Moving with a child poses a bunch of new risks you wouldn’t have if you were just moving on your own. You have to worry about running into them while carrying big boxes, dropping heavy objects, or even risk them getting lost while you’re not paying attention. Child safety is the biggest concern before, during, and after the move, so let’s go over some safety tips for your child.
Keeping a Child Safe while Moving
Watch your child while you’re moving. That’s right, multitasking is key, but if you’re a parent, you already know that. Make sure your child doesn’t run off anywhere. All the chaos of the day could lead them to wander off.
It’s also good to make sure they’re not in the way while you’re moving heavy object like boxes and furniture. Child safety is tricky when you have more than just those big objects, though. Box cutters, tape, screws, and plastic wrap could all be potential hazards for a child if you’re not watching carefully.
Child Safety in the New Home
One of the biggest killers in the U.S. is accidents from improper safety precautions and carelessness. Not saying that every victim of these accidents doesn’t care or just don’t pay attention, but these accidents are accidents, and they can be easily avoided.
Hide medicine and chemicals
By hiding medications up in high shelves, you’re reducing the chance of your child finding them and getting into them. Make sure the containers are child-proof, hard to open, and definitely not out in the open. NEVER leave medications out in the open.
For chemicals, you’d want to put them in their usual spot, whether that be below the sink or in the closet. Put on all the lids tightly so a child would have a hard time getting into them. Many accidents have been caused by parents forgetting to put the lid back on the containers of cleaning chemicals, like bleach.
Install safety latches
This is a bit of an extension of that last one as well, considering you can use safety latches to keep certain drawers and shelves shut and harder to open. Store poisonous household products should be stored appropriately and out of reach of children, but as you may already know, children find a way.
A latch can increase child safety for a number of reasons. First of all, having a safety latch informs a child they shouldn’t be in there in the first place. If they could get into it, they’re not going to assume they’re not supposed to. Second of all, if they figure out how to open a drawer with a safety latch, it will take a lot longer for them to open. If you were to leave the room for a bit, you’d be right back in there before they have a chance to pry it open.
Unplug electronic devices
Hair dryers, curlers, straighteners, etc.—if it could scald, electrocute, or harm in any way, make sure it’s unplugged and stored away. The proper way to keep a child safe from these objects is to make sure they’re turned off, unplugged, wrapped up properly in their electrical cords (once it’s cooled down), and put in a place where your child can’t get to.
On the note of making sure it’s cooled down, don’t store a scalding hot object in a place where it could potentially catch other things on fire. Anything that’s hot in the home is a potential fire hazard, so make sure you treat it as such.
Install outlet protectors
You know those little plastic things that cover electrical outlets? Those pronged plastic pieces can keep your child from being electrocuted. Bathrooms and kitchens usually contain a ton of outlets and are usually the most dangerous areas for a child. You’ve probably heard horror stories of a child getting a hold of your keys and putting them in an electrical outlet.
Well, those outlet protectors don’t just protect your child from metal objects that can be inserted into them, but it also protects against any water that can get in there and cause any sparks or electrical fires.
Place safety gates wherever necessary
If you have stairs in your home, they should have safety gates. By placing safety gates at the top and bottom of the staircase, you’re preventing your clumsy toddler from tumbling down. We recommend using hardware-mounted safety gates for added child safety.
Falling down the stairs accounts for 5.9% of childhood deaths. That’s a terrifyingly high number, especially when you compare it to other child safety hazards in a standard home.
Safety with Red Carpet Moving Company
Red Carpet Moving Company understands that the number one concern for moving is the safety of your child. It is of utmost importance to us that you get the most care you could possibly get from Las Vegas movers.