Falls and drops happen. Sharp table corners, exposed power outlets, drawers, cupboards, and sharp objects are waiting for kids to stumble upon and for an accident to happen. In fact, kids have a knack for seemingly hurting themselves. Of course, that’s not the truth: they’re wanting to explore their surroundings and have no knowledge nor fear.
As much as we love decorating a room for them, we need to spend even more energy on child-proofing the home. Coolshop UK is one of the home furniture companies you’ll come across in your searches for home safety products, and by investigating experiences and insights of other real-world customers will give you better insight into their services and products before you even buy them.
Children’s toys and furniture are actually governed by regulations in design. It is all aimed at ensuring that no harm can come from these products to the children, even if they decide to attempt to climb up a bunk bed or try to eat paint off a toy.
Tips on why you should get safety furniture when you have children in the house:
- Children like to climb up things. For items that are not mounted to a wall, secure all heavy furniture to walls to prevent them from tipping over.
- Don’t place climbable furniture near windows.
- Place power outlet covers over all power outlets in your home when they’re not in use.
- Use corner cushions on all furniture with sharp corners such as tables and desks.
- Install access gates to stairs to prevent children from wandering up and down stairs.
You can further child-proof your home with a few pieces of key safety furniture:
1) Safety Gates: These barriers stop babies and small children from climbing stairs. It can also help to stop children from entering rooms that aren’t child-proofed, such as a home office.
2) Window Locks: Each window should have a lock or a safety catch to prevent a child from being able to open them.
3) Seat Harnesses: If you use a highchair and pushchair with your youngster, use a five-point harness to secure them in the seat to prevent them from falling out of them.
4) Soft Mats: While learning to play, crawl and walk, there will be many falls, crashes and missteps. A soft play may will help to absorb those falls.
5) Anti-Slip Stickers: Place stickers on floors especially in bathrooms and in baths so that the little ones won’t easily slip and fall onto the hard surfaces.
6) Night Lights: Use night lights from a young age so that your child will get used to them. This way they will also not bump over things in the night and injure themselves.
Upgrade your home’s smoke alarms and make sure they’re working properly. If your home has a fireplace, invest in a fire guard to keep your child from being able to touch or grab the coals or flames.
Does your home have safety glass? It is a Building Regulations requirement that all low-level glass be safety glass. You can add a safety film to the glass to further strengthen against splintering if it is cracked or broken.
Do your friends have kitchen cupboards and drawers without locks and safety catches? How simple those times were. Each cupboard and drawer – especially ones with access to knives and other sharp objects – are kept closed and latched with child-proof locks and catches. Those little hands love to explore in drawers and they will try to eat anything they encounter. Lock all kitchen and home cleaning products away, and stash poisons away too.