According to a recent CBS News report, a child under age five falls down the stairs and is taken to the hospital every six minutes in the United States. It begs the question: What’s the best way to child-proof your Huntington Beach home? For parents with small children, making even simple changes when they bring a new baby home is essential. Here are some tips to keep in mind.
Outlet Covers: These are nothing short of life-savers and can keep your crawling toddler from sticking their fingers into unprotected outlets.
Remove Small Items: Once children are mobile, the number of hazards at your Huntington Beach home multiply exponentially. The biggest concern is choking, so it’s important to remove or put away small items that could be a danger.
Account for Older Children: Like the report pointed out, older children are still very much at risk for falling down stairs, especially when they’re new walkers.
Heat: Anything with heat like the oven, a fireplace, and candles should be well-protected from the hands of a child. Oven locks are essential and should be installed to prevent your child from opening the oven while it’s on, but also to prevent them from placing objects in the oven that you’re not aware of. The last thing you need it to pre-heat the oven with your remote control inside.
Technology: Protecting kids from technology is important, and it’s amazing just how adept small babies are at using smartphones. If you have older children who play games, make sure they’re not consistently purchasing “lives” to stay alive in a game. By the same token, kids can accidentally purchase expensive apps, sending your credit card bill through the roof. Make sure your passwords are long and complicated, and certainly something a child can’t figure out. Don’t forget to change your password often as well.
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