5 Steps to a Safe New Home
1. Attach bookshelves and dressers to the wall.
Each year more than 17,000 kids need care in emergency rooms due to a TV, furniture, or an appliance tipping over. Break out the drill to install a screw-mounted device into the wall to attach to any heavy furniture.
2. Gate off danger zones.
These include the kitchen, bathrooms, fireplaces, and staircases. Never rely on a pressure-mounted gate at the top of a staircase. They can loosen over time. Opt for a wall-mounted option instead.
3. Watch out for window cords.
Approximately one child dies each month from window-cord strangulation. When shopping for window treatments, look for options with the “Best for Kids” logo. If you have existing blinds with exposed cords, the Window Covering Safety Council offers free retrofit kits.
4. Put hazards on lockdown.
Place child-safe locks on cabinets, the dishwasher, washing machine, dryer, toilet seats, oven, and freezer (if it’s low to the ground). Be sure cleaning products and detergent pods (a particular child hazard since they look like candy) are behind locked doors. And put heavy and fragile stuff up high. That way, your baby won’t be able to reach up and grab it. The result: No glass vases shattering at his feet!
5. Make sure you have a good home insurance policy.
Natural disasters happen, and when they impair the structure and stability of your home, your children’s safety can suffer as a result. With a good home insurance policy, safety will never be out of reach.