Tips On Childproofing Other Areas Of Your Home
- Be sure to install a smoke alarm on every level of your home and outside each sleeping area. Change the batteries when you change your clocks for daylight savings time and test them once a month.
- If your home uses gas for cooking or heat, be sure to also install a carbon monoxide detector. CO is especially dangerous because it is colorless and odorless, making it a silent killer.
- If your family spends time on an outside deck, be sure to install an appropriate Safety Gate at the top of the stairs as well as a railnet to prevent falls. Sand down any wood banisters or boards that may be splintering. Clean off any rusted areas.
- Keep your child away from the grill – not only when barbecuing, but also when the grill is not in use. Also, be sure to store all grill utensils out of reach from young hands. Do not leave them hanging from the grill as this may prove too tempting to a curious child.
- If you have a pool, to prevent drowning make sure there is a locked fence surrounding it to prevent your child from accessing the pool unsupervised. Drain all kiddy pools when not in use. Also, if there is a hot tub in your home, make it off-limits to children. Drain the water when not in use or keep the cover or door locked.
- There are many dangers lurking in the laundry room, including the dryer, detergent, and dangerous items that may be stored there. Be sure to keep the door to the laundry room or laundry closet locked. If this is not possible in your home, store all products up out of reach and install washer or dryer locks to prevent access.
- Home offices are particularly challenging to childproof because there are so many hidden dangers, including cords, filing cabinets, paper clips, staples, etc. It is best to keep your child away from the home office area entirely by locking the door or placing a safety gate in the doorway. If your child must be in the home office, be sure to use power strip covers, cover electrical outlets, secure tall bookshelves to the wall, lock filing cabinets and keep all choking hazards such as pen caps, push pins, etc. in a locked drawer.
- Basement stairs - especially those leading to unfinished basements - are very dangerous. Be sure to securely lock your basement door. If your basement is finished and has no door that can be locked, be sure to install an appropriate Safety Gate at the top of the stairs.
- Garages are often full of tools, chemicals, and other hazardous objects. Keep your garage locked and make it an off-limits area for young children.