Basic Childproofing: Three Danger Zones

Basic Childproofing: Three Danger Zones

Jason Yang
Mar 20, 2013

If you're a parent, your child's safety is undoubtedly high on your list of concerns (followed closely by having a good internet/cell connection). But tech and babies don't always mix, and there are dangers everywhere we look within our homes. A small number of changes and additions can bring a bundle of safety to your home, for hands both big and small.

A humorous photo for a serious concern for parents: How to Babyproof Your Flat Screen TV 

Television Safety: According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission via Consumer Reports, "televisions were involved in furniture tip-over accidents that killed 206 children ages 8 and younger in the United States during the years 2000 to 2011." Be sure to babyproof your flat screen TV and make sure your TV is secure! Don't forget your computer monitors as well, which can just as easily fall with a desk bump or cable pull from a small child.

Plugs & Outlets: According to Electrical Safety Foundational International, "each day, nearly 7 children are treated in hospital emergency rooms for electrical shock or burn injuries caused by tampering with a wall outlet." Now look around your home at all the outlets easily within reach of children. It's scary how many you can count! Outlet safety covers are a first line of defense and relatively inexpensive.

Even if you've gone around and sealed up all the outlets, take a look down by your computer and electronics and you'll probably notice a rat's nest of cables and plugs. If you haven't been motivated to organize your mess, now's the time with your child's safety as motivation. Use a cable organizer box to hide away the power strip, hide your cables in molding, and generally exercise a little cord control to keep things tucked away and out of reach.

Appliances & Accessories: Be careful about hot surfaces such as heaters and radiators. You can install locks and guards designed for washers, dryers, dishwashers, and ovens.

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(Images: Shutterstock/Creativemarc, Sonia Zjawinski; FEMA, Amazon)

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