While you may not be bringing home a bundle of joy anytime soon, that bundle may very well be coming to you this holiday season, as the time for visiting family and friends ensues. In anticipation, you may want to rethink the safety of your home – it may pose no threat to you or your spouse, but kid-proofing can be a bit more in-depth than making the fine china and crystal goblets unreachable (although you’ll definitely want to do that).
You might be familiar with baby-proofing, but the fact of the matter is, unintentional injury is the leading cause of death in kids 14 and under. What’s more is that more than a third of these injuries happen at home.
So before you receive some pint-sized visitors this season, make sure you’ve combed your home for potential hazards. Here are a few great tips:
- Keep guns locked up and out of reach
- Remove any items that are hot, sharp or choking hazards from a (under 14) child’s reach.
- Install smoke detectors
- Install doorknob covers to rooms that are potentially dangerous to children (i.e. dens, exercise rooms, etc.).
- If you’re making a bed for a child, keep the multiple pillows and soft bedding out of the mix.
- Fold up any exercise treadmills, ellipticals or bikes and stow them out of the way.
Here’s to a safe holiday season.