How do I childproof my house?

Small children see the world different than you. In order to fully childproof your home, you need to get down on a child’s level to see what they see, so that you can see the dangers and do what it takes to correct them. Some good general starting points:

  • Post emergency numbers, including police, fire, ambulance, doctor’s number, emergency room and poison control in a central location, such as a refrigerator.
  • All outlets should have cover plates and outlet covers. Leave appliances unplugged when you’re not using them.
  • All bedrooms and hallways should have smoke detectors.
  • All windows should have window stops that are easily removed by an adult (in case the window needs to be used as an exit in an emergency).
  • All cords to window blinds should be out of reach or cut in half to prevent strangulation.
  • All doors should have hook-and-eye latches installed in case you need to keep a child out of that room. Take off door locks on bathrooms and bedrooms to prevent children from accidentally locking themselves in the room.
  • All cabinet and cupboard doors should also be latched.
  • Keep all detergents, chemicals and drugs out of reach.
  • Install lid locks on your toilets.
    Turn down your water heater to prevent scalding (120º F or less).
  • Keep step stools in a latched closet.
  • Contain your trash in a bin with a lockable lid.
  • Keep houseplants out of reach.
  • Use safety gates to contain children in the room with you. Place safety gates at the bottom and top of all staircases.
    Use bumpers on furniture corners.
  • Secure your bookshelves, media shelves, curio cabinets and entertainment cabinets to the wall to prevent heavy pieces of furniture from topping over onto children.
  • Keep all matches and lighters out of the reach of children.

Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

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