Childproofing Your New Home in Little Rock

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

We all like to believe that our residences are our safe areas, but if you look at your family home in the eyes of a little one, there could be danger at each turn. From the electrical outlets merely inviting little fingers to examine them to the harsh sides of fireplaces, all of the items you never actually paused to contemplate have now turn into a hazard.

A great occasion to childproof your new residence is right after the moving company in Little Rock arrives to unload your possessions. Then, it is possible to set up your home as well as take care of safety issues in a single swoop. However, when you are moving is not the only occasion you need to be aware of items that are harmful for your kids. You should frequently go through your home room by room and make sure there are no issues inside of reach.

Kitchen: It is vital in the kitchen to place safety latches on any cabinet doors you don’t want kids opening and closing-especially all of the cabinets holding cleaners as well as other dangerous items. Other options include: 

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

Bathrooms: Water is quite hazardous to small children. Toilets may require a child locking mechanism to ensure that they're closed, and you’ll want to make sure to never leave water standing in your tub. Additionally, give some thought to turning your hot water heater down so that no potentially scalding water will come streaming through the faucets. Also ensure that you: 

  • Put covers on all of the electric outlets
  • Lock cupboards containing chemicals/cleansers
  • Make sure kids have zero access to medicines

Living Areas: Sharp corners are a massive risk factor in communal rooms. When little ones start to maneuver around, it is all too easy to smack heads and tumble into edges. Safety buffers can go a long way to help make these items less dangerous. Several other considerations are: 

  • No looped cords on window shades or draperies
  • No unfastened electric cords
  • Safety covers on outlets
  • Move heavy books as well as other things that may be yanked off shelves out of reach
  • Secure furniture on the wall to prevent tipping
  • No climbing accessibility from your furniture to potentially hazardous high places (like windows)

It is also recommended that you consider precautions for bigger dangers. Stairwells may need gates to stop little ones from going up or falling down. Areas you do not prefer young children to gain access to can be locked with childproof handles. Swimming pools need secured gates. Remember-anything that seems like fun will probably be the target for exploration at some point in the future. Thus, as the moving company in Little Rock is unloading your things and you are unpacking at your new residence, make time to childproof each room….and keep your kids safe!