How to Child-Proof Your Home

Even if you don’t have young children, you may have family, friends or neighbors who do. Below are several tips to help you childproof your home before they visit. Help your family and friends with young children improve the safety of their homes by forwarding this information to them.

Cover electrical outlets. Plastic electrical covers are a cheap and easy way to protect small children from harm.

Place fragile items and valuables up high. If it’s shiny, colorful, expensive, or made of glass, chances are little hands will want to touch it. Make sure it stays in one piece by placing it on a high shelf or putting it away until your guests leave.Baby2

Get in touch with your inner child. Thank back to when you were a child and look around your home. Which items would you most like to play with? Move the trinkets or rare books from the lower book shelves, remove any possible choking hazards, and put child locks on the lower kitchen cabinets to ensure that nothing gets broken or misplaced.

Get down to their level. Children are small, so crouch down to their height and travel around your house, looking for areas where they might trip, hit their heads, or possible poke an eye out. If possible, purpose rubber bumpers from the store and place them on your furniture; move potentially dangerous furniture or warn the parents ahead of time.

 Think ahead. Slipcovers over your chairs and sofa are easy to wash should they get dirty. Placemats on your end tables or coffee table can protect the wood from scratching.

Talk to the parents ahead of time. If you have rules you’d like the children to abide by, tell the parents before they visit. That way they can prepare their children and enforce your rules.

Remember, it is always toasty in Naples and you deserve your piece of Naples sunshine and a safe home!


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