Your little bundle of joy is starting to crawl around and explore. Before you even know it, she’s on her feet, padding around your living room in her cute socks. She’s adorable, she’s curious, she makes you laugh, she’s inserting a fork in that exposed electrical outlet!
Kids are a joy to behold and have around, but they don’t know the things you know, especially the things that may put them in danger. To protect your child, do a few simple hacks that make your home more child-friendly.
- Cover the outlets. There are cheap plastic covers you can get from your local hardware. Not convinced these are good enough? Use electrical tape to fasten them more tightly to the wall socket.
- Keep the cutlery and china out of children’s reach. Transfer them from a low drawer to a cupboard kids can’t get to. Or you can use one of those drawer and cabinet chain locks available at the department store.
- Get some rugs or carpet so she doesn’t slip when she’s running around. Thick rugs also provide some cushion in case she does lose her footing. To make those socks extra slip-proof, use rubberised fabric paint to writer her name or decorate them.
- There are fence posts available in DIY kits, dtswa.com.au says. A fence will keep your child away from the pool. This can also serve as a boundary for her outdoor play area. Stair gates are also a great idea. DIY kits are perfect because they’re easy to install with minimal adjustments and simple tools, and you don’t have to pay for the labour.
- That 60-inch LED TV is an accident waiting to happen if it’s sitting on a TV table, even if it’s beyond your kid’s reach. Today’s flat screens typically come with a wall mount mechanism, or are at least ready to accept a third-party mount. To double the security, place the TV on a high table and fasten it to the wall using the mount.
These are simple hacks that can ensure your child’s safety at home. There are many more; you just have to look around you and think of what could still pose a danger. Act quickly. That little ball of energy isn’t waiting.