Child-proofing your home? Start with the furniture!

For the safety of young children, parents should consider childproofing their home. Childproofing can encompass a lot of things, from covering outlets to putting child locks on cabinets, but it’s important that you don’t overlook the furniture that can be a hazard to your children. With a few simple adjustments, your furniture will be safer for your children to be around.

Chairs

How They Can Be a Hazard: It is natural for children to want to explore their environment. Everything is new to them and it’s expected that they want to learn more about the world around them. This curiosity leads to climbing on furniture, like chairs. However, climbing can also lead to injury, because the chair could fall on top of the child. Chairs can also be used by children to climb onto in order to reach another object on desks or windows. Rocking chairs can not only pose a risk for falling injuries but, according to eHow, the mechanisms at the bottom of the chair could trap and injure fingers.

How to Childproof: Make sure to use chair locks so your child can’t take chairs away from the table. According to MyPreciousKid.com, chair locks can also help keep your child safe from falling when sitting in a chair. Conventional rocking chairs should be put away once your child starts crawling or walking. If you have a glider chair instead of a rocking chair, make sure your model has the chair’s motion mechanisms enclosed.

Coffee Tables

How They Can Be a Hazard:Most people might not think of coffee tables as posing a risk to young children, but they do once your child starts walking.When your child is walking, furniture like coffee tables can become hazardous due to sharp corners, which can hurt your child if they bump or fall into them.

How to Childproof:You can decrease the chance of your child injuring themselves by installing edge shields or other types of cushions around the edges of tables.

Entertainment Centers

How They Can Be a Hazard:Entertainment appliances, like large televisions or speakers, can tip over, posing a huge risk for your child. Also, there are colorful objects (decorative items, books, etc.) that might be placed on the shelves, which can entice your child to climb the entertainment center to reach them.

How to Childproof: According to the Baby Center, pushing the television back from the edge will keep the risk of an accident low. Also, investing in television anchors will keep your television from tipping over if pulled on. Safety straps will help keep the entire entertainment center stuck on the wall in case little hands decide to tug on it or use it as a climbing wall. It wouldn’t hurt to take any enticing objects off the shelves as well until your children have outgrown that phase.

Heavy Furniture

How It Can Be a Hazard:As with entertainment centers, heavy furniture like large bookcases, can pose a risk to your child in case they decide to pull or climb on it, possibly resulting in the furniture tipping over. Heavy furniture with drawers, like dressers, can be further incentive for a child to climb because of their many moving parts and a child’s ability to use the drawers for climbing leverage.

How to Childproof:Make sure to use safety straps to secure heavy furniture against the wall. If the furniture in question has drawers, make sure to keep them closed to keep your child from climbing, according to WhatToExpect.com.

What other objects do you think are essential to childproof? What else are you doing to keep your home safe?

 

Author Bio: This is a guest contribution by Elli who writes about home and family safety and security.

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