Babyproofing Essentials: How to Make Your Home Safe

From ConsumerNotice.Org:

Baby chewing on a toy car

Unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death of children in the United States, and most injuries happen in and around the home. Fortunately, many accidents are preventable if you properly babyproof your home. Following several simple steps can keep your baby safe from the bassinet to the bathtub and beyond.

Bringing home baby is an exciting moment for any parent, but it can also be one fraught with anxiety. One common area of concern: how to adapt your home so it’s safe for your child.

The good news is that most injuries are predictable and preventable, and by properly babyproofing, you can create a safe and secure environment where your baby can explore and learn.

Electrical Hazards

Once they start to crawl, babies seem magnetically drawn to electrical outlets, and that can be a recipe for disaster. In fact, most electric shocks in young children are caused by them sticking metal objects into unprotected electrical outlets and appliances or biting into electrical cords.

There are numerous devices on the market, ranging from outlet caps and covers to outlet plates. But because toddlers can easily remove an outlet protector, the best option is to install a tamper-resistant outlet.

That said, even tamper-resistant outlets aren’t completely tamper proof, so be sure to keep a close eye on your baby when they begin to crawl and explore.

Other steps that can minimize electrical hazards include:

  • Putting furniture in front of outlets to make them harder to get to and hiding power strips so your baby can’t see them
  • Having an electrician uninstall outlets you aren’t using
  • Talking to your child as they grow and teaching them about electrical dangers

Wittle's Electrical Safety Kit can help decrease the dangers of little ones getting into electrical dangers. Wittle also offers many other baby proofing products to protect your little ones from the dangers in your home.

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