When our son became a toddler, we played a not-very-fun game of hide-and-go-seek. He’d hide whenever I turned my back, and I’d anxiously seek him. One time, I found Ben sitting in a stockpot in a kitchen base cabinet.
The point is, toddlers cannot be trusted. They have the mobility but not the maturity to navigate the house safely. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the leading causes of non-fatal emergency room visits for children ages 1 to 4 in 2013 were accidents liable to happen in the house.
- Ingesting foreign bodies.
Toddler Safety Tips
You can’t protect your toddler from every bump and scrape in life. But you can toddler proof your home to help prevent injuries.
Get Rid of Cords:
Cords on window blinds and shades can wrap around a toddler’s neck and strangle him. Keep cords out of your toddler’s reach by either shortening them or tacking them above windows or door frames. Also, move cribs, chairs and sofas that can enable a curious toddler to grab cords stowed in high places. Consider replacing cords with twisting wands that open or raise blinds.
If there’s a hole, a toddler will find something to stick into it, making electrical outlets particularly enticing and dangerous. Cover outlets with baby proofing plugs or plates that automatically close when not in use.
Toddler Proof Furniture:
Soften square edges of tables and desks with foam padding that will protect toddlers from sharp corners during a fall. Secure bookcases, dressers, TV cabinets and lamps with ties that fasten to wall studs.
Secure Cleaning Products and Medicine:
Store poisons and medication in high cabinets that toddlers can’t reach, even if they climb on the counter (which they will do). Also, install latches on cabinet doors that contain these hazards.
More than 5,000 children fall from windows each year, according to an American Academy of Pediatrics study. To protect toddlers from opening windows, keep them locked and install a stop or bar, depending on how the window opens. If you like a cool breeze, install window guards/rails to prevent children from falling out. If you have a security system, arm the “chime” function that lets you know when anyone opens a door or window.
Install latches on everything you don’t want your toddler to open or uncover – cabinets, drawers, toilet seats and oven doors. You can also install smart sensors that trigger an alarm or send a text message when off-limit areas, like medicine cabinets or cleaning solution closets, are breached.
Always lock entry doors – including screen doors – and never open a door unless you know who is on the other side. If your door doesn’t have sidelights, make sure it has a peephole. Or, install a home security system with an outdoor surveillance camera or a doorbell camera that lets you see who’s ringing the bell on an inside monitor or cellphone. Most important: Teach your toddler to never open a door unless you are with him. If you’d like to learn more security visit our Home Security Company Reviews.