By Karen E.
It only takes seconds for kids to get into something they aren’t supposed to.Â In a normal day, thereÂ are a million things out of your control, which makes the things you can control even moreÂ important.
From the day your little one starts to crawl, it’s time to child proof the house.Â The most commonÂ fixes that come to mind are covering the electrical sockets, and securing cabinets doors andÂ drawers.Â There are also the shelves to worry about them crawling on, and the sharp corners on endÂ tables and coffee table to cover.Â Another more obvious thing is putting up gates.Â Not only do youÂ want to block the top/bottom of the staircase, but most of the time you want to block off theÂ bathroom and kitchens (areas more prone to accidents). Also, you want to make sure no cleaners orÂ anything else containing chemicals are left around (some people leave cleaning supplies around forÂ ease of use) that a child could get into.
A couple things that tend to get overlooked are things that might seem out of reach – but areÂ surprisingly easy for kids to get at.Â Often things that don’t seem accessible are easier reached whenÂ climbing from on top of furniture, from the crib, or even the bed.Â One of the most importantÂ things to consider is furniture being secure.Â For instance – a shelf above the crib may be freeÂ standing, but without being secured to the wall could easily come tumbling down if not somehowÂ secured to the wall behind it.Â Another thing that often gets overlooked (which is at the heart ofÂ our business) is window treatments. The majority of blinds/shades, and even curtains have someÂ sort of string control to operate them.Â The easiest fix is to get a cord cleat – which can be pickedÂ up from us or another hardware store.Â A cord cleat is a clear piece of plastic designed to wrap theÂ cords around, and are suggested to be mounted at the top of the window opening.
Overall, the most important thing is keeping the kids safe, so no fix will be as important as keepingÂ an eye on them at all times!