The Importance of Child Safety Locks In Your Home

No matter how well you or your home are prepared for your baby and toddler, the fact remains that babies and toddlers will test even the most secure limits in their attempts to satisfy their curiosity. Their whole world is a learning experience and it is natural and healthy for them to be curios. This means that parents have to think out of the box in order to provide a safe environment for their kids. It's important to stay one step ahead of the game and try to anticipate your child's next accomplishment or move before it happens in order to prevent injury.

 

Is using child cabinet safety locks necessary?

 

With the holidays rapidly approaching many families will be traveling, which can cause worry or concern especially for parents who have mobile children who seem in to everything. Also, there're a host of parents who never put locks on their cabinets and their children turn out just fine. They respond well to being told no and they may have wanted their entire childrearing years without a hitch. Consider that it takes just one time for something to turn fatal.

 

Children are unpredictable and in the blink of an eye, they can swallow a cleaning supply, get hold of a knife or drop a heavy ceramic or glass dish on their toe causing a serious injury. While it may never come up and certainly we hope it doesn't, it is worth considering if not installing these super easy fixes is really saving anything.

 

Is there something in your home that can be opened?

 

It's always good to see that there have been child safety locks that your toddlers have been around at home, that these locks can keep dangerous drawers, cabinets locked so kids can't open them and expose themselves to the many dangers lying around in every drawer if your home. Sometimes, I would hazard a guess that your medications, cosmetics, cleaning supplies or knives and guns being found by a toddler, and what's going to be witnessed the next? The result could be deadly. A small child would attempt to open it If there is something in your home that can be opened. So, the best thing to do is to lock up the places that are not meant for your child! While many things should remain locked, large places in which a toddler may find it fun to hide, like a refrigerator, freezer or dryer, should remain open. This may sound far reached, but also statistics show that many children are killed while being locked inside a dryer or fridge!

 

Where do you put child safety locks in the house?

 

As soon as a child starts to crawl, it’s time to put child safety locks in strategic spots throughout the house, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). But how do you know where?

 

You might be surprised by some of these 5 places the AAP and other experts recommend using a child safety lock.

 

1. Cleaning product storage areas. If a cabinet or drawer is within reach of a young child and contains household cleaners such as dishwasher detergent or bleach, put a lock on it, the AAP says. A child is accidentally poisoned every 30 seconds, and more than 50 percent of poisonings affect kids under 5 in their homes, according to the American Association of Poison Control Centers.

 

2. Cabinets with personal hygiene products. Items such as nail polish remover, mouthwash, perfume and cosmetics should be kept out of reach of children.

 

3. Medicine cabinets. Prescription medications, over-the-counter meds and vitamins can be dangerous to your child, so keep them locked away. And just in case your tot does get her hands on a bottle of pills, the AAP recommends keeping medicines in their original containers so you can see what the medication is as well as the dosage instructions. Keep the safety caps on.

 

4. Stacks of drawers. That bottom drawer may not contain anything that would tempt a toddler, but children are clever. They will open the bottom drawer to stand on it and reach the top.

 

5. Small object storage areas. Like, if you keep batteries — especially button batteries, which can cause serious injury if swallowed — in a drawer, lock it up. The same goes for containers or drawers that store other choking hazards, such as beads, buttons, coins, small magnets or screws.