Child Safety and Your Locks

Tips To Help You Keep Your Child Out Of Harm’s Way

The number one concern among parents is ensuring that their child is safe. You want your toddler to explore the world around them while keeping them out of harm’s way at the same time. Toddlers seem to be attracted to trouble and if left to their own devices can get into plenty of it. Luckily, there are ways that you can safeguard your home to be more child safe.

Children become ill, and some even lose their lives every year to accidental poisoning. Toddlers cannot read labels and don’t understand that your brightly colored cleaning supply bottles contain harmful chemicals. Toddlers can seem to be master locksmiths at times, breaking into even the most childproofed cabinets. Keeping your chemicals and cleaning supplies in a closet that is high off the ground and not accessible to your toddler will prevent them from accidentally ingesting anything that they shouldn’t. It is always a smart idea to have the poison control hotline number on hand though just in case.

If there is one thing a toddler loves, it is water. They are fascinated with water from the faucets and usually enjoy bath time. Although water is fun to play with, if it gets too hot it can cause painful burns. Control the temperature of your water at home by setting your water heater not to go above a predetermined temperature, so that accidentally turning on the hot water does not result in them being burned.

Toddlers love to climb just about anything that they think they can conquer. While it is amusing to watch your little one climb, you should keep in mind that if what they are climbing is not secured properly they can become seriously injured. Bookcases are a great place to store books and toys but should be anchored to the wall to prevent tipping over when your toddler decides to pretend it is a mountain. A good method to figuring out which furniture should be secured is to think like your toddler. Imagine how they will push, pull and climb each piece of furniture and secure it accordingly.

If there is one thing that children are attracted to, it is electrical outlets. They see cords plugged into them that bring things to life, so it is only natural that they would want to play with them. If your toddler succeeds in sticking a metal object into the outlet, they are lucky if they only receive a nasty shock. Electricity is powerful, and sometimes the results can be grave. Avoid this scenario from happening at all by investing in plastic covers for your outlets. These inexpensive plugs can mean the difference between the life and death of a curious toddler.

If keeping doors closed is not sufficient, or your child is adept at reaching door handles, you may also need to consider locking internal and external doors to keep your child away from danger. Call a local locksmith to review your current locks to see whether you need some additional locks installing.

It can seem like you are running in circles trying to keep your toddler safe. Hopefully, this article has given you some great ideas to make your home as safe as possible for your curious little one.