As a parent, you will know how determined children can be when they want something even if this means putting themselves in danger. So it is imperative to ensure your house is safe enough if you have children of your own or children who regularly visit you. There are a number of relatively simple methods to ensure you have adequately baby-proofed your home; from installing useful safety window stops, to rearranging the furniture in your home. Protecting your small children from the dangers associated with windows and doors is vital to their well-being and safety, so we have written a guide on how to baby proof windows and doors successfully.
The Most Successful Way to Baby Proof Windows and Doors
The main reason we all worry about windows is the risk of a child falling out of one. Young children are not great at recognising when they are putting themselves in danger, so this is why, as an adult in a position of responsibility, it is your duty to prevent this from happening. Creating the ideal home environment for your child is all about being able to identify the potential household hazards and preventing the risks from occurring.
Locking a window and hiding the key is the easiest and most powerful way of preventing your child from escaping or falling out of it. Most windows automatically contain built-in locks, however, if not, then you can easily purchase installable locks for sliding windows. Nevertheless, this is not a long-term solution to the problem. At some point, probably during the summer months, you will probably want to open your windows which will subsequently flaw the safety measure you have put into place. You can, however, install additional safety measures, such as window restrictions, to further improve the safety of your home and protect your children even when you have the windows open.
This alternative safety measure prevents you from being able to open your window fully. This device allows a fresh air supply into your home but manages to protect your children at the same time. Most window restrictions available are designed for sash windows, casement windows and open-out windows. It is essential to purchase suitable window restrictions if your home contains any of these styles of window. You can find them easily online from places such as Jackloc or in most homeware high street shops.
This safety method is designed specifically for single, double hung and sliding windows and can be fitted either in a locked or vent position. A window stop is essentially a wedge that prevents the window from being opened, securing it shut. However, it can also be used to keep the window open just ajar; allowing a fresh supply of air into your home through a 4-inch gap. These window stops are widely available online from sites like locksonline and Screwfix. You must remember to attach stops to all the windows in your home to guarantee the highest level of safety.
Sofas, chairs, cupboards and shelves can make for convenient climbing frames, so it is essential to move all of your furniture away from window sills. Rearrange any furniture that might make windows more accessible to small children. Make sure to check all of the rooms in your home and ensure nothing is too close to open windows. If you do not have any window restrictions installed or alternative safety measures in place, then it is imperative to move all furniture away from windows. We do, however, strongly suggest having all of these safety measures in place as well as rearranging your furniture.
Safety Proofing Blind cords
Blind cords are a major safety risk to small children. After a number of child fatalities due to blind cords, all blinds should now comply with new standards; limiting cord length and include breakaway components. If the blind cord is exposed to any undue pressure, the blind cord should automatically break.
Because children have a tendency to wrap things around their necks, you can now purchase cordless blinds, which is a much safer alternative to traditional blinds and prevents entanglement. It is vital to make sure you have effective hooks designed to keep the cord taut if you have roller blinds installed in your home. Any loose cords should never be tied together, but instead kept well out the way using hooks and cleats. By law now, all blinds with cords must be secured using a child safety device.
Baby Proofing Doors
Doors are another hazard that can result in severe child injuries but can easily be prevented. The most significant risks include children catching their fingers in door hinges and shutting limbs in doors. However, these hazards can easily be prevented by installing further safety devices.
Slamming prevention devices are a powerful way of eliminating the problem of doors slamming onto fingers. The protective foam device or plastic clip stops the door from shutting completely, providing an effective soft layer and preventing injuries. These are widely available in a variety of colours and from a number of places online and in store. They are, however, only available for internal doors and do not protect small fingers from the dangers associated with hinges.
To protect small children from door hinges, devices such as a slimline protector, are ideal for preventing hands from getting trapped. These safety devices are easy to fit, relatively affordable and straightforward to clean. As your child gets older, they will eventually learn the dangers of door hinges and will no longer need a hinge protector fitted. These make for the ideal temporary solution to the problem.
As your child starts to crawl it won’t be long until they have learnt to climb and this is the point at which they can get themselves into great danger. Make sure that before your child gets to this stage, that you have implemented all of the necessary provisions we have suggested. They are all fairly affordable and easy to achieve. If you have older windows that could pose a threat to your child’s safety, it is worth looking into replacing your existing windows. It will be a worthwhile investment in guaranteeing the safety of your children.