In one of our earlier articles, we discussed the possible ways to baby proof a basement. (You can find the article here). Today, we would like to take it one step further and teach you how to childproof your home, including your basement.
The first thing that you will have to do is cover every electric outlet. Children, especially smaller ones, tend to like touching everything around, including electric outlets. Storing chemicals and other dangerous substances on higher shelves should also be high on your list of priorities, as should keeping all medicine away from your children’s reach.
Anchoring your furniture with anchor straps is also a good idea. Children have no sense of safety, and it is not uncommon for large furnitures to tip over and hurt them. If it makes you feel better, we also encourage you to cover furniture corners with foam.
If your basement is unfinished, we recommend that you install a safety gate to the stairs leading to it. Similarly, you might feel a bit more at peace with a lock on the door. If all fails to keep the little ones from exploring the basement, ensure that the latter is devoid of any harmful substances and that the walls are properly covered if the basement is currently in the process of being remodelled.
Lastly, try to see through the eyes of your child what could potentially prove to be dangerous to them. That breakable flower pot in the living room? It might not be such a good idea to leave it within the grasp of your child. What about that pool outside? Only by becoming a child will you be able to truly childproof your house and your basement.