How to childproof your home

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Small children sometimes get into places they shouldn’t. This can lead to them breaking things, or worse, hurting themselves. But there are some very simple and inexpensive things you can do to childproof your home and keep your kids safe. Continue to step-by-step instructions
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Sometimes tight or rusted screws just won’t come out. To fix this problem, pour some white vinegar into a small bowl and use an eyedropper to drip some on the head of the screw. Wait for several minutes while the vinegar flows down over the thread. Take your screwdriver and give it another go and you’ll be amazed at just how easily the screw comes out.

Step by Step Instructions

1 Attach corner protectors
2 Power point protectors
3 Install child security gates
4 TV safety straps
5 Appliance and cupboard locks
  • Step 1. Attach corner protectors

    Once small children learn to walk, they’re soon running around the house, where benches and tables are at head height. Foam corner protectors can be easily attached to tables and benches to soften the blow of running into a sharp corner.
  • Step 2. Power point protectors

    Small children and power points can be a deadly mix. The easiest way to stop little fingers or other objects from being pushed into unused power points is to put power point protectors into them. They’re too hard for small hands to remove but a handy key makes it easy for adults.
  • Step 3. Install child security gates

    Child security gates are a great way of making sure small children can’t go where you don’t want them. They’re ideal for the top or the bottom of the stairs or on doors and walls, to make sure kids can’t leave or go into a room that they shouldn’t. They’re easy to install and come in a variety of colours to suit your décor.
  • Step 4. TV safety straps

    Young kids have a habit of pulling on things they’re fascinated by, especially televisions. To stop yours toppling over, install a flat screen TV saver. Two straps are easily attached to the back of your TV, and the other end of the straps are secured to something solid, either the cabinet or the wall. Follow the instructions on the pack and make sure that you tighten the adjustable straps until they’re taut.
  • Step 5. Appliance and cupboard locks

    Young curious minds and prying hands often want to open things. Thankfully there’s a range of locks to stop them doing so. There are microwave and oven locks, fridge locks and locks to keep youngsters out of your cupboards and cabinets. They’re all easy to install and easy to operate, so the grown-ups in the house can still easily open doors when needed.

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  • Phillips head screwdriver

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  • Security gate
  • Flat screen TV saver
  • Microwave lock
  • Outlet cover safety plug
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