Childproofing Your New House in Oklahoma City

moving -  childproof your homeBy Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

Of course we like to trust that our residences are our safe spots, however if you simply look at your home through the eyes of a child, there is danger at every turn. From the electrical outlets simply tempting tiny fingers to investigate them to the harsh edges of fireplaces, all those fixtures you don't ever truly paused to contemplate have now become a danger.

A great occasion to childproof your new home is immediately after the moving company in Oklahoma City arrives to unload your possessions. Then, you are able to set up your home and take care of safety issues in a single swoop. Having said that, when you are moving is not the only point in time you should be mindful of items that are hazardous for your children. It is best to regularly go through your house room by room and make sure there aren't any issues within reach.

Kitchen area: It is vital in the kitchen to place safety latches on any cupboard doors you don’t want little ones opening up and closing-especially all of the cabinets storing cleaners along with other harmful items. Other options involve: 

  • Storing all cleaning materials up out of reach
  • Putting covers on all outlets
  • Locking any drawers which contain sharp objects
  • Keeping glass bottles and other breakables out of reach

Bathrooms: Water is quite dangerous to young children. Toilets may need a child lock to make sure they're not open, and you will want to make sure to never leave water standing in your tub. Furthermore, think about turning your hot water heater down to make sure that no potentially scalding water should come streaming through the faucets. As well make sure to: 

  • Put covers on all outlets
  • Lock cabinets containing chemicals/cleansers
  • Make certain children don't have any access to prescription medications

Living Spaces: Sharp edges tend to be a huge risk factor in communal rooms. When toddlers start to move about, it is easy to hit heads and crash into corners. Safety buffers will go a long way to help make these items much safer. Additional things to consider are: 

  • No looped cords on blinds or drapes
  • No loose power cords
  • Safety covers on electric outlets
  • Move large books and other things that can be pulled off shelves out of reach
  • Secure household furniture on the wall to circumvent tipping
  • No climbing access from furniture to potentially dangerous high spaces (for instance windows)

Additionally it is a good idea to consider safety measures for larger risks. Stairwells could need gates to stop youngsters from going up or falling down. Rooms you do not want youngsters to get into could be secured with childproof handles. Swimming pools need secured gates. Remember-anything that looks like fun will likely be the target for investigation at some time in the future. Thus, as the moving company in Oklahoma City is unloading your things and you are unpacking at your new home, make time to childproof each and every room….and keep your youngsters safe!