Your home is a sanctuary, a place of peace and freedom from which to escape the pressure of the outside world. It is where you and your family go to relax, and where you can truly be yourself. It is also supposed to be the one place in the world where you should feel the most safe.

Homes built in the United States are the safest structures standing. They contain the highest quality building materials available. America has the best architects, engineers, designers and builders in the world. Our country also has the strictest guidelines and regulations established to ensure that every step in the building process is monitored, documented, and meets all quality and safety benchmarks. Federal and state laws were established to protect our rights as citizens, and they are strictly enforced to ensure our safety as homeowners.

Safety is more than a check-mark on a clipboard

However, safety is more than just a list of regulations and rules to be checked off a clipboard. Just like our automobiles, our homes may be the safest places built, but it is how we interact with them that determines our true safety. In other words, no matter how safe the house has been constructed, accidents, especially to children can still happen. Accidents can happen to anyone at anytime, anywhere. It is a part of life, albeit one that is most unpleasant. Injuries in the home are common place. It is important to realize that most accidents and injuries can be prevented. In 2008, CIRP or Center for Injury Research and Policy established the Home Safety Program to focus on the leading cause of injury in and around the home. They are trying to prevent home injuries by taking an innovative approach to public policy. By taking a cutting edge look at research and translating them into innovative public policy changes, they are hoping to reduce injury related disabilities and save lives.

Child-proofing or (Baby Proofing) is the act of making an environment or object safer for children. It reduces risks to a level considered acceptable by society, an institution or parents. Child-proofing may include restriction of children to safe areas or preventing children from accessing unsafe ones. It can be accomplished by a parent, or by hiring a professional for help and expertise.
Child-proofing a home is an extremely complex issue that has many facets. We aren’t going to be able to cover all of them in a single article. To that end, we will be looking at four specific areas of this subject in four related articles. In this series, we will look at the known statistics – where experts are documenting issues in certain areas of the home. We’ll look to see what safety precautions can be initiated by homeowners to minimize risk. We will discuss easy, low-cost solutions to common safety issues and how to implement them into your home. And lastly, we’ll point out resources available to families to aid them in their quest to a safer home. Sometimes having another set of eyes to make observations from different perspectives can make all the difference.

Child Proofing Your Home – Series 1-4

By the Numbers – Statistics can only define the problem areas.
Safety is within Reach – Precaution, Preemption, Prevention – The three “P’s”
Solutions are everywhere – Ways to inexpensively and effectively address safety challenges
Change Your Perspective – Two heads are always better than one

The bottom line is that you aren’t alone in this. Accidents can be prevented. Many injuries can be avoided and child-proofing your home is one way you can protect your most valuable possession, your children…