A lot of young families are buying new homes, and it’s an exciting time for them. As part of their due diligence, they’re checking the pipes and the structural integrity of the homes’ foundations. However, if you’ve got young children, when you’re looking at buying a house, you should ensure that you can easily child proof it too. Any good plan for a new home should include childproofing your whole property to safeguard your child’s well-being.

Children are naturally curious, especially in a new environment. When you move into your new home, your child will probably explore all the nooks and crannies—even the potential trouble spots that could cause injury.

Avoid the potential for household accidents by making sure your new property will be as childproof as possible. Here are a few top childproofing tips to improve safety.

Outlet Covers

Even with the improvement in safety standards, thousands of children still still injured or even killed each year due to electrocution. Sources of potential electrocution can even be found in most homes in the form of outlets. Children love to put things where they don’t belong. In the case of an electrical outlet, this could spell big trouble. Look for outlet covers that can stop your child from experimenting with his or her electrician side.

Gates and Fences

A gate or fence around the perimeter of your property is a major plus. When you have one in your home, your child can run and play in the yard without any fear on your part that he or she might run into the road or somewhere else they can get into trouble. Having a perimeter set up around the home is especially important if you will be living next to a busy road.

Pool Covering

When you’re looking at single family homes for sale, there are a lot of amenities you might be considering. If you are looking at a home with a pool, consider the importance of a pool cover. Children are experts at getting into trouble in a split second, so all it could take is a couple of minutes of inattentiveness for a child to fall into a pool and drown. Keeping your pool covered, or surrounded by an impenetrable gate, will keep your child safe from falling in.

Garbage Disposal Cover

Garbage disposals are great tools for breaking down food waste, but they can be dangerous for your child. Serious injury can occur from your child’s curiosity about the disposal in your kitchen. Insist on a cover to safeguard your child. Luckily, this is a fairly easy piece to replace or buy, if the home doesn’t come with one. There are also garbage disposal switch covers to keep curious kiddos from accidentally turning the disposal on.

Moving into a new home is both exciting and challenging as a parent. Making your child’s safety a priority in your home hunting is vital for any parent.

By Anita Ginsburg

Anita is a freelance writer from Denver, CO. She studied at Colorado State University, and now writes articles about health, business, family and finance. A mother of two, she enjoys traveling with her family whenever she isn't writing.

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