Childproof House: Smart ways to keep the little ones safe
We probably already consider our own homes safe. The outside world is what poses the most danger, right? Not necessarily. In fact, this type of thinking can cause parents to underestimate the true danger lurking in their own homes. After all, half of accidents involving children occur indoors. Once kids start crawling, everyday objects can suddenly become a huge source of danger. For this reason, planning a childproof house is essential.
What can help is trying to see your home through the eyes of a child. A good tip for scoping out danger is to get down on your knees and have a good look around. Spy out sharp corners, loose fixtures that they may potentially grab a hold of and see what hard surfaces they might all too easily bump their heads against. Doing this can help you gain a better perspective from the outset and let you prepare accordingly.
A childproof house should start with the kitchen
Sharp knives, boiling water and toxic cleaning agents: all extremely dangerous and all located in the kitchen. So of course, it makes sense to keep these out of your child’s reach. Since kids love exploring, you need to put a bit of extra thought into how your use the kitchen. For example, make sure all kitchen appliance wires are tucked away. Keep the handles of pots and pans turned towards the wall. For cookers, special cover guards can be used to minimise burns and scalds.
In a smart home, there are even greater measures you can take to increase security. With connected home appliances, your child won’t even be able to switch them on in the first place. Using IFTTT (“If This, Then That”) technology, you have full control of the different processes and functions in your home. You can define various scenarios via an app. It means that you can ultimately disconnect household appliances from the power grid the moment you’ve finished in the kitchen. This decreases the danger significantly.
Smoke detectors for added safety in a childproof house
Fire in the home is a huge risk for everyone. Smoke detectors are essential, and mandatory in a lot of countries. In the UK, there should be one smoke detector per storey. To ensure maximum safety for your child, it’s a good idea to have one in every room. This includes their bedroom. When a fire breaks out, children tend to hide rather than call for help. Not a great a situation.
Another reason that smoke detectors are paramount is because children tend to sleep deeper than adults. According to a study from the USA, half of children never wake up during the night. With wireless smoke detectors from Gira, smoke particles can be detected immediately and help can be summoned immediately.
Guiding lights for children (and grownups)
Many children are afraid of the dark. While many of their fears are in their own heads, we all know that there are some very real dangers that also lurk in the darkness. Every adult knows how easy it is to trip over something or bash into a piece of furniture during the night.
Socket outlets with LED orientation lights from Gira can illuminate the dark and ensure your child’s room never gets completely pitch black. They’re not just for kids, either: anyone can benefit from the light corridor that they cast on the floor during the hours of darkness. This ensures that
you see and avoid tripping hazards immediately. For kids, getting to and from the bathroom without incident is a piece of cake. Thanks to special sensors, these lights switch off during the day and only come on at night.
Should you need more light for those midnight toilet breaks, motion detectors are a great solution. The motion detector with Bluetooth from Gira System 3000 is equipped with a time switch function, so you can program it to function as a night light.
A childproof house is a must if you have children. These days, setting one up isn’t as difficult as it sounds. There are of course the practical tips
you need to take into consideration. However, smart technology can pick up a little more of the heavy lifting and ensure extra safety for your little ones.
How childproof is your home? Do you have any tips or tricks for us? Please let us know in the comments!