How To Childproof Your Home
If you’re looking into childproofing your house, there’s a chance you’re expecting. If that’s the case, we at Hydra Tactical would like to congratulate you! This is a huge chapter in your life, and while it can be scary, we know that you got this. Hydra Tactical is here with the information on childproofing you need in order to keep the newest member of your family safe as he or she begins to explore their surroundings.
Maybe you’re looking into childproofing because your little troublemaker is starting to move around a little too well. We have the know-how on that as well!
Regardless of the situation behind your quest for advice, Hydra Tactical is here to help. Let’s explore household threats to children, and how to mitigate them with childproofing techniques.
Step One - Eliminate Ingestion Risks
The most dangerous thing in your house for a child will depend on the child’s age. For children who are old enough to move about and open things, one of the biggest risks is ingestion of poisonous substances.
There are two subcategories of poisonous substances when it comes to childproofing. First, there are the obvious ingestion risks. This category includes things that are poisonous to everyone, not just children. Materials in this category would be harmful or deadly even to an adult. Examples include bleach, rodent poison, bug spray, washing detergent, soap, and shower liquids (shampoo, conditioner, etc.)
The fact that many of these poisonous substances are designed to smell sweet only adds to the danger. Children often don’t know any better, and are attracted to things that remind them of treats or that look or smell intriguing.
The second category of poisonous substances are those that are poisonous only to children, and not necessarily to adults. This includes things like alcohol and medications. While you can enjoy a nice glass of whiskey after a hard day to mellow out, the glass could make your child very sick. If you have painkillers, antidepressants, or any other prescription medication, they could be extremely poisonous to your child as well.
Eliminating ingestion risks is key to your child’s health. Comb through your house several times and ensure that anything that could be remotely poisonous to a child is locked in a cabinet, or out of reach of the child entirely. Many people overestimate the security of a child lock, and underestimate their child’s ability to climb to high places. If you can get to your poisons with any kind of ease, chances are your child can too. Be safe by making it somewhat difficult for even an adult to access the substances.
Children can be quite creative as well. Many adults overlook the fact that their child can find many ways around any given obstacle, including locks. For example, some people put meds in a locked plastic box. If this is the case, be certain that your child cannot simply break the hinges and subvert the lock entirely.
Step Two - Eliminate Physical Risks
Another huge danger to your child are so-called physical risks. A physical risk is anything that could damage your child’s exterior, to put it scientifically. Falls, head-bonks, and burns are all considered physical risks. Reducing them is imperative in keeping your child safe.
Furniture is a common cause for the dreaded head-bonk. Make sure to soften any hard corners and eliminate tripping hazards like rugs. A common living room layout a coffee table on top of a rug, in the middle of a relatively large space. This is a perfect set up for a child tripping into a hard, often sharply-cornered coffee table. Look for layouts like this that are dangerous for running children.
One of the most common killers of small children, as it is for a lot of age groups, is motor vehicles accidents. Make sure you’re using the correct car seat or seat belt modification for your child to reduce the risk of injury or death during a collision.
Let’s talk about firearms. Firearms are the second leading cause of injury-related death for children, only after car accidents. The numbers don’t lie: guns are a risk for your children. It certainly makes sense: for children in a certain age group, guns are very appealing to play with. If they’re loaded and easily accessible, they can be deadly.
Teach your children about firearm safety when they’re at an age to understand the full weight of the danger. Be a responsible gun owner: either keep your guns unloaded with ammo in a separate, locked container, or keep your guns in a secure safe and ensure your child does not know the combination or the location of the key. Hydra Tactical recommends gun safes that are completely secure but still completely accessible for when you need them. GunBox sells a low profile and high-tech gun safe with multiple levels of security for accessibility and peace of mind.
Suffocation is another common cause of injury and death for children. Reduce suffocation risks by disallowing your child access to plastic bags. Any kind of rope, cord, or belt should be off-limits too. Be sure to keep floors clean, and watch for toys with small parts. Education about the risks of suffocation is key as well, since many children simply don’t understand the risks of suffocation.
Step Three - Stay Cautious and Informed
Being a parent can be exhausting. With your brain being pulled in ten different directions at a time, it can be easy to forget something important. Many child injuries are the result of parents accidentally overlooking risks. Be sure to reduce this risk by completely checking your house for new threats every few days.
We know you put your child’s safety first. Together, we can help substantially reduce any child’s risk of injury. We wish you the best of luck in this new chapter of your life!