If you are moving to a new home with a young child or are expecting your first baby, the thought of child-proofing your home will have come to mind. Whilst the obvious additions and implementations will be at the forefront such as plug covers, there are many more potential problems. Here are a few of the more unorthodox changes that can benefit the safety and welfare of your children.
The first step is to view the world through the eyes of your children. Drop to your knees and crawl through the home. See how your child views the home and any potential dangers they can get their hands on. Once you have noted these potential dangers, consider ways in which you can remove them from the reach of the child.
Children are naturally inquisitive and have a tendency to touch anything that interests them. This is particularly true for anything that is shiny or bright. This can be dangerous if a child is attracted to a turned on light. A halogen light that has been turned on for a long time can burn incredibly hot. A child could scald itself by touching it. LED Bulbs do not turn any of their energy into heat. The incredibly efficient bulbs turn all of the energy into light rather than heat. Even if a child does touch the bulb, there will be no burns or scalds.
Furthermore, the energy efficiency equates into a far higher level of cost efficiency. Monthly energy bills will be lessened because of this efficiency which is extra helpful due to the absent mindedness of many children. Toddlers and young children will often leave many lights on in the home when they are not needed, the can make the monthly energy cost skyrocket. Using Led Spotlights in bathrooms, kitchens and living rooms can save significant money on the monthly energy bill.
Ensure that none of the doors in the home slam shut. Toddlers in particular are prone to trapping fingers in closing door. Attach rubber stoppers to the top of internal doors to ensure that they do not close on a child’s fingers.
When children reach the age when they can walk, running will soon follow. Overjoyed with their new ability, young children will often bolt around the house constantly. Place slip-proof mats underneath throw rugs and door mats to ensure that the child does not slip when running atop it.
If you are looking into buying plants for the home, research into plant types and their safety. Some plants are harmful when ingested and many children have a habit of putting things into their mouths. The staff at a garden centre will know what types of plants are safe to be around children.