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Making Your New Home Safe For Children

When you have children, safety should be your top priority. There are many hazards in the average household that need to be taken care of to make it safe for children. When you move to a new home, you have to start the child proofing process all over again. Once your Maryland movers have moved everything into your new home, it’s time to make sure that your new home is safe for your little ones. There are several different things you can do to make it happen.

Smoke Detectors And Carbon Monoxide Alarms

One of the first things you should do is check for smoke detectors in your new home. Since you likely don’t know when the batteries were changed, it’s a good idea to start out with a fresh set of batteries. You should have a smoke detector on each level of your home as well as in every bedroom. It’s also important to have a carbon monoxide alarm. You need at least one, but it’s a good idea to have one on each floor of your home as well.

Cover The Outlets

Electrical outlets are right as a child’s level, and they are often tempted to stick their fingers or other objects in them. To prevent this, use outlet covers and put them in all of your outlets. Make sure you go with ones that your child isn’t able to pull out, because not only does it defeat the purpose, but it can also be a choking hazard.

Safety Gates

For dangerous rooms such as the kitchen, consider installing a safety gate. You can get a cheap wooden one that will do the job, or you can spend a little more and buy one that you can install that opens and closes with the push of a button. This will help keep your little one out of the kitchen, preventing burns and falls.  Install them at the bottom and top of stairs as well if your child is unable to go safely up or down without your help.

Keep Medications Up High

Accidental poisoning is something that can be deadly. Even if a medication has a child safety cap, it’s important to keep it out of children’s reach. You never know when your child will figure out how to open them, leading to possibly devestating consequences. Keep them out of sight and reach of your children. In addition, keep all cleaners out of reach as well. If you can, buy only non toxic cleaners so that even if your child gets a hold of them, they shouldn’t be in danger.

Watch Out For Cords

Cords of any kind can be a strangulation hazard for children. This is especially true for blind cords. Keep them out of your children’s reach, with either a child proofing kit or by simply shortening the cord by yourself. Keep electrical cords out of children’s reach as well, as they pose both a strangulation and electrical hazard for children.

Keeping your home safe for your children is important. Let the Maryland movers do the packing and transporting for you so that you can focus on keeping your home safe for the little ones.