Health Team

Learn How to Childproof Your Home

Posted July 16, 2007

— Your home should be the safest place for your family, but for little children, there can be many not-so-obvious dangers.

Kristin Hague, of Raleigh, always thought her home was safe until she had her first baby, Samantha, now 2.

"At 6 months, she was crawling. She was pulling up on furniture. She was pretty much into everything," Hague said. "My husband actually got down on the ground like he was a baby crawling and saw what he could actually get into."

The Hagues found low cabinets and drawers that needed childproof latches. They also covered every empty electrical outlet. WakeMed's Pediatric Emergency Department Director director, Dr. Courtney Mann, said she has seen all the dangers parents miss.
"Today's TVs are a lot heavier, a lot bulkier, a lot larger than the TVs, you know, of 20-30 years ago," Mann said.

Childproofing experts suggest tethering flat-panel televisions to the wall, so a child cannot pull it down. They also suggest keeping upper cabinet doors closed, so that there is nothing children can see to entice them to climb.

Mann said a gate should block every stairway, and it should be anchored into the wall rather than just held in place with springs.

"If they're not put on exactly correctly, (they) can be easily pushed down by a child," Mann said.

Hague tests all of her child's toys to make sure none fit through a toilet paper tube, which is a sign that a toy is a choking hazard.

Mann said all cleaning solutions and medications should be out of reach of children as well as the cords from window blinds. Gas fireplaces also should be screened off so a child cannot touch anything hot.


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  • justmark Jul 18, 2007

    How in the WORLD did people survive before all this "child-proofing" stuff came along. I do not remember seeing locks on cabinets or covers on electrical outlets and stuff. Guess not dead nor was i injured as a child. People need to watch their children better, then they wouldnt have to worry about it.

  • whatelseisnew Jul 18, 2007

    My house is also child-proof; now that I have grandchildren living in their own house.

  • At Work Jul 17, 2007

    Were going thru this now with my 15 month old and the worst thing is my husband put pillows on the coffee table now she wants to run and hug them and climb on them. Needless to say there going in the storage shed next week.

  • yaright Jul 17, 2007

    Thanks Rocknhorse

  • Rocknhorse Jul 17, 2007

    Congratulations! Children completely change your outlook on life and they are a gift of joy!

  • yaright Jul 17, 2007

    Expecting our first child in January and will be child proofing the house from top to bottom. I figure by the time my wife is done I will be trapped for ever. Can't wait for the big day.

  • Rocknhorse Jul 17, 2007

    Steve, you forgot the velcro!

  • vbbc2002 Jul 17, 2007

    I child-proofed my home, but they kept finding a way back in.

  • Steve Crisp Jul 17, 2007

    Duct tape. That's all you need. A roll of duct tape.

  • InhisName aka CaryCrazzy Jul 16, 2007