According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 2.3 million children are accidentally injured every year in their own home. If you are a parent of small children, it’s imperative that you take appropriate steps to childproof your home as much as possible. While it may seem costly and time consuming to do so, it can prevent a serious injury. Plus, there are affordable ways to childproof your home. Here are some tips.
- Prevent finger pinching in doors by taking a bath towel and throwing over the top of the door. You can jam a towel in the hinge too to restrict the door even more.
- Eliminate refrigerator magnets. Many parents don’t realize that while a magnet on the fridge may be very large, if the magnetic piece breaks off, it can be a choking hazard for small children. Keep in mind that the plastic magnet letters that are made for kids are only for ages 3+.
- Watch where you place knick-knacks. This can include small ceramic and glass figurines, ashtrays, crystal, candy dishes, potpourri, glass frames, etc. These should be taken off low shelves and tables that small children can reach.
- Also watch where you put plants. Even though a plant may not be toxic, toddlers are often attracted to putting leaves and flowers in their mouths, which presents a choking hazard.
These are just a few things to watch out for when it comes to childproofing your home. There are many other affordable ways you can make your house safer for small children, including keeping hot beverages and food out of reach, making sure your doors fully close so your child can’t walk out on his own, and investing in GFI outlets, which are outlets that you can shut the power off to if nothing is plugged in.
At Byrnes Insurance Agency, we understand how important your family and your home is. We take pride in the fact that so many residents trust us with one of their most valuable assets, and because of this we take the time and care needed to make sure our customers understand the various options available to them, including Windham County Homeowners Insurance and more. Please contact us at one of our various locations throughout Connecticut for more information.