If you’ve ever moved with small children, you’re aware of some of the challenges that can present. Not only do you have to deal with all the standard issues that come with moving, but you also have to look after your kids and make sure they’re safely out of the way while loading and unloading. Additionally, you’ll have to make sure that your new home is a safe space for children to live and play, which is the focus of this article. In the paragraphs below, you’ll find some of the best child safety tips for when you move into a new home.
As every parent knows, safety gates are a valuable tool to keep small children out of places they shouldn’t be and this applies to moving day too. You obviously don’t want children in the area when you’re moving heavy furniture in or out of the house so safety gates are a great way to make sure they have free license to play and entertain themselves, while keeping them out of the way of the heavy lifting. If you have kids that that older, it can be helpful to set them up in a room with some form of entertainment like movies or video games. In either case, it’s a good idea to make sure your new living space is free of clutter and little ones when you move.
Latches & Locks
Cabinets, doors, and drawers can easily and cheaply be safeguarded against curious little hands getting into areas they shouldn’t be. Make use of latches, locks, and door knob covers to ensure that children don’t have access to danger chemical and sharp utensils that could injure. Door knob covers are a great way to guard against young children getting outside when you’re preoccupied.
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Outlet covers are another great safety feature that any home with young kids should use. Outlet covers not only protect the risk of shock, but they also prevent other items from getting crammed into your outlets, rendering them useless. They’re great for moving day, but you’ll also want to leave them in place until your children are old enough that you’re confident that outlets no longer are a threat to their safety.
Cords that hang from blinds and curtains can be a real safety hazard if you have small children in the house. For families with young ones, it’s a good idea to install cordless blinds so that there are no loose strings or other apparatuses that could cause harm. Using a cordless window treatment can guard against a number of possible dangerous outcomes until such time as children are old enough for them not to be a hazard.
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Pool & Spa Covers
Pool and spa covers can literally be a life saver if you live in a home with small kids. They’re relatively affordable and provide an easy way to make sure that no little ones wander into danger if you have a pool or spa in your yard. It should be noted that there are a range of covers and that some are better than others when it comes to child safety. To maximize safety, a hard cover is recommended as soft covers can still be a drowning hazard.