“Most parents do a very good job staying vigilant, but accidents can happen very quickly. Turning your back to stir a pot on the stove or stepping into another room can give kids an opportunity for injury,” Dr. Carter says.
Childproofing your home requires forethought and possibly the purchase of some items. Many general merchandise stores carry child-safety products such as cabinet latches, outlet covers, doorknob covers and baby gates. For specialty items, you may need to visit a baby supply or hardware store.
Here are some steps to take when childproofing your home: