- Corners, Edges, And Glass Tops
Cushion sharp edges and corners of tables and other furniture with safety guards or bumpers to prevent injuring your child if he bumps into them. Look for bumpers that can secure on the edges. Make sure your glass coffee table and shower glass partition are made of tempered glass which breaks into small dull pieces, instead of big shards, on impact.
Make sure your windows can open up to about only 8cm, about the size of an adult’s fist. Install window guards for an extra layer of protection. Shorten and secure cords of window blinds to prevent strangulation.
- Hot Spots
when cooking, use the back burners, and turn pot and pan handles away from the front of the stove. Keep small appliances, such as the toaster, coffee maker, or hair dryer, away from the edge of counters.
- Wires, Cords And Electronic Gadgets
Bundle wires together, hide them behind furniture, or use hide-a-cord devices. Keep your Wi-Fi router, TV cable box, and phone and tablet chargers as high up as possible. Make sure electric fans are at a height where tiny fingers won’t be able to reach into its fan grate.
- Household Products
Cleaning supplies, toiletries and medicine should be kept out of sight and out of reach. Lock them in cabinets – there are safety locks and latches for this purpose. Don’t leave small objects, such as buttons, batteries, paper clips and coins, as well as sharp objects such as razors and scissors lying around.
Text: Verlaine Marquez, Home & Décor, February 2016/ Additional reporting: Sylvia Ong