Handyman Tips To Child-Proof Your Home

Handyman ConwayIf your family is expecting a baby or if you live with kids and toddlers, you should begin the important home improvement task of child-proofing your home. Children do not know yet what is right or wrong and are often exploring their surroundings. If you cannot be with them 24/7, a handyman says you need to take the time and effort to ensure they are safe inside your home by child-proofing it.

Childproofing your home depends on the age of the baby or child you are living with. Here are some basic things you can do in your next home improvement project to ensure your kids and babies are safe and secure.

Child-Proofing Your Home According To A Handyman

Baby, less than one-year-old

  • Install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your home. If you already have one, check that they have fresh batteries and if they are in good working condition.
  • Place a fire extinguisher throughout the house, particularly in the kitchen, garage, utility room, and near the baby’s room.
  • Check all doors and windows to ensure they can be closed easily and tightly.
  • Adjust your water heater settings to the right temperature for the baby.

Toddlers, 3-5 years old

These kids are enthusiastic explorers. They will be creative and get into just about anything to satisfy their curiosity. And often times, they end up hurting themselves in the process. Because you can’t watch them all the time, it helps to prepare your house for your young explorers.

  • Place all poisonous cleaning products, chemicals, fertilizers, and others in a place where they cannot be reached by toddlers. Lock them up if possible, and use them only when the toddlers are not around so they won’t get the idea of playing with them.
  • Put a lock or latch on your refrigerator so that toddlers won’t easily be able to open it.
  • Use covers for your stove dials. If you don’t want to put a gate up to the kitchen, make sure your kids won’t be able to reach the stove or knobs to the burners.
  • A handyman suggests on installing a gate to prevent them from playing near or on the stairs. It also helps to put a gate to the kitchen where they can access various dangerous tools and equipment. If you don’t know how to install these gates, have your local home improvement professional do the installation.
  • Install outlet covers to protect the kids from electrocuting themselves should they think about sticking their fingers or their toys inside the outlets.
  • Make sure all electrical outlets, and any type of cord, is out of reach for the toddlers. If possible, make them invisible to their every curious eye. If they can’t see them, they won’t be curious enough to check them out and possibly play with them.
  • Keep things that you don’t want your kids to play with inside cabinets and drawers and install child locks on them to prevent kids from getting into them.
  • Add padding to sharp edges of your furniture, cabinets, and counters.

If you have more questions on home improvement and childproofing your house, call Handyman Conway now.


Handyman Conway
Conway, SC  29526