On average, babies begin to crawl at 8 months. It’s important to prepare the house with some of these tips to keep baby safe well in advance of that time! It is important to realize that when we talk about childproofing, we are really talking about reducing the likelihood for injuries.
There is absolutely no way that any environment can be made 100% safe. But our tips and tricks can help you reduce the amount of injuries suffered by around 90%. After all, we are a group of firefighters and have witnessed first hand many preventable injuries and there is no one better equipped to help you identify and remedy a potentially unsafe environment than us!
Here are some quick tips to get you started:
•Don’t hold your baby while cooking at the stove.
•Turn pot handles toward the back of the stove.
•Secure the oven door with an appliance latch.
•Put safety plugs or outlet covers over unused outlets or block with furniture.
•Hide electrical cords behind furniture or use hide-a-cord device.
•Keep blow dryers, toasters, and other appliances unplugged and out of reach.
•Keep knives, breakables, heavy pots, and other dangerous items locked up or out of reach.
•Control access to unsafe areas with safety gates, door locks, and knob covers.
•Put locks or latches on accessible cabinets and drawers that contain unsafe items.
•Keep trash cans in inaccessible cupboards or use cans with child-resistant covers.
•Attach corner and edge guards to tables.
•Secure furniture that can topple (bookcases, chests of drawers) to the walls.
•Anchor TVs with safety straps so they can’t fall on your baby.