Welcoming a new child into your home is one of the most joyous pleasures life has to offer you. Of course, the new-found responsibilities of being a parent aren’t far behind the rush of pride. Baby-proofing your home in a home improvement project is an important part of setting up a safe and nurturing environment for your children. Here are some quick tips for eliminating common child hazards around the home.

* Furniture Straps

Babies and toddlers will delight in tugging at anything and everything they can get their hands on. Top-heavy pieces of furniture pose a toppling hazard and can cause serious injuries. Use furniture straps at the tops of bookcases and other tall pieces of furniture to prevent accidental tipping.

* Bathroom Safety

Even the cleanest bathroom can be a breeding ground for germs you don’t want to expose your kids to. Many parents like to use a toilet lock to prevent inquisitive youngsters from exploring this unsanitary area. Child-resistant door caps can also be used to close off your bathrooms entirely. Make sure under-sink cabinets are made safe as described below.

* Appliances

Many of the appliances in your kitchen pose a potential threat if unattended children are allowed to fiddle with them. A variety of simple products are available to lock down the knobs and controls of ovens, refrigerators, microwaves, and other appliances. Consult the manufacturer’s directions carefully to ensure you get products which are compatible with your appliances’ makes and models.

* Dangling Blind Cords

The cords you use to raise and lower window blinds present a low-lying choking hazard to young children. You can remove this threat by installing cheap re-tractors that keep loose cords well above child height. Calling on remodeling contractors can help install the right pieces to keep your child safe.

* Cabinet Security

Under-counter kitchen cabinets are wonderfully tempting to young children. When at all possible, make sure you’re not storing anything delicate or dangerous (such as cleaning products) in low-lying cabinets. You can also consider installing aftermarket locks on your cabinets to prevent youthful entry entirely.

* GFI Electrical Outlets

Electrical outlets that are close to water should be equipped with ground fault interrupters, or GFIs. GFIs will automatically break the circuit to any plugged-in appliance if it gets wet. GFI outlets are standard in modern kitchens and bathrooms, but older homes may not have these simple safety features. A home improvement contractor, general contractor or remodeler and sometimes a simple handyman can help with installing these in your home. To check your outlets for GFI capability, look for a two-position button (usually colored black and red) mounted in between the outlets. Preferred Building Contractors has a thorough knowledge of GFCI outlets and we can send a remodeling contractor to take care of this for you.

* Water Heater Settings

You can head off a number of potential accidents by turning down the setting on your hot water heater. Set the maximum temperature to 120 degrees so that there is no risk of exposing your kids to scalding temperatures.

* Explore Your Home At Baby Level

Finally, here’s a useful general tip to root out more potential hazards. Get down on your floor and explore your home at the level your children will be at. From this perspective you’ll get a clear view of many threats you might otherwise miss, including sharp corners on furniture, tripping and choking hazards, and other risks that you can easily remedy.

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Carol E. Richards
Carol E. Richards
23:18 19 Nov 20
Elbert quoted best price, helped design and then delivered timely on an unconventional project to improve disability... access throughout our home. Replacing a treacherous step-down into a family room with a custom landing, ramp and rail, he reversed the swing of an existing, large interior French Door and created a new "Hobbit Door" doubling access for all our family members to make quicker, safer exit from the house in case of emergency and more easily enjoy the garden. A new Barn Door conceals it beautifully!read more
Lucas Musumeci
Lucas Musumeci
02:43 17 Oct 20
Preferred Contractors built us a 26 by 10 composite deck with a awning that covers half of the deck. The covering is... connected to the roof by sky lifts and the whole project looks awesome. Elbert and Lane were able to answer questions and provide explanations and adapt to requested changes. The price was very good and the quality of work was great. Thanks for the deck outstanding deck and covering guys!read more
Kevin Muir
Kevin Muir
23:59 08 Jul 20
Elbert installed a new door for us which looks great and created a railway stair guard which he had never done before... now. His work was outstanding. He is easy to reach, personable, knowledgable and fair in his pricing. We will need more work done on the house at some point and we will without doubt go to Elbert first.read more
Angelina Mc Kinney
Angelina Mc Kinney
01:41 03 Apr 20
I called them and they came and did the work and checked with me to make sure they were doing what I wanted and how I... wanted it.read more
Tim Porter
Tim Porter
18:33 27 Feb 20
Had an upstairs water leak in our bathroom which caused damage to the floor and damaged our downstairs ceiling and... walls. These came in and instantly started fixing our problems. They did a great job at a fair price. Finished in a timely manner and very respectful people. Would absolutely use these guys again.read more
Damien T
Damien T
01:47 19 Jan 20
Hired to do a list of work at my home required prior to sale of home. Elbert was very professional, got the job done... and exceeded my expectations. Prices were very fair. Definitely will use in the future and will recommend to family and friends.read more
Bruce E
Bruce E
22:14 03 Sep 19
We had Elbert replace some dry-rotted supports on our front porch as well as our carport. He arrived on schedule for a... free estimate and we thought he quoted us a fair price for the work. He arrived on schedule to do the work, did a great job and cleanup when he was finished. We are very happy with his work and would use him again for any other projects as well as recommend his work to others.read more
D Clausen
D Clausen
02:10 16 Oct 18
Elbert repaired a door and replaced another that renters had damaged. He did a great job. Great value for home owners!!
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