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You may have already gone through numerous checks. You have researched the best practices. However, chances are you may have still missed something. Childproofing your home is a very detailed practice. The smallest item can potentially be dangerous to a child. Outside of the baby's bedroom, the living room is a place where he will spend a lot of time. Is your living room childproof? Here are some checks to help you.
THE CHOKING HAZARDS
Children notoriously put almost everything in their mouth. It presents two dangers to them. The item might be toxic, corrosive, or poisonous for the child. Second, it might be a choking hazard. Anything that can fit their mouth is a danger. Anything small enough for them to swallow might choke them.
Make sure the living room is clean and put away items like small toys, decors, and batteries. Make sure remote-control battery covers are always secure. You may want to tape them in as well.
THE SHOCKING TRUTH
Do not leave any socket exposed. Avoid leaving power strips lying around, especially if they are plugged in. Children can insert their fingers or any pointed object into the socket that might shock them. You can purchase safety plugs for electric sockets to cover them up.
LET IT RAIN
Check for items that can fall on the children. The television should be secure. It would be best to mount them on a wall. Picture frames and other tabletop ornaments should be out of reach. The tables these ornaments are resting on should be stable and not easily toppled over.
PUT OUT THE FIRE
Keep candles and matches out of reach from children. It should be done even if they are not lit. They should be locked and secured. If your home has a fireplace, there should be a heatproof gate keeping your child at a distance from it.
TURN THE CORNER
Tabletop glass or glass coffee tables are extremely risky for toddlers. So too are corners of every piece of furniture you may own. Make sure they are protected, padded, and out of the way. Any fall can easily cut and injure your child.
There are many potential risks for children inside your home. It is why it is important to be vigilant and attentive every time. Taking every precaution does not eliminate all risks, but you can greatly reduce it. For total protection, make sure you and your home have the right insurance coverage. At the Old Bay Insurance Agency, Inc., we work hard in making sure that our clients are well-protected with policies that they can afford. To learn more about how we can help you, please contact our agency at (410) 777-5390 or Click Here to request a free quote.