As a dad I considered it my responsibility to ensure the safety of my children. So set about childproofing the house. It was only after I started that I realised this was going to be a bigger job than I thought. There was so much to think about and it's only after you look into it that you realise just how many ways kids can hurt themselves or render your dvd player unusable.
The first thing you tend to think about is the safety gates and fire guards, but even with these there are a lot of things to consider. With regards to safety gates you need to consider a lot of points before going out and buying one. Where to place them for maximum safety, how wide will they need to be in order to fit the gap, how easy will they be to open with one hand, how they will be fixed and how portable the gate needs to be. Take a look at my article on baby gates.
Other things that you will need depending upon your house layout, furniture and fixtures and fittings are (in no particular order of importance):
- Plug socket covers
- Cupboard locks
- Fridge child safety catch
- Oven Guard
- Hotplate covers
- Toilet lock
- Furniture straps to stop furniture toppling
- Cord Shortener (to stop trailing leads)
- Security glass safety film
- Corner cushions (for covering sharp corners on furniture)
- Child safety window locks
- Night light
- DVD shield digibox protector
- Finger protectors (for door hinges)
- Screen protector for LCD TV
This list is by no means exhaustive and I would advise you to look around at the various products available.
Some of these items I don't possess but wish I had. It is so difficult to clean a TV that is covered in sticky finger prints and so easy to damage an LCD screen if it's not cleaned properly. I might still invest in one of those screen protectors.
Also my bookcases etc have all been fixed to the wall using lots of screws and rawlplugs when I could have purchased a furniture strap and only had one fixing. Its a personal preference thing at the end of the day and I probably would still use screws etc as the furniture in question fits snuggly against the wall rather than having a gap caused by the skirting board. If the latter was the case then the furniture strap would be a better solution.