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October 11, 2018

Childproofing Your New House in Austin

moving - childproof your homeBy Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

Of course we like to trust that our residences are our safe spots, however if you simply take a look at home through the eyes of a child, there is danger at each turn. From the electrical outlets just tempting tiny fingers to explore them to the harsh edges of fireplaces, all of the fixtures you don't ever seriously paused to contemplate have now become a danger.

A great time to childproof your new house is immediately after the moving company in Austin arrives to unload your possessions. Then, you can set up your house as well as manage safety issues in a single swoop. Having said that, while you are moving isn’t the only point in time you need to be mindful of items that are hazardous for your children. It is best to regularly go through your residence room by room and ensure there are no concerns within reach.

Kitchen: It is vital in the kitchen to place safety latches on all cupboard doors you don’t want little ones opening up and closing-especially all of the cabinets storing cleaners along with other toxic items. Additional options involve: 

  • Storing all cleaning supplies up out of reach
  • Putting covers on every outlets
  • Locking any drawers that contain sharp objects
  • Keeping glass bottles and other breakables out of reach

Bathrooms: Water is very dangerous to young children. Toilets may need a child lock to make sure they're not open, and you will want to make sure to never leave water standing in your tub. Furthermore, think about turning your hot water heater down to make sure that no potentially scalding water can come streaming through the faucets. As well make sure to: 

  • Put covers on all outlets
  • Lock cabinets containing chemicals/cleansers
  • Make sure children have no access to prescription medications

Living Spaces: Sharp edges are generally a big risk factor in communal rooms. When toddlers start to move about, it is easy to hit heads and crash into edges. Safety buffers will go a long way in making these items much safer. Additional considerations are: 

  • No looped wires on window blinds or window treatments
  • No loose power cords
  • Safety covers on electric outlets
  • Move large books as well as other things that can be pulled off shelves out of reach
  • Secure household furniture on the wall to circumvent tipping
  • No climbing access from furniture to potentially hazardous high spaces (for instance windows)

Additionally it is a good idea to consider safety measures for bigger risks. Stairwells could need gates to stop youngsters from going up or falling down. Areas you do not wish youngsters to get into could be secured with childproof handles. Swimming pools require locked gates. Remember-anything that looks like fun will probably be the target for investigation at some time in the future. So, as the moving company in Austin is unloading your items and you are unpacking at your new house, make time to childproof each and every room….and keep your youngsters safe!

The Mickelson Family
The Mickelson Family
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