Foresight Childproofing Tips

Safety doesn’t have to be expensive. When we discuss childproofing with parents during an In-home Safety Survey they are often surprised that the majority of the discussion has nothing to do with products. Here are a few free safety steps parents can implement today:

Test how hot your water is.

Children’s skin is thinner than adults which makes them more susceptible to burns at a lower temp. Take a meat thermometer, place it in a coffee cup in the sink and run the hot water into the cup for 3 minutes. The temp should be no higher than 120 degrees. Most hot water tanks have a simple dial you can turn to lower the temp. Please note it can take 24 hours for the tank to adjust to the new setting.

Do you have a monitor on the crib rail?

Keep the monitor (and any other cords) 3 feet away from the crib. Most monitors have a simple notch on the back making it easy to hang from a wall.

Discourage play in/around the kitchen.

When a parent is moving from the stove top to the sink to strain a pot of pasta or moving a dish from the oven to counter, it is important that children and their toys are not in the area. It is often our goal to make the kitchen the most boring place in the home for children.

View any items used for cooking as tools not toys.

The wooden spoon may be a fun toy on the floor but can be very dangerous when it is sticking out of a boiling pan of spaghetti sauce. Once you allow a child to play with something it has become their toy even when they are tall enough to reach the stove top.

Close bedroom doors.

The smoke of a fire is the first concern, it spreads much faster than flames. By closing the door you are buying valuable time and clean air for your child in the event of a fire.

Check recalls.

Visit our home page, and you will find a link to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. From there you can sign up to receive free recall updates on child related products.

Please remember, there is no singular solution to keep your child safe.  It is the sum total of our efforts starting with parental supervision, moving chemicals out of reach, testing your smoke & carbon monoxide detectors, adding a safety gate and more that make our homes safer places for children.

Contact us for more information about these tips and how we can help make your home a safer and happier place for your family.