It’s Baby Safety Month! Make Sure Your Home is Safe for Your Little Ones
September is National Baby Safety Month — but we all know parents are concerned about their children’s safety every month of the year. While you probably have taken the usual precautions of baby gates and child-proof cabinet locks, there are a few other areas of your home that could use some attention.
These are some (often-forgotten) steps you should take to make sure your home is safe for your little ones.
Protect Your Outlets
Babies are curious creatures who can make a toy out of anything — including electrical outlets.
To keep them safe, you should swap out your existing outlets for tamper-proof ones. These only allow something to enter the outlet if both prongs are pushed in simultaneously. You could also consider installing slide covers over your existing outlets that only allow something to be plugged in when the slots align.
If you want to be extra safe, place outlet covers over plugs so your baby can’t pull at the wire and shock themselves.
Remove Your Stove Knobs
It’s very easy for your little one to come wandering into the kitchen, lightly swat a stove knob, and unknowingly turn a burner on — letting a lot of gas into your home. Since we doubt you want to risk a fire or health issue, simply remove the knobs from your stove whenever you’re not cooking.
Adjust Your Water Heater
Most water heaters are set to about 140℉, but the temperature rarely needs to be set that high. Lowering your unit’s thermostat to 120℉ can help prevent your baby from touching scorching hot water or a burning faucet.
Lock Your Toilet Lid
An open toilet lid can be very dangerous for your baby and your plumbing. Your child could easily fall into the bowl (this, unfortunately, happens more than you’d think) or drop enough toys into the toilet to create a large clog. Install a child-proof lock to keep the toilet closed when you’re not using it.
Set Your Thermostat Properly
While you have plenty of body fat to stay comfortable when the AC is on, babies don’t have that luxury. If your thermostat is set too low, they could become too cold and develop a cold.
Your thermostat should be set to around 72℉ to keep your baby comfortable and safe.
Keep Your Little Ones Safe with Horizon
From helping you with electrical safety to ensuring you have the right heating and cooling system to keep your children comfortable, Horizon Services, LLC is here to help.
For more information or to schedule a service, give us a call at 302.200.4266!