Make Your Apartment Child Proof
As parents, your main job is to keep your child safe in your apartment. Many dangers lurk in any apartment, although some can be easily fixed to make certain your little ones are safe.
Child Safety in Apartment Complexes
Children of all ages are very curious about anything they happen to encounter. Infants and toddlers don’t know better and they need to rely on you to provide them with a safe environment. From the time your child starts crawling or sitting up around 6 months of age until they reach an age where they no longer need as much supervision you will need to make changes to your apartment and teach them about safety measures to keep them safe.
Safety Electrical Outlets
Young children are notorious for trying to stick their finger or other objects in an electrical outlet. Doing so will shock them and it could really harm them if they insert a metal object. You can simply press the protective coverings made of plastic in all of your electrical outlets that don’t have anything plugged in them to prevent electrical shocks.
Storage of Household Cleaners or Chemicals
You should store all of your household cleaners and chemicals in a closed cabinet that is either high on a wall so it is out of reach or in a locked cabinet. Many cleaners are in bright colors that look interesting to a child and they may decide it is something to drink. Any cleaner or product can be toxic or cause poisoning if a child drinks it. If you have a climbing toddler, you should lock a cabinet that is high on a wall.
Storage of Medications
Store all medications–even children’s medications out of reach and locked up. Children can overdose on kid’s medicines just as they can on adult medications. Make sure that you also get childproof caps on all prescription bottles so if your child is able to get to one they can’t open it.
Use Safety Gates
Install safety gates at doorways that lead to stairs or any other area that you don’t want your child to enter. Even if there are only two steps leading to an elevated area of the home, your child can fall and be seriously hurt.
Anchor Large Furniture
Any large furniture that a child could possibly climb, such as dressers, tables, desks and bookcases should be anchored firmly to the wall. This prevents the furniture from tipping over onto your child and hurting them in the process.
Store all of your glasses and any other breakable items up high in a cabinet with a lock on it. Until your child gets a bit older and becomes more reliable, you should keep all breakables out of reach.
Cover Furniture Edges
You should child proof all of the sharp corners on all furniture in your apartment. This includes coffee tables, end tables, dining tables and countertops with corners. You can buy furniture edges coverings in sets to suit your needs.
If your child loves water, then it’s even more difficult to keep them safe. Never leave water standing in a bucket, bathtub or sink. You may also need to get toilet latches so they can’t open the toilet lids and have access to the water inside it.
Remove Strings From the Environment
Any type of string or cord that is longer than 6 inches can be a strangling hazard. You should keep long ribbons, necklaces and strings locked in a cabinet so your child can’t reach them. You may allow your child to experience these items, but only under strict supervision.
Child Proof Window Coverings
Many apartment complexes are using great steps to keep children safe. They use cordless window treatments without dangling cords that can cause strangling hazards for children. These are available in several designs, such as cordless horizontal mini blinds and blinds. If your apartment complex doesn’t have this window treatment option, you can keep your child safe by adding a window blind cord wind up. It keeps dangling window cords out of your child’s reach and stores excess cord inside of a round plastic fitting.
Upstairs Apartment Safety
If you live in an apartment that is on the second floor or higher, there are additional steps to ensure child safety. All doors and windows should have childproof locks on them to secure them closed so your child can’t fall out of a window. You can install extra locks very high on the front door so that a child can’t reach it. If you have a balcony, be mindful of furniture that a child can climb on and potentially fall over the balcony. Never leave a child alone on a balcony, even if it is on the first floor.
Make sure all of your wastebaskets in your apartment have a tightly closing lid that your child can’t open or otherwise store the wastebaskets behind a locked door. Curious children will often pull things out of an open wastebasket just to see what it is and they may handle it or taste it just to explore it.
Tape all electrical cords either to a wall nearby the electrical plug or to the baseboards in a room. Electric cords can also be a strangling hazard if they become wrapped around a child’s neck or they can shock a child if they chew on them.
When you as a parent are searching for a new apartment, you should try to obtain one with cordless horizontal blinds, no steps and ample storage space that can be locked. This will save the time of child proofing quite as many items to keep your little one safe.