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Itís essential to childproof your home to keep your young children safe. These tips will help protect your child from hazards in and around your house.

Raising a child is an exciting experience. It can also be stressful due to the many safety concerns involved. Before a child starts crawling, itís relatively easy to keep track of your child and control what they do. However, when your child starts crawling, the nature of the game changes and you have to take steps to mitigate the risks posed by the immediate environment. This is commonly referred to as Ďchild proofingí.

Childproofing a home can be relatively straightforward or complicated depending on the nature of the home. A good place to start is to get down on your hands and knees and look at the immediate environment from a babyís point of view. What catches your eye? Is there anything which could fall on your child if it was pulled or pushed? Is there anything on the floor or on shelves which could be a choking hazard? Does any of your furniture have jagged corners or exposed nails? Are there areas which your child could potentially get stuck?

There are but a few of the questions which you need to ask before you let your child wander around your home. You will also have to re-assess your home as your child gets bigger and learns how to walk and climb. In order to facilitate your childproofing efforts, itís best to focus on one room at a time, research the matter and consult with childproofing experts if necessary. The following tips should also come in handy.

The kitchen:

The kitchen poses multiple hazards to a young child so you may want to consider barring your child from entering this area entirely through the use of a safety gate. If you are comfortable to let your child roam the kitchen, consider the following:
The bathroom:

Barring access to the bathroom isnít always really viable so itís important to make sure this room is child friendly.
Dining rooms, living rooms and bedrooms:
 
When considering these rooms, think about whether or not they really are suitable for your child. For example, although not necessarily dangerous, a formal dining room filled with expensive furniture, silverware, alcohol and precious antiques is not really a place for a child. As such, itís probably best to bar entry to such a room with the use of a child safety gate until your child is older. Informal living rooms, lounges and bedrooms on the other hand typically make for great spaces within which your child can play and interact with you.
The garage, garden and pool:
 
It goes without saying that these areas pose numerous risks to young children.
Lastly, keep in mind that small children need to be supervised at all times. You should also consider installing appropriate fire detection and prevention mechanisms such as smoke detectors and extinguishers throughout your house. A first aid kit is a must and a list of emergency contact numbers saved on your phone is also essential when there are young children around.
 
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Thousands of children are injured or killed by hazards in the home each year in South Africa. The good news is that many of these incidents can be prevented by using simple child safety devices on the market today.

Any safety device you buy should be sturdy enough to prevent injury to your child, yet easy for you to use. It's important to follow installation instructions carefully. In addition, if you have older children in the house, be sure they re-secure safety devices. Remember, too, that no device is completely childproof; determined youngsters have been known to disable them.

You can childproof your home for a fraction of what it would cost to have a professional do it. Safety devices are easy to find. You can buy them at hardware stores, baby equipment shops, supermarkets, drug stores, home and linen stores, and through mail order catalogues.
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