Smart homeowners who are concerned with kids’ safety take a strategic approach when redoing a playroom, living room or bedroom.
By being proactive in their redesign, they can ensure their entire family can safely enjoy the results of their home improvement project.
Here are some things to keep in mind to create a stunning yet safe space for your family:
— Window coverings.
Dangling or accessible cords on window coverings can pose an accidental strangulation hazard to infants and young children. The Window Covering Safety Council recommends only cordless window coverings or window coverings with inaccessible cords be used in homes with small kids.
Consumers can easily identify products best suited for homes with young children by looking for the “Best for Kids” certification label on the packaging of a large variety of products. Window covering products that qualify for “Best for Kids” have no cords or inaccessible cords.
Electrical updates should always be made with curious kids in mind. It’s easy to update outlet covers to sliding plug options. With these you never have to worry about replacing the outlet plug again, because it closes automatically when not in use.
Streamline the aesthetic of your space while eliminating cords by updating wall lighting. For example, a few sconces might replace reading lights, plus they’re high enough to keep out of reach of young kids. Another example: A dimmable ceiling fan provides safe air circulation with customizable light output.
— Smart home upgrades.
Smart window and door locks can be installed throughout the home. Kids now can enter securely without a key, and parents are sent an alert at that time. You also can set alerts for windows left open so you know to close them to reduce fall risks.
Another smart home improvement to consider: motion-activated sensors. These sensors can be placed anywhere you don’t want children to be.
For example, when your child opens the front door before you wake or he tries to get into the medicine cabinet, you’re sent an alert to your phone that makes you immediately aware of the activity.
— Furniture and decor.
That vintage armoire will look perfect in your just-redone space — until your kids start to pull out the drawers and roughhouse around it. Tip-overs are another top hidden hazard, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, which notes in the United States a child is sent to the emergency room every 30 minutes as a result of falling furniture.
Always stabilize furniture, decor and any other items that could fall over. Safety anchors and brackets are widely available online and at retail home improvement stores. They are quick and easy to install and may save a life.