- Baby Gates: You will want to invest in baby gates to limit access to rooms and off-limit areas to the little ones. Only use gates that are attached to the wall (not a pressure gate) at the top of stairs.
- Babyproof Your Fireplace and Hearth: You can do this in several ways: use a baby gate around the area, use a fireplace screen, or use a soft edge and corner guards, for example. Apartment Therapy offers some stylish ways to convert your fireplace into a safe area for babies and kids.
- Window Guards: Depending on the type of windows you have, there are different ways to make them safer for children. This parent guide explains window types and kid-proofing.
- Secure the Refrigerator: Childproof locking devices made for securing refrigerators come in many shapes, sizes, and prices. Parent Guide has more information, as well as additional advice: For example, make sure to keep under the fridge clean because small hands can get under there!
- Oven Safety: Use knob covers on the oven or remove the knobs when not in use. Latches are very inexpensive and will ensure children can’t accidentally open a hot oven.
- Lock the Toilet: Yes, you do need to lock down your toilet lid, for a few reasons: to prevent toddlers from accidentally falling in; to protect young fingers from being hurt by a heavy, closing lid; and to prevent little ones from throwing toys and other items (like cell phones) into the toilet. Trust us, this one is important.
- Adjust the Water Heater: Adjust your water heater so that the temperature at the faucet is no more than 120 degrees Fahrenheit (48.9 degrees Celsius) when on the hottest setting.
- Power Strips: Use power strip covers that slide over your existing power strip and have a cutout from which the cords can hang.
- Electrical Outlets: There are a variety of plug caps available, from simple plastic covers to squeeze-type locking guards that adults can remove but kids can’t. Keep in mind that the common plastic inserts can be a choking hazard. “Opt for self-sliding outlet covers,” advises This Old House. “These covers slide closed when nothing is plugged in and prevent a child from working their fingers into the socket.” If you need to use the outlet, outlet covers that encase plugged-in cords are also available.