Safe at Home

Baby Safe at Home

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-When you're expecting a new baby, you start to look around and think, "How safe is my home really?" Well, I'm not due for another month, but I've already called on an expert in home baby proofing so that my husband and I can make the changes we need to make sure our home is completely safe for our new arrival. James? -Yes. -Nice. Come on in. -Hi! -My safety dad. -How are you? -Nice to meet you. -Nice to meet you, Ericka. -Welcome to my home. -Thank you very much. Thanks for having me. We're gonna help make it safe for you. -Oh yes. I would like to tell you that I'm not paranoid, but that's not the truth. I'm completely paranoid. -That's all right. A paranoid mom is always good for safety. -What is the best time to sort of have you in here and sort of safeguarding our place? -Well, I would say the best time to have somebody come in our yourself do baby proofing is probably around the time a child starts to get on their hands and knees and rocking back and forth. That means they're about to start crawling. And once they start crawling, they're really gonna start getting into a lot of dangers that you just can't believe. -I've been trying to look at my apartment through a parenting set of eyes. -Oh yeah. -But I think that I've missed a lot of things. What are the most hazardous sort of situations that children find themselves in? -See, I'll tell you. It's incredible what kind of trouble kids can get themselves into from furniture tipping to choking on small objects that are left around the house, sharp edges that you just don't even know exist, water in their toilets, in the sinks, just so many little objects that kids can get into, but we're gonna go around the house. We're gonna show you every little thing that your kid can get into. We're gonna help make it safe for you. So, we're gonna help you look at the whole big picture-- -Okay. and allow you to make the house safe from an entire standpoint. -Okay. -Where do you wanna start? -Let's start in the nursery. Why not? -Let's do the nursery. -Okay. Let's do it. -So, what do you think? -Well, let me take a look around here. Well, obviously right off the bat, I can see a few things that scare me very, very much. -In this corner? -Yeah. You think that this is a nice safe corner, but look at this little-- look at that. That plug comes off. This becomes an instant choking hazard for your baby. -Are you kidding me? -Oh yeah. They're gonna-- -I just installed those two. -I'm sorry. Back to Home Depot now. Let me tell you. A crawling baby, that's the first thing you're gonna encounter. So, when they get there, they're gonna try and play the game of let's remove the white top. And when you walk around your house and you see those missing, guess where they are. -No, no, no. -Yeah. Okay. So, we remove those and we put these on with this great 1-piece doorstop. It's a real nice nontoxic plastic. You just screw this off. This goes right in its place and you're good to go. -Done. -Next thing is this outlet tape. -Heard so much about that. -It looks like a great safe outlet, doesn't it? Well, it isn't and I'll tell you why. Because a child, again, who is crawling would-- that's the first thing that they're gonna encounter. So, what we do is instead of putting these push-in plugs-- -Which is the ones that I see all the time. -Right. I'm sure you bought these also, right? -I did. -So, we-- these are no longer a news because then I'll tell you why. A child likes to use these as a toy. They wanna play and try and get these out. -Hand it over. -Yup. -Checked. -Buh-bye. So, what we actually do is we replace that with this 1-piece spring-loaded outlet plate. This is an amazing piece. You'll see right here. -Oh wow. -It always snaps shut. So, let's say you have something plugged in there and a child pulls that out, again, this will now snap shut and you're, again, good to go right there. -Fantastic. -Awesome piece. -That's the question. How do I figure out which products are good and which aren't good. -Well, you can go to We have a listing on there of all the top products available or you can call or contact the International Association for Child Safety, which is an industry trade group represent about 350 child safety experts-- -Fantastic. -worldwide. -Now look. -Oh yeah, the cords. Let me tell you. These cords are extremely dangerous. This is a choking hazard if I've ever seen. Okay. Again, a very inexpensive easy solution is this cord clip. What we do is we put that on there. Just drill it with a simple screwdriver. It stays up here. These cords will now eventually wrap-- -Wrap around. -there. Yeah. And they'll be out of your child's way. -And they're not unattractive. They're fine. -They're clear. -I don't think that really matters. -They're clear. Well, esthetics are important. So, what we try and do is we always try to make the house safe, but also maintain-- -Okay. -the esthetic integrity. -I want you to talk about furniture 'cause I've heard a lot about furniture being instable, but this piece can't be that bad. I mean, it's low. -No, it is-- -It's grounded. -Yeah, this piece is terrific. It's really nice and stable. Let me show you how stable this is, Ericka. As your child becomes older and has dexterity, he'd open all these drawers. Hey, let's climb on it. Woah! Look at that. Hey, we got ourselves a nice tipping hazard. As you'll know and you'll find out, furniture tipping is one of the most important things that you need to address. It showed thousands and thousands of children are injured or killed every year from tipping furniture except-- -And I would think it's only about what's in the drawers-- -Yeah. -but it's not about-- -No, it's not so much of the things that are on top. It's the actual furniture itself and that goes from lamps, to bookcases, to bureaus, to changing tables. They all need to be addressed. -Okay. Well, we've covered a lot of what's going on in the baby's room. I have a feeling you're gonna find a whole lot more in the kitchen. -Oh, let's go check out that crazy room. -Okay. The kitchen. -Yes, the dreaded kitchen with lots of dangers. First thing that I notice is your stove. So, a very dangerous area because you have heat, you have gas, even the propensity for this to tip over. So, what we do is we actually like to, with the stove knob, we remove those off. We put this right over that and then we put that knob and then it closes. Now, a child-- -Oh okay. -will try and get it. -Great. -Yes. -That's great. Brilliant. -Yeah. And you'll see all you need to do is basically push that, it opens, and you can turn the-- turn that on and you'll turn it off and then you close it again. -Now, also for the oven itself because it's very easy to start my oven. Look, it's like it's on. It's basically on. -I agree with you. So, what you do is there actually is a Flexiguard that you can get. It stays on with an adhesive and it basically sits right here preventing your child from getting access to this whole top area. Something else that concerns me is the door itself. -That's what I'm concerned about. Yeah. -The door because you'll see this becomes open and child can get to the heat, but not on that, if a child does get this door fully open and put their weight on the door, stoves have been known to tip over. And obviously, a stove that tips over will severely hurt or kill a child. So, what we do is there are lock mechanisms that you can get that you just put on the stove, the door, it will prevent it from opening. -I need one of those-- -Yes. -'cause I'm gonna-- if I'm cooking and I walk away, I can just see it being a problem. Turn around. I wanna show you something that's behind you. Of course, this is my-- -Oh, yeah,-- -Yeah, yeah, yeah. -the cleaners. We love the cleaners. Again, this is an area that absolutely must be kept off guards to-- or off limits to a child. So, what we do is we have these latches that we-- that simply go on the inside of the cabinets. These are great. They're one-handed release. So, if you're ever holding your child, you can still-- You'll see this lock and you just push down and they release. -Okay. So, they're not Ericka proof, just baby proof. -Yeah, just baby proof. -That's good. -Now, you still can get to the cleaning supplies. -And this is the same thing that we put on assuming in the bathrooms as well. -That is correct. There are different latches for different areas, but these are the fundamental look of most of the latches that we use. They're great. They're easy for you to use and child can't figure them out. Speaking of the bathroom, Ericka, there's really something that you need to concern yourself with and that's the toilet. Kids are fascinated by water. They're gonna love to throw things down there and they're gonna play with it. And kids can drown in the toilet. I know it sounds crazy, but they can. So, what we have to do is we put a toilet lock on there, which will prevent them from getting access to the water. -Perfect. I do wanna ask you about a corner, an edge furniture that I have there, a very pointy little one. -Yeah, let's go check out the other end of the house. -Okay. See ya. Major concern area. I see it all already. -And greatly so. You have 2 areas here that greatly concern me. You have this corner right here, again, that a walking toddler could easily trip, fall right into that. So, what we'll do is we put this little cushion on there. It's great. It matches. It almost matches your furniture. It stays on with the double-sided tape and will prevent your child from any kind of-- -If the baby is anything like me, it's gonna be a complete klutz. -Oh yeah. Well, you know what? -These are important. -That's right. That's gonna give you the protection that you need. Second thing that concerns me is this TV. You see, it's very wobbly. Again, a child that sees their favorite cartoon character on there starts to go after it. This thing could usually come over. So, what we do is we just anchor to the back of the wall, very little damage, but it really does the trick and it will give you the protection that you need. -That's great. So, we don't have to mount it. We just need to anchor it. -You just need to anchor it. -Perfect. -Oh, you know what? I do see another area over there that I would like to show you. It's of great importance. Let's go take a quick look. The windows. What we either do here is you have to put a window guard on there 'cause, again, a child is fascinated by the windows so the window guard will protect them from falling out or some kind of stopper right here that will not allow the window to go up more than 3-1/2 inches so-- -Okay. -which is a very important area to cover. Again, you don't want your child falling out of the window. -Okay, Ericka, we've shown you many hazards in the house today. -Yes, you have. And I feel-- I feel a lot better. I'm so glad you were here. Still, I can't help feeling that you can never be 100% child proof. -You can't ever be 100% child proof 'cause, again, your house does change on a daily basis. and I will tell you, there is no substitution for parental supervision. So, don't ever turn your back for more than a second. -No pressure, but I won't. -You got your hands full. Let's go make the house safe. -Oh, I'm ready. -Let's do it.