If you are about to have a baby, the safety of your child is probably one of the most pressing things on your mind. And providing a secure environment by baby-proofing your home is one of the best things you can do to ensure this safety as well as your own peace of mind. Optimizing home security by getting your home ready for your baby’s arrival requires thoroughness and hard work, but it does not have to be something terribly overwhelming or stressful. Here are some home security tips to help you baby-proof efficiently and be able to concentrate on the joy of having a child.
Before actually starting to baby-proof your home, make a list (mental or physical) of all the things in your home that could pose a potential threat to your child. This list might get quite long, but do not let this stress you out; it is important to be aware of all the possible dangers in order to tackle them effectively and guard against each. Once you have your list, divide it into categories; these can include, for example, falls, choking, burns, sharp objects, and electrical appliances.
Dangers relating to falls will include anything that your baby can fall down or into. The most important of these is probably stairs. Keep your baby from falling down the stairs by installing baby gates at the top and bottom of each staircase. Another place where baby falls happen is in the bathroom. Falls into the toilet can result in drowning, so make sure you put a safety lock on the lid and keep it closed at all times.
It is widely known that babies like to put things in their mouths. Before you bring your baby home, make sure all small objects that he or she might be able to choke on are put out of reach. Move such objects to high shelves or inside drawers or cabinets with locks on them. The same goes for sharp objects. Do not keep cooking knives in a holder on the kitchen counter, where your baby might be able to get his or her hands on them; instead, put them in a drawer and keep the drawer locked at all times.
Make sure you put electrical outlet covers over all empty outlets so that your child will not be able to stick his or her fingers in them, and make sure to keep cords to all electrical appliances out of reach so that your child will not pull something heavy on top of them or get electrocuted.
Finally, to protect your new baby, as well as the rest of your family, invest in a quality home alarm system if you do not already have one. Guard against fires as well as intruders with a home alarm that is connected to a battery-operated smoke detector. And enlist the help of a security company that offers 24-hour monitoring, for home security that does not go to sleep when you do.