If you’re pregnant and about to have a child, you’re probably in the process of nesting. This nesting phase includes cleaning your home and preparing to bring a new little one home. Part of this process should be child-proofing your home. There are likely many dangers that lurk all over your home. For a child who will soon be crawling all over the place to get where they need to go and investigate, you’ll be thankful you took the time to assess your home ahead of time.

Cover Electrical Outlets

A big hazard that you need to watch out for is theelectrical outlets in your home. They are almost at ground level, making them easy for little children to get to. This is true even for kids who aren’t walking yet. Babies and toddlers are very tempted by the thought of sticking toys in these outlets.

Pool Fences

According to GBW Law, pool accidents can result in drowning deaths or permanent brain damage. Make sure that you have a secure fence around your pool so that children cannot get in unless they are with an adult. Have the fence that is at least 4-5 feet tall to prevent a child from climbing over the fence. A pool alarm is also a good investment.

Stairs

It’s very simple for a child to fall down the stairs. They just have to crawl over to the staircase and take a quick tumble down to become severely injured. Michigan Medicine suggests using  high-quality baby gates both on the bottom and top of the stairs to prevent this from happening. Make sure the gate is properly installed in order to prevent the child from pushing on the gate to make it fall.

Lock Medicine Cabinets

If you have medications in the home, keep them locked up in a secure medicine cabinet. A bottle of over-the-counter pain relievers can be deadly if they fall into the wrong hands. Not only do babies not know the difference between a bottle of pills and candy and can overdose on the medication, but small pills can also be a choking hazard for young children, especially babies.

Safe Firearm Storage

Montana is ranked as one of the highest states in the nation when it comes to firearm ownership per household. If you don’t have your firearms safely secured, this could pose a deadly situation in your home. Make sure that your firearms are secured in a gun safe and are not stored while loaded to prevent tragic accidents.

 

You have to put yourself in the position of a child to think of all the dangers that are in your home. Start at ground level and work your way up. You can invest in child safety locks for various areas of your home, but make sure that you don’t cheap out on the quality.

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