Panchsheel witnesses thousands of families living happily in their different projects and we believe providing quality services to our customers is their prime right. We are doing our bit by making safer homes with other essentials. In order to make sure our customers live happily for decades and keep making good memories at Panchsheel homes, in this blog, we are listing downchecklist of childproofing the home for our soon to be parents, first timers or those who already have children.
Doors and Windows:
Window has a guard. Windows should only be able to open 3 inches, about the height of an adult fist, or they should have a window guard. And if you have a window that’s low to the floor, or a window seat, it’s imperative that you install a guard.
Kitchen is gated. Because the room is full of risks, it’s a good idea to make it off-limits when you’re not around.
Door can’t shut. The most common types of amputations in kids involve fingers and thumbs. The usual cause among those age 2 and younger are Doors. ” I have stitched up the ends of so many fingers — frequently from a game of chase that ends with a door slamming”, says a doctor.
Microwave is out of reach. Mounting it up high is best, but if yours must sit on the counter and your child’s present, don’t turn it on and walk away, never leave hot food in it, and make sure your child’s not around when you take hot food or liquids out.The biggest risk here is burns, but your child could also hit her head with the oven door if you leave a dish towel hanging from the handle and she pulls on it.
Small appliances are accessible. Most toddlers can reach onto a kitchen countertop, which means they can easily turn over appliances, and other heavy and dangerous items sitting there. Even if your coffeemaker is set toward the rear of the counter, make sure the cords aren’t sticking out. And don’t leave a stool out, since toddlers can use it to get to off-limits areas.
Refrigerator isn’t secured. If your child is able to pull your fridge open on his own, consider locking it with the key provided. And at the very least, make sure you’re aware of what’s in there. Always keep choking hazards like grapes, breakables like wine bottles, and medications out of reach on high shelves.
Stove knobs are removed. Pull them off when you’re not cooking. Even better, use a stove guard — a plastic or metal shield that attaches to the front — which makes it harder for curious hands to reach burners. Be sure to cook on the back burners whenever possible, and never let pan handles face forward.
Remote control has a missing battery cover. Be especially careful of button batteries — the kind you find in watches, hearing aids, greeting cards, and some toys — which are higher voltage than traditional batteries. If your child swallows any type of battery, it can get lodged in the esophagus and cause severe damage.
Chemicals and medicines:
Pills aren’t locked away. It’s not enough to place dangerous medicine up high,You need to put them under lock and key.Some drugs, such as heart medications, are more toxic than others. But even the elemental iron in prenatal vitamins can be deadly if ingested in high enough amounts.
Toiletries aren’t out of reach. As with pills, putting them up high isn’t the answer; a curious child will simply climb up on the counter to reach them. And items you may think aren’t dangerous can be deadly.
Furniture and Home decor:
Window blinds are cordless. A child can get his neck caught in a looped cord and be strangled. Eliminate the hazard by cutting the loop and adding free tassels from windowcoverings.org. But if possible, invest in new cordless window coverings.
Photo frames are up and away. If your child knocks over or drops a frame, the glass can shatter and cut him, even in a carpeted room. Put frames somewhere well out of reach, mount them on the wall, or replace them with plastic.
Glass coffee table is unprotected. Table edges are treacherous for a little kid learning to walk. Call the manufacturer to find out what kind of glass your table is made of. If it’s non-tempered, which shatters easily, put it in a room your toddler can’t access — or buy a new tempered-glass top and edge guards.
Crib is set up safely. Once your child can sit up, it’s time to lower the crib mattress. Be careful with stuffed animals too — they’re a suffocation risk for babies, and they can make an easy step stool for a little one who wants to get out. If your crib has a drop side, werecommends replacing it with a fixed-side crib.
Dresser isn’t secure. Each year, nearly 15,000 kids visit the doctor for tip-over-related injuries. “All heavy furniture needs to be anchored to the wall or to the floor,”
Lower cabinets are protected. Cleaning products like drain openers, automatic dishwasher detergents, and furniture polish are toxic. Either secure the cabinet with a magnetic lock, use a traditional latch along with a childproof locked box, or place chemicals high up, well out of reach.
Candles and matches are out of reach. It’s possible for a toddler to accidentally light a match and start a fire, no matter how undeveloped her fine motor skills. And if she chews on a candle, she could choke on the wax. Keep candles and matches well out of reach.
Cutlery is reachable. As convenient as it is to keep a butcher block of knives sitting on the counter, that’s a mistake. Store it in an above-the-counter cabinet. This is crucial if you have a child with special needs.They can be more likely to be impulsive and grab items that can pose a danger.
Tub faucet is covered. Rubber spout covers can protect your toddler from bangs and bruises.
Wastebasket has no liner. It may be easier to empty the trash when you line it with a plastic shopping bag, but the convenience isn’t worth the risk.
Toilet seat is open. The toilet is just the right height for your toddler to stick his head in, and since he’s top-heavy, he could fall over and not be able to get up. Keep the toilet-seat lid down and remind visitors to use it.
Blog Credit: Parents Magazine