How to Baby Proof Your Home
Baby proofing your home may seem like a simple process but there’s more to it than you may think. The reason being that with technology evolving at a pace never before seen, we purchase new things for our homes we may not think could cause harm to us or our children. We may not find out until much later that the new piece of tech we bought that automates all of our electricity could pose a serious danger to a crawling baby or toddler.
Most people may think baby proofing your home is as simple as adding safety plugs or outlet covers to electrical sockets. While this is a big part of it, there is way more to it than that. At Chadwick Electric, we like to educate our clients on lighting and anything else that has to do with electricity. With so many new families starting in Ft. Collins, baby proofing your home is a topic that comes up often when we install new lighting. Below, we have listed steps you need to take to start baby proofing your home right away!
How to Prevent Falls
Your new home will be full of areas where your child could potentially fall and hurt themselves. A good way to prevent falls is to never leave your baby unattended on your bed, sofa, a high chair, kitchen table, or any other area that’s too high up. Windows are a featured attraction for babies because they offer amazing views of the outside world. Over 5,000 children fall from windows each year so adding a window guard, window stop, or safety net is advised.
How to Protect from the Sun
Depending on where you live, the sun can be a much greater danger to your baby on a daily basis than usual. In Ft. Collins, where it could snow in the morning and melt by the afternoon, you’ll want to make sure you take necessary precautions to prevent skin damage and excess heat in your home.
Investing in Home Window Tinting can maintain a steady temperature and prevent the sun from overheating rooms in your home. We deal with families all the time who don’t let their children play in certain rooms because it gets too hot during the day. With home window tinting they don’t have to worry about that.
Electrical Outlets, Appliances, and Cords
Safety plugs, and outlet covers are a must in a new home with a new baby. It’s also best to hide electrical cords behind furniture or buy a hide-a-cord device. All electrical appliances should be kept out of sight and out of reach. If you have Christmas lighting in your home, you’ll need to take the same precautions as you would everything else. If you need help baby proofing your lighting fixtures, let us know and we can help!
Baby Proof your Furniture
Use edge guards to hide sharp areas on furniture. Make sure to replace shaky or wobbly furniture as kids grab and pull anything they can. Consider anchoring furniture to the wall to make sure it can’t topple over. Don’t leave anything breakable on living room furniture.
If you have any questions on lighting or need an electrician to consult with, give us a call! (970) 484-0544