOF YOUR HOME
HOW TO CHILDPROOF YOUR HOME
When children begin to walk and crawl, they want to move about the home as if nothing were considered off limits to them. We as adults know that there are rooms or areas of the house that need to be blocked off from access to prevent household disasters. Purchasing a torque-tension gate assists with this goal greatly. A tension-torque gate usually can spread to about six feet in width, and constrict down to about two and a half feet. The gate will fit snuggly against walls, doorframes, and the like by using a rotating arm on the backside of the gate for maximum pressure. Once the desired area is reached, there are three cutouts within the gate for the arm to rest. Children under no circumstances possess the dexterity to remove the arm from the resting hole, nor can they force the gate down by pressing against it. If concerns of climbing or scaling over the gate arise, feel free to double up the gates moving upwards, creating a mobile wall in the area that you wish to keep children out of.
- KNOB BLOCKS
Assuming that the little ones realize the power of opening and closing a door quickly, another great item to use for childproofing the home are knob blocks. There are many different styles and types to choose from, and they are made for any imaginable doorknob, from the standard circular knob to the elongated handle doorknob. These prevent kids from exiting the home, or entering into a room in which they can get into things not suitable for their safety, such as offices, bathrooms, or older siblings bedrooms.
- CORNER PADS
Nothing says “trip to the emergency room” faster than having a young child catch the corner of a table. The original versions of corner pads required adhesive glue, and the impending refinishing of a wood table, or scraping the surface of glass. That is no longer the case, as corner pads now come with sticky self adhesive blocks and strips. Kids like to pull and pry on these little items, and it’s always a good idea to keep the extra adhesive strips conveniently located for replacement. Corner pads also don’t have to turn a nice piece of furniture into something ugly either, as the padding comes in varying thicknesses, textures and colors to suit all furniture needs.
- CABINET LOCKS
The favorite exploring area of toddlers and babies everywhere, the kitchen and bathroom cupboards. No two homes are set up alike when it comes to cabinets. Vendors of cabinet locks have taken great strides to produce anything that is needed, from literal hard plastic pad lock looking contraptions, to adjustable zip tie locks for cabinets of different lengths. Other options include installing internal catch locks on the inside of cabinets and drawers, which once again require better than toddler dexterity to undo for access to a specified area. These work best for cabinets and drawers that don’t have handles or knobs, but simply pull open from the bottom or sides.
- REFRIGERATOR AND FREEZER LOCKS
Once a child is smart enough to realize that food and juice is located inside that big rectangular box in the kitchen, it becomes a battle of keeping kids out, not only to prevent food spills, but to prevent the curious little minds from crawling into a fridge or storage freezer. Strong magnetic locks that aren’t permanent can be used on the doors and sides of refrigerators and freezers, requiring a strong push button to open, or a combination of multiple buttons to access the inside. There are even systems set up to keep both doors closed and connected together going up and down, as well as securing the doors closed to the sides. Microwave locks are created the same way and are readily available as well.
- CHAIRS AND TABLES
Kids love hopping up into chairs and seeing if they can make the journey to table tops in kitchens and dining rooms. If the furniture in these areas have wheels, a good rule of thumb is to either remove the wheels to prevent rolling accidents, or to purchase non-wheeled kitchen furniture.
At the end of the day, the best way of how to childproof your home is supervision. Nothing replaces a watchful eye and keeping track of where the little ones are at all times. After all, safety comes first.