Child-proofing For The Holidays

With holidays like Christmas, Hanukah, and Kwanza coming up, you’ll want to make sure that everything is prepared for all of your guests and the festivities! And just as important as it is to protect your home from all angles against robbers, it’s equally important to keep everyone inside your home safe. This is extra important when it comes to looking after small children and babies. Whether you have a child of your own or not, here are some important tips to remember when small children will be running around your home for the holidays!

  • Electrical outlets: Be sure that you have each and every electrical outlet that is not currently being used covered with a protector. Children always have a way of getting into and exploring things. This is one place that should never be explored, by anyone aside from professionals.
  • Gates: It might be in your best interest to install temporary gates leading up staircases or at the doorposts for certain rooms. You should also have a protective gate around a fireplace if you happen to have one in your home. Fireplaces always make for such a wonderful addition to the holiday feel, but can be dangerous for children if they get too close out of curiosity.
  • Hard furniture: To protect children from injuring themselves, make sure that you purchase some corner and edge guards before your festivities take place. Not only will this help protect children, it will probably help people of all ages. Everyone has bumped into an edge of furniture at some point. And it really does hurt!
  • Items: Because children love to play, make sure that things like lamps, picture frames, candles, and any other objects sitting on things like end tables or side tables are secured, or are temporarily moved for the duration of your holiday event. Children can sometimes play recklessly, and you wouldn’t want any of these smaller items falling over and breaking!

Most importantly, be sure to enjoy the holidays with your friends and family!

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