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Baby-proofing your home
With a baby around, your home is full of invisible dangers. What may look harmless could spell danger for your little one! So, new parents, it’s time to think about child safety!
Watch that crib!
A child who wants something is the epitome of persistence. So, as soon as your bub starts crawling, baby-proofing should start at the crib. To prevent your baby from escaping, remove your crib’s mattress support. Now your child won’t be able to launch themselves off the crib rails, at least for a few more months. Remember to make sure the mattress aligns with the legs of the crib — no wiggle room please! Alternatively, you could buy a lower mattress — they’re great for teeny Houdinis who won’t sleep when you tell them to.
This includes dressers, bookshelves and changing tables. Use furniture anchors to secure them to the wall so they can’t topple over. This way, your furniture stays safe and upright.
Keep the crib obstruction-free
If your baby is less than 12 months old, keep the blankets, toys and pillows out of the crib. They may look cute nestled up with their plushies, but they could present a suffocation risk, especially when the baby is asleep.
When your baby begins to crawl, anything hanging above the crib should be removed. A pretty mobile may become a hidden hazard as your baby wants to pull at everything in sight (a rite of passage all babies go through).
Your home is where you and your family should feel safe… so it’s important to minimise hazards at home.
While you probably can’t guarantee a cyclone proof house or a flood proof house, there are a few things you can do to help reduce hazards at home.
Here are a few things that may help make your home more fireproof by reducing the risk of fire damage:
Always pay full attention when cooking.
Regularly inspect your chimney and electrical systems…
Always ensure you have working smoke alarms in the house.
To help reduce the risk of damage caused by bushfires to your home and family
Clean your gutters regularly, consider installing fire resistant gutter guards, cut back overhanging branches, and check your garden hose can reach your property boundaries
Remember to have a survival plan ready You can take measures to help prepare reduce the risks of flood damage
Clean gutters and downpipes regularly
Repair loose roof tiles or other damage to the roof
Have sand bags in case your area does flood
And DON’T Use electrical or gas appliances affected by floodwater, until they’ve been checked
Other household hazards include poisoning.
Carbon monoxide poisoning from fossil fuel burning appliances is another hazard.
Consider Installing a carbon monoxide detector.
Ingesting cleaning supplies or medications is another safety hazard. Keep chemicals and medications stayed safely away from children.
Water can be hazardous. Especially so for young children.
It only takes 20 seconds for a toddler to drown. Supervise young children around water at all times.
In Victoria, all swimming pools and spas capable of containing 30cm depth of water must have a compliant safety barrier. It’s important to be prepared for earthquakes.
Make sure to fasten tall furniture to walls
Store hazardous material safely away
And don’t store heavy objects on tall shelves or hang heavy items over beds or sofas.
This is by no means an exhaustive list.
Conduct your own research and conduct a risk assessment of your home.
And if you’re looking for cover for insured event like a fire or earthquake, you can find out more about AAMI’s combined Home and Contents Insurance.
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Head to aami.com.au for more info or find the link below! The information is intended to be of general nature only. We do not accept any legal responsibility for any loss incurred as a result of reliance upon it – please make your own enquiries.
Mind the hot water
Keep the hot water at a lower temperature. You don’t want bub to accidentally scald themselves while playing with the taps.
Non-slip floor mats protect a baby on the move. They also stop you from slipping with bub in your arms.
Use child safety locks
Use ‘em for the toilet seat cover, use ‘em for the meds cabinet. Lock cleaning products away too. Curious babies like to get their hands on everything.
Kitchen and dining room
Banish them to a spare cupboard, at least until your baby grows out of the grabbing and pulling phase. If your child yanks on a tablecloth edge, the items sitting on the table may go flying. So, be safe and opt for the humble placemat instead.
Get stove knob covers
These handy gadgets will stop your baby from turning the stove on when you’re not looking.
Hide the dangerous goods
Those child-proof locks will come in handy here too. Lock away those knives and sharp kitchen tools. Put the dishes and glassware where little fingers can’t reach them.
Secure the TV
Get it mounted on your wall or secure it to a table — just make sure it doesn’t budge.
Get a fireplace screen
Bub will enjoy the warmth of a heated room, without the risk of burns.
Around the home
Install baby gates
Place them where staircases start and end. They should also sit in front of baby no-go zones: think the garage and areas with water features. If baby gates are a hassle for the adult residents to maneuver, try child door locks.
Keep small items away
Hide the knickknacks and tiny things — they’re choking hazards for your baby. And if you move it to a cupboard, remember to lock it.
Cover your sockets
Electrical outlet covers are something your home is going to get well-acquainted with. They need to be tight fitting so your baby can’t remove them. And don’t forget to move those dangling wires out of reach!
Safeguard those windows
Window guards protect your baby from a fall. Sure, they may mess with your home aesthetic, but a safe child makes it all worth it. Invest in cordless blinds too — you don’t want cords near your baby.
Make corner guards your friend
Pop corner guards on sharp table edges so your baby can safely explore your home. Get down to their level and reexamine your house — it’ll help you spot dangers adults typically don’t see.
Once the house is prepped, bub is free to roam safely. But always keep a watchful eye! And remember, you can load up on all the baby safety locks in the store, but you can never fully prepare for the future. Parenthood is like walking on a foggy path with no compass — uncertainty is part of the process.
But AAMI can help with some of that. AAMI Home and Contents Insurance covers your home and its contents for a variety of risks, including fire, flood, theft and burglary. Peace of mind may be the final thing you want tick off!
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