Kids Flooring and General Prevention
Wednesday November 05, 2008
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Taking necessary safety precautions can help reduce child-related accidents that occur in your home. Kid-proofing your living space with child-safe flooring is just one step towards ensuring their well-being. By following a few additional steps, you can rest easy knowing that you've helped to minimize the potential dangers.
Safe Flooring – Children need a safe and comfortable surface to play, walk, and crawl on. Make sure that you choose a floor which not only looks great but also matches your child's lifestyle. Popular kid-friendly floors are cork, carpet, and rubber flooring.
Floor Mats and Rugs – Make your hard surface flooring more kid-friendly by laying down area rugs, mats and carpet runners throughout your home. Mats and rugs can help to ensure your child's safety and also protect your floors from damage. Make sure all of the mats and rugs you use have a non-skid backing to minimize your child's risk of slipping and falling.
Safety Gates – If you have stairs or an in-ground pool where you live, safety gates are an absolute must. You can choose low cost, on-the-go solutions which can be put up and taken down with ease, or gates that are secured with screws for increased protection.
Outlet Covers/Plates – Children are naturally curious and like to poke their fingers and objects into every nook and cranny imaginable. Make sure that when your child becomes mobile, you plug all electrical outlets with plastic covers that cannot be easily removed. Also, select larger outlet plates that can't be swallowed or choked on.
Safety Latches/Locks – Attach these to drawers and cabinets that contain harmful items.
Anti-Scald Devices – If you have small children who like to wash their own hands, consider setting the temperature of your water heater to 120 degrees or less. This will keep children from burning themselves accidentally when you're not watching. You can also install fixtures on your faucets to regulate the temperature.
Corner Bumpers – Head bumps and bruises can occur all the time, especially when your child is just learning how to walk. Smooth out sharp corners throughout your home with bumpers.
Door Locks – Even after your child passes the toddler stage there may still be off-limits rooms that contain possible dangers. Keep your kids from entering these areas by installing out-of-reach locks on all of the doors.
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