You've just finished spring cleaning, and summer is approaching quickly. Summer means longer days and later nights, and usually more traffic in your home. With playdates, game nights, and bonfires, there are likely to be more guests in and out of your home than usual. While fun is the priority, safety should be as well for children and pets especially. To Create a safer haven, follow these steps so you can enjoy a safe summer (as well as all the other seasons):
1. Protect your belongings
If you have items that are important to you and could easily break, it is best to store them away, so they don't get damaged, and no one gets hurt from the broken item in the process.
2. Make off-limit areas
If you want to prevent children and pets from going places you don't want them, consider installing safety gates. Placing gates in front of staircases and rooms with more breakable items can prevent both children and pets from falling or accessing those items you don't want to injure crawling little ones.
3. Secure furniture
Sometimes when we get new furniture, we don't think those extra safety screws included to attach the furniture to the wall are necessary. Sadly, accidents involving falling furniture occur much too often because safety anchors were not installed or not installed correctly. If you have any furniture that could be pulled down by a child, pick up anchors at your local hardware store. Dressers, televisions, and bookshelves are all items that can easily be pulled down from a child trying to climb onto them.
4. Use child-proof locks
Kitchens and Bathrooms can become dangerous for both children and pets in an instant. Knives, spices, and cleaners can all stay safely out of the hands (and paws) of children and pets by installing child-proof locks on all the cabinets that need to be off-limits. Keep Medicines and CLEANERS out of reach.
5. Don't buy poisonous plants
The first step in avoiding poisonous plants is finding out which ones can be toxic to children and pets. While most plants are kid-friendly, many can be dangerous to pets, even those you wouldn't think could be, such as the Aloe plant.
6. Protect outlets and cords
While our lifestyles continue to become more wireless by the day, often we as parents get distracted. Children and pets are still at risk in homes where items are plugged in. Ensure that your outlets are covered and wires are hidden or blocked off. Not only can you prevent the risk of shock, but you can also protect the items you have plugged in - like that television that you don't want to come crashing onto the floor!
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