Door Safety Hazards for Kids
Every home features a handful of doors or so. Although they’re absolutely necessary, keep in mind that doors can also put your young child at risk too. Protecting your little one from these threats, however, doesn’t require you to be overly protective or cautious. Instead, simply think about the below issues and how you can reduce the way they put your child in danger.
You Need Safety Gates
Never underestimate your child’s curiosity. It knows no bounds, which means your child won’t know any either. For example, if they feel the need to explore your basement, that’s exactly what they’re going to do. This is why every home with an infant should also have child safety gates at the ready.
Not only do these close off entryways to your child, they can stop their progress even if they figure out how to get through a door.
Latches and Locks Are Good Too
Another great way to limit your child’s access to the home is by installing various locks and latches on your doorways. Fortunately, these don’t have to be anything too complicated, meaning your own movement throughout the house won’t be inhibited. However, even simple latches can be enough to keep your infant at bay, especially if you install them nice and high where your little one can’t reach.
Door Knob Covers
Using door knob covers can also go a long way in ensuring your child doesn’t open the doors. These covers are less intrusive than installing the aforementioned locks and latches. A door knob cover fits over the knob, obviously, and then works like a child safety lock. Basically, unless an adult uses enough pressure to turn both the cover and the knob, the door is impossible to open.
When choosing a door knob cover, make sure you aren’t remotely delayed when opening the door or you could run into serious problems in the case of an emergency. Again, a proper cover really doesn’t need much pressure in order to work correctly.
Don’t Forget about Garage Doors
Although hopefully your child won’t be able to make it to the garage door without your knowing, you don’t want to take any unnecessary risks with them. Eventually, your child will come into contact with it and something that big and heavy is extremely dangerous if it’s not working correctly.
Regularly, check the reverse mechanism on your garage door, by placing something under your door while it’s in operation. If you don’t have a reverse mechanism, now’s the time to have one installed.
Your garage door should also stop and reverse immediately if you physically restrain it. Don’t get under the garage door to test this, but instead simply try grabbing it when it’s descending as a test.
Don’t give your child the chance to hitch a ride on the door in anyway. Always watch them when the garage door is moving and remove any hooks, ropes or other projections they could grab onto.
Just because your home needs plenty of doors doesn’t mean you have to live in fear of them for your child’s sake. The above tips will allow both to coexist in harmony.
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