Childproofing Your New Home in Austin

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

We all like to believe that our homes are our safe places, though if you take a look at family home through the eyes of a little one, there is possible danger at every turn. From the electric outlets merely tempting tiny fingers to investigate them to the unforgiving edges of fireplaces, all those fixtures you never really paused to think about have now become a danger.

A fantastic occasion to childproof your new residence is right after the moving company in Austin arrives to unload your possessions. Then, you can arrange your household as well as take care of safety issues in one swoop. However, while you are moving is not the only point in time you need to be conscious of things that are harmful for your kids. It is best to regularly go through your home room by room and make certain there aren't any issues within reach.

Kitchen: It is vital in the kitchen to put safety latches on all of the cabinet doors you don’t want little ones opening up and closing-especially any cabinets holding cleaners or other dangerous items. Some other options include: 

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

Bathrooms: Water is very dangerous to youngsters. Toilets may require a child lock to make sure they're not open, and you will need to make sure to never leave water standing in your bathtub. Additionally, consider turning your hot water heater lower to make sure that no potentially scalding water can come streaming out the faucets. As well make sure to: 

  • Put covers on all of the electric outlets
  • Lock cabinets containing chemicals/cleansers
  • Make certain kids have no access to medicines

Living Spaces: Sharp corners tend to be a big risk factor in communal areas. When toddlers are beginning to move around, it is all too easy to hit heads and crash into corners. Safety buffers will go a considerable way to help make these items less hazardous. Several other points to consider are: 

  • No looped cords on blinds or curtains
  • No loose electric cords
  • Safety covers on outlets
  • Move large books along with other things that may be yanked off shelves out of reach
  • Secure pieces of furniture on the wall to prevent tipping
  • No climbing access from home furnishings to potentially harmful high locations (such as windows)

It is also a smart idea to consider safeguards for larger dangers. Stairwells might require gates to prevent children from going up or slipping down. Places you don’t want youngsters to get into can be locked with childproof handles. Swimming pools require locked gates. Remember-anything that seems like fun will likely be the target for investigation at some time in the future. So, as the moving company in Austin is unloading your belongings and you're unpacking at your new house, make time to childproof each and every room….and keep your youngsters safe!