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2013-07-06 15:03:50
Childproofing your new Cache Valley home

One of the greatest privileges that we have as realtors in the Cache Valley, is having the opportunity to work with so many newly formed families and to help them buy their first home here in Logan, Utah. Since the act of buying a new home often takes place around the birth of a couple's first child, we wanted to share some tips that can help you get ready to expand your family by childproofing your home.

While keeping in mind that the best way to prevent accidents in the home is to always be alert and pay close attention to your child at all times, the following tools can help make your new Cache Valley home a safe place to raise your family.


Furniture Securing Straps: Furniture straps are inexpensive and can be purchased at most hardware stores (and Walmart!). They have one end which is designed to attach to a piece of furniture such as a bookshelf or a television which could easily be pulled over onto a child, and another end that can be drilled into a stud in the wall.

Cupboard and Drawer Locks:
Although cupboard and drawer locks might be a slight inconvenience for you, they can prevent your child from getting into things that could be very harmful to them. Make sure that drawers and cupboards containing items such as knives, cleaning products, medicines and any other harmful substance are locked at all times. In addition to buying these locks, it is also a good idea to store these items where a child cannot reach them (such as a cabinet above the refrigerator).

Toilet Locks: Each year in the US, there are over 100 infant deaths that occur inside the home as a result of drowning. While many of these take place in bathtubs, toilets can also be very dangerous. Toilet locks come in several different designs and will prevent a child from opening the toilet lid (This will also prevent you from having to fish items out of the toilet as well!)

Anti Scalding Valves: These valves are designed to prevent water temperature spikes if a child happens to play with the water faucet valves. These valves come in many different styles, many of which give you the option of setting a maximum water temperature regardless of the position of the valves. (These valves also keep the water temperature from changing if someone flushes the toilet while you are in the shower!)

Safe Plate Outlet Covers: Everyone is familiar with plastic outlet plugs but there might be a more convenient solution for you. Safe plates are outlet covers that have a spring loaded plate that automatically closes once the plug is not being used. These springs are much too strong for children to open by themselves.

GFI (Ground Fault Interrupt) Receptacles: These are outlets which are commonly installed in bathrooms and by sinks which will automatically cut off power if an electronic device (like a hair dryer) falls in water. Most newer homes already have these outlets but some older homes may not.

Baby Gates: Of course it is hard to beat the baby gate when it comes to protecting children. Place baby gates in doorways to prevent your children from getting into places they shouldn't be. Also make sure to place baby gates at the bottom and top of the stairs. For the gates located at the tops of stairs you will want to purchase one that can be mounted to the wall.

Doorknob Covers: Doorknob covers are also a great way to prevent children from going where they shouldn't be (After all, most adults struggle to use them as well!). Although a newborn child won't likely be roaming around the house, it won't be long before these become a very useful safety tool.

Emergency Phone Numbers: In the case of an emergency, you will want to have a hard copy of emergency phone numbers such as the poison control center in an easy to find location. It is also a good idea to program these numbers into your cell phone.

Thank you for visiting our blog! We hope that you enjoy this exciting time in your life and that you enjoy preparing your new Cache Valley home for your growing family. If you would like further recommendations about ways to childproof your home, please feel free to contact us.

 

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