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Posted by Bob Falter, CRS, GRI on 3/13/2019

If you are going to keep your infants safe in your home, then it is crucial that you baby proof your home. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention report home accidents as the leading cause of infant deaths around the country. As soon as your baby starts crawling, then the likelihood of getting into an accident just shot up. Let this checklist serve as a guide as you make your home conducive and safe for your little infant.

  • Cover the edges of your furniture and fittings with safety padding.
  • Use childproof latches to secure any cabinets, shelves, drawers, or cupboards that are accessible to the baby; especially the bottom ones.
  • Remember to unplug all unused electrical appliances. The electrical cords can become a strangulation hazard in the hands of an 11-month-old.
  • Remove all poisonous plants and shrubbery out of the reach of your baby. Crawling infants have been known to attempt chewing on potted plants in the living area.
  • Always keep small toys and moving parts out of the reach of the baby, they might end up becoming a choking hazard.
  • Don't place your baby in a freshly painted nursery or crib to avoid exposing them to potentially deadly toxicants in the air. Complete all painting and wallpapering at least two months before the baby's arrival.
  • Use leather straps to hold TVs, bookshelves, mirrors, and dressers in place to avoid your crawling infant crashing into them.
  • Move cleaning supplies, detergents, chemicals from the lower cabinet levels to the higher ones. Also, remember to keep all medicines and drugs safely out of the reach of your infants. Securely lock the liquor cabinet from the baby as alcohol is quite poisonous in infants.
  • Make sure that you have a thick piece of rug in the baby's nursery to cushion the effects of any falls. The baby's high chair should also be sturdy enough to carry the weight of the baby without tipping over.
  • Get a safety gate and mount at the doorways of rooms that are out of bounds to the baby. You could also place them at entrances leading to the staircases or use stair gates where necessary. 

If you want to learn more about baby proofing your home, get an essential childproofing safety kit from the nearest superstore to you. If your home doesnít have the perfect nursery, reach out to your real estate professional to see if a home near you does.





Posted by Bob Falter, CRS, GRI on 7/6/2014

While home is a place where you want to rest, play and relax with the family; it is also a place where accidents can happen. †Most children will get bumps and bruises, that is to be expected as children run and play; but some more serious injuries can be preventable.† It can be very difficult placing restraints on kids as they play, so the next alternative is to make the home a safe place for children to be in. Here are some safety tips that should be followed for different areas in the home. THE KITCHEN

  • Knives, scissors, forks and other sharp tools should be placed in the drawer secured with a childproof latch.
  • Locks should be installed on dishwashers so kids cannot open them while they are running.
  • When cooking, handles of pots and frying pans should be turned away and placed in a position that adventurous children cannot reach.
  • Cabinets under the sink should be free of all dangerous chemicals such as, detergents, dish washing liquid, and cleaning products. †Cabinets that can be accessed by children should also be secured with a safety lock.
  • Keep all plastic or polythene bags, and small objects out of the reach of children to eliminate the risk of choking and suffocation.
The Childrenís Bedroom
  • The babyís changing table should have a safety belt.
  • Baby cribs should be free of stuffed pillows, large stuffed animals and bumper pads to reduce the risk of child suffocation.
  • Toy chests and containers should have a safety feature that prevents them from slamming shut.
  • Safety latches should be installed on bureau drawers, closet doors and any other restricted areas in the child's room.
  • All furniture, toys and accessories in a child's room need to be age appropriate.
The Adultís Bedroom
  • All medication bottles, loose pills, coins and sharp objects should be kept out of the reach of children.
  • Window blinds should be tied and kept suspended at heights that children cannot reach.
  • For parents who own fire arms, they should be locked and kept secured at all times. Ammunition should be stored separately in a secure location. †Children should never have any access to firearms or ammunition.
Electricals
  • All unused electrical outlets should be protected with safety guards and major electrical appliances should be grounded to prevent shocks.
  • Be certain that all electrical cords, and small electrical appliances are out of a child's reach.
  • A smoke detector should be installed on each floor of your home.
  • The most common source of carbon monoxide comes from open flames, such as ovens and ranges. †It can be formed from an incomplete combustion from any flame fueled device like clothes dryers, furnaces, fireplaces and even water heaters. For this reason it is strongly recommended to install carbon monoxide detectors.
Bathrooms
  • The hot water thermostat should be set below 120 degrees.
  • All sharp objects like razor blades should be stored away in a locked cabinet.
  • There should be non-slip pads on the bathroom floor to prevent the child from slipping.
  • Bottles containing chemicals such as mouth wash, perfumes, hair dyes, and nail polish remover should be stored in a safe and secure location out of the reach of children.
  • Child safety latches should be installed on the toilet, cabinets, and doors.
All parents should take the responsibility of ensuring their child's safety seriously. †There are many resources and products available to help ensure that a child is safe within their own home.  





Posted by Bob Falter, CRS, GRI on 5/4/2014

Kids, since they are naturally curious, require special measures to ensure their safety. Whether this is your first child, or your fifth, everyone can use a refresher course about kidís safety in the home. By being vigilant and following a few simple rules, you can help ensure that your kids stay safe in their own home. Cover it Up Those seemingly benign electrical outlets might not seem like they are out of the ordinary to you, but to your child, they might as well be magical. They seem to beg to have something, anything, poked into them. In order to protect you child from being shocked, or even electrocuted, invest in a couple packages of outlet covers. It is best to keep a few around since they tend to get misplaced when they are removed. Just be sure to keep loose outlet covers out of the reach of small children who still put things in their mouths. They can be a choking hazard. Gate it Up Baby gates, as they are commonly known, are also called safety gates. Unlike the ones popular in the past, these safety accessories no longer feature triangular shaped openings. Instead, many of them are made of a mesh pattern covering that eliminates the ability of the child to put their head through the opening. While safety gates are often used to block the ability of the child to go up or down a set of stairs, they can be used for much more. You can keep your child in a particular room while you are busy with chores. Conversely, you can also keep your child from accessing a particular room by placing a safety gate at the opening. These days, safety gates come in a variety of different widths, with many of them able to accommodate a range of openings. In addition, there are also many options when it comes to the latches that open the gate. This allows people with limited mobility to choose the gates that enable them to easily open them. Safety Latches Latches will keep your child out of the drawers and cabinets where you store your pots and pans, as well as any hazardous materials.† They help to keep your child safe while still allowing accessibility to the tools you need to complete your daily chores. Today, you can find many different tools and resources to keep your kids safe in your home. After all, you want your home to be a source of comfort for them.