Childproofing can be an overwhelming job for new parents. The list of potential dangers can seem never ending. However, the Consumer Products Safety Commission has compiled a helpful list of 12 safety devices it recommends to make your home safe for children.
First, be sure to install safety latches or locks for drawers or cabinets that contain any medicines, cleaners, matches or lighters, knives, or other sharp objects. To help prevent children from entering rooms that contain dangers, use door knob covers or door locks.
Water can be dangerous in several ways for children. First, use anti-scald devices for faucets and shower heads. If you have a pool or spa, completely surround the pool or spa with a tall fence with self-closing, self-latching gates.
In order to prevent injuries from falls, use corner and edge bumpers to prevent injuries from falls against sharp edges. Safety gates can prevent children from falling down the stairs, or can keep children from entering rooms. To prevent falls from windows, balconies or decks, window guards and safety netting should be used.
There are also a lot of hidden dangers for kids. It’s also important to install carbon monoxide alarms and smoke alarms to help prevent carbon monoxide poisoning or fire injuries. Although many parents don’t think about it, window blinds can pose strangulation hazards. It’s important to use a tassel on each cord. Many parents also don’t consider the dangers of furniture or appliances tipping over onto children. Be sure to anchor the products to the floor or attach them to the wall. Electrical outlets can also pose a risk of electrocution – be sure to use outlet covers or outlet plates.
Although childproofing may seem overwhelming in the beginning, with the right safety devices you can ensure your home is safe for your children. If your child has been injured by a dangerous device, you may have a claim against the manufacturer or the retailer of the product. Contact theDallasproduct liability attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 817-527-8833.