If you don’t have children of your own, chances are, you probably haven’t ever given much thought to making your living space child-safe and friendly. Most adults know basic safety awareness and are able to navigate spaces while actively avoiding trouble, injury or harm. But children are new to the world and still don’t know what poses a threat and causes problems for them. Now, at some point down the line, you may find that you will have children visiting your home. Maybe a friend will visit and bring their child along. Maybe a sibling will have children and you’ll find yourself babysitting occasionally. Whatever the reason, it’s important that you take steps to make your home kid-friendly for their arrival. Here are a few suggestions that should help!
Clutter and mess should be removed from your home regardless. They can make living spaces feel cluttered, overwhelming and generally negative to spend time in. But this is especially important when children are visiting. Young children could put small items in their mouth, which could pose a choking hazard, or could place them in their nose or ears, which could result in a trip to A&E. Declutter your home, removing any items that you neither want nor need and disposing of them through Rubbish Works Junk Removal. You should make sure that any items you decide to keep are properly stored, with potentially dangerous or small items, in particular, being kept well out of the reach of little ones.
Of course, children can still enter many storage solutions that are close to the ground. You may want to invest in cupboard locks for these more accessible spots. These will prevent little ones from getting into your cupboards and getting their hands on anything dangerous. Remember basic household items, such as medicine, cleaning products or plastic bags, can pose a serious threat to children.
Kids tend to be tempted to put things in plug sockets. This comes with risk of electric shock. So, make sure to invest in basic, plastic plug covers, which generally insert into the plug and remove any temptation.
If you have blinds, you should make sure that your blind cords are wrapped up and out of reach of children. Most come with a fixture that can be added to the wall next to the blinds and which the cords can be wrapped around. Blind cords pose a suffocation risk if children become tangled in them.
Fix Your Furniture to Walls
Now, very few adults would ever consider climbing furniture in their own or anyone else’s house. But for children, bookcases, storage units and other forms of furniture can look like fun climbing frames. Don’t allow children to climb on furniture, but also make sure that all furniture is firmly fixed to the wall, just in case.
These are just a few basic tips that can help you to make your home a more child-friendly environment for young visitors.
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