Raising a Family

Safety First: Keeping Your Family Safe at Home

Accidents often happen where your children should feel the safest: at home. Go room by room to create the best action plan to help keep everyone out of harm’s way.

It’s important to safeguard the things you value. Chief among them is your family. That’s why childproofing your home is such an important process. If you’re ready to begin the childproofing process, we can help. Here, we break down some of the common dangers in each room of your home, so you and your children can live your happiest, safest lives.

Your home should bring joy to you and your family. When you return at the end of each day, that house should be your safe space, sheltering you and your loved ones. But there can be hidden dangers in every room, so childproofing home environments is an important exercise for anyone who has or will soon have kids, or whose family and friends visit with little ones.

Of course, there is a lot more to childproofing your home than just covering electrical outlets and blocking off stairs. Bedroom, living room, kitchen or bathroom, there are distinctive challenges to family safety in any location, as well as general household concerns like checking smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors and fire extinguishers. Even something as simple as toy storage can be dangerous if not done properly.

This is just a starting point, but it can get you on the road to family safety. By educating yourself and using these tips to create an action plan for each room in your home, you can help prevent accidental injuries.

Safety First: Keeping Your Family Safe at Home

How to childproof your home, room by room

Your home is a sanctuary for you and your children. Yet, each space has potential hazards.
Here are some easy ways to childproof each room so that your children remain safe and sound.

Bedroom

1. Keep your baby’s crib clear of potential suffocation hazards, such as toys and non-breathable blankets.
2. Avoid hanging anything that has a string or cord above your baby’s crib.
3. Install window guards or stops to prevent falls.
4. Store toys in an open toy box to avoid fingers getting stuck under a lid.

Living room

1. Anchor top-heavy and unstable items, like TVs and bookshelves, to the wall.
2. Cover sharp edges on furniture with pads.
3. Insert plastic plugs into electrical outlets.

Bathroom

1. To prevent scalding, set your water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit or the manufacturer’s recommended setting.
2. Place non-slip mats in and around the bathtub.

Kitchen

1. Cook on the back burner of the stove, and keep pot handles turned away from the edge.
2. Install latches to keep all kitchen cabinets and drawers closed.
3. Remove refrigerator magnets that may present a choking hazard.

Safety doesn’t happen by accident

• Install carbon monoxide detectors on every level of your home, especially near
sleeping areas.
• Install smoke alarms throughout your home and test regularly.
• Keep a fire extinguisher in a secure yet accessible place.
• If you have a fireplace, install a fireplace screen.
• Keep all medications and cleaning products out of reach. In case of accidental
swallowing, call Poison Control at 1-800-222-1222.

Taking precautions like these can help prevent accidental injuries. Once your home is physically safe, consider something that will keep your children financially safe: life insurance.

Whether you’re a new parent or welcoming another child, there are some additional things you’ll want to consider. Let us help you navigate through them.

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