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Moving Tips: Making the new home childproof

Make sure windows are locked so children can't open them.

Make sure windows are locked so children can't open them.

Many parents worry about making their home as safe as possible for their children, and doing what you can to prevent childhood injury is always important. When moving into a new home, it may be important to take extra care, as an unfamiliar dwelling may have items that are unexpected, but can cause harm.

When moving in, be sure that there aren't piles of heavy items or boxes, as this can be a dangerous hazard for a youngster intent on running around. Make sure that boxes with sharp objects such as knives or tools are not within their reach, and try to keep children away when unpacking these items.

It is also important to keep in mind that there are general items that need to be secured no matter how long you have lived in the home. This includes ensuring that every power outlet is either being used or has a protective safety cap. In addition, make sure that all poisonous items are either well out of reach or are in a cupboard that can be locked.

Be sure that items that only need to be temporarily plugged in are removed as soon as you are done with them. This is especially true in the bathroom, as hair dryers and curling irons are both burning and shock hazards. Ensuring that the water in the home is only set to 120 degrees is important, as hotter water can severely hurt young children.

One way that can keep children out of areas where they aren't supposed to be is to have gates blocking open doorways. However, as the child gets older, it may be good to keep in mind that the strategy may need to change. In this case, there are doorknob covers that will prevent a child from entering rooms they are supposed to stay away from.

Keep in mind that blinds and shades with long cords can be dangerous to children. In order to prevent an accident, keep these items trimmed, or put them far from a child's reach.

Finally, if the child's room is upstairs, make sure that their windows are fastened. There are many devices that can prevent a window from going up too far, and this could save a child's life. As a further deterrent, always leave windows locked, if possible.