Childproofing Your Home

Safety Devices
About 2 - 2.5 million children are injured or killed by hazards in the home each year. The good news is that many of these incidents can be prevented by using simple child safety devices on the market today.

Any safety device you buy should be sturdy enough to prevent injury to your child, yet easy for you to use. It's important to follow installation instructions carefully. In addition, if you have older children in the house, be sure they re-secure safety devices.

Remember, no device is completely childproof; determined youngsters have been known to disable them.

Do It Yourself

You can childproof your home for a fraction of what it would cost to have a professional do it. And safety devices are easy to find; you can buy them at hardware stores, baby equipment shops, supermarkets, drug stores, home and linen stores, and through mail order catalogs.

The following are some recommended child safety devices:
  1. Latch & Lock
  2. Gates
  3. Door Knob Covers
  4. Anti-Scald Device
  5. Smoke Detectors
  6. Window Guards
  7. Bumpers
  8. Outlet Covers
  9. CO Detector
  10. Window Blind Cords
  11. Door Stops
  12. Wireless Phone
Safety Latches & Locks
Use Safety Latches and Locks for cabinets and drawers in kitchens, bathrooms, and other areas to help prevent poisonings and other injuries. Latches and locks on cabinets and drawers can help prevent children from gaining access to medicines and household cleaners, as well as knives and other sharp objects.

Look for latches and locks that adults can easily install and use, but are sturdy enough to withstand pulls and tugs from children. Safety latches are not a guarantee of protection, but they can make it more difficult for children to reach dangerous substances. Even products with child-resistant packaging should be locked away and out of reach - this packaging is not childproof.

Typical cost of a safety latch or lock is less than $2.