As a mother, you need to know the importance of safety in your home. Children can easily get hurt if you do not take the necessary precautions. One of the things you can improve the safety of your home with, is child safety gates.
Protecting Your Children
According to the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association, these products should be used when the child, starting from six months up to two years, is learning how to stand, roll, walk and climb. The location and maintenance of these products should be included in the home safety checklist to ensure that all of the safety needs of children in the said age range are provided for. In general, if you have a fire place or you have a second floor, safety gates are a necessity to protect your child.
Choosing The Right Gate
The first issue to consider when selecting the right kind of safety gate for your home and your baby is the location. If it is to be used at the top of the stairs, you will have to choose those that are hardware-mounted instead of the pressure-mounted type. The hardware-mounted type is affixed to the doorway or wall using screws and it is therefore the safest. It should be the choice for the top of the stairs, irregularly-shaped areas and when long spans are required. The problem with this kind of installation is that it requires drilling and these holes would mark the walls after you have removed them when they are no longer needed. The pressure-mounted type is held in place by means of pressure against cushioned pads against the walls. This particular type offers the advantage of ease of installation and dismantling. Moreover, there will be no holes in the walls. However, this type of gate should only be utilized in hallways, doorways and at the bottom of the stairs.
The next item to consider is the size of the gates, including how tall they should be. Accurate measurements are needed to ensure that the purchased product will fit the area where it will be installed. The height should be higher than the child. With regards to the material, those that are made of metal are the sturdiest and metal gates are those that should be used around fire places. However, if you prefer lighter products, you can choose wooden gates but they are much easier to damage. Moreover, if you have a dog or other animals, they could chew on the wood and gradually destroy it. After purchasing the gates, do not forget to read the manufacturer’s instructions before installing the gates.
Video Security Systems
Meanwhile, it may also be advisable to use one of the home video security systems even if you have already installed a child safety gate. Such a system will allow you to monitor your child while you are in another part of the home. This combination may be the best way to allow your child to explore his or her surroundings while ensuring his or her safety. However, it should be noted that once the child learns how to open the gates, these products will have lost their usefulness and should be dismantled.
The Importance Of A Pool Safety Fence
If you own a pool for children to laugh and play in, you need a pool safety fence to keep them safe the rest of the time. Nothing is more fun than spending the day with your children splashing around and enjoying the wonderful weather in a pool. Unfortunately, many people forget just how dangerous a pool can be. Children are very curious creatures and they love to explore. As soon as they are able to move about the house they want to check out every single corner they can. When there is an open door it is an invitation for fun. If you accidentally leave an exterior door open and take your eyes off of your young child for a moment, they will be outside in seconds. It is in this type of scenario that a pool safety fence is needed.
Important Safety Tips For Your Pool
You must keep a close watch on all young children while they are in or around a pool. If you look away for a second, horrible things can happen. If you have to do something that will involve your attention, then take the children out of the pool for that window of time. This may frustrate the children but it will ensure their safety. Also, do not use floatation devices as a substitute for watching the child. There have been cases of children drowning because the parents put an inflatable device on them and walked away, counting on the inflatable item to keep the child from drowning.
Putting up a fence around your pool is one of the best things you can do to insure the safety of your children. Make sure the fence is high enough to prevent children to climb over. With this, you can install a gate that locks, preventing your children to go through to the pool.
The last very important thing a parent can do if they have a pool is to learn CPR. Accidents can happen so quickly and if they do you have to be able to react quickly and appropriately to save your child’s life.