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What child safety equipment do we really need in our home?

There are so many child safety devices and products on the market these days that it’s hard to tell what’s absolutely necessary, and what’s merely nice to have. Here is a list of the items that you simply have to have:

Childproof latches. Once your child is crawling or walking, there’s always a risk of cabinets and drawers being opened, or worse, your child escaping through a door. Make sure every door and drawer in your home is secured.

Smoke detectors. Young children are particularly susceptible to smoke inhalation, let alone fire, so make sure you have smoke detectors installed in your home, as per the manufacturer’s recommendations.

Carbon monoxide detector: Dubbed the ‘silent killer’, carbon monoxide can build up in your house from faulty heaters or other equipment. You can’t see or smell it, so you need a detector.  Such detectors can usually be combined with smoke detectors, and should be located near to appliances such as gas boilers.

Outlet covers on all your electrical outlets are another must. Young children love putting their fingers into sockets, and an electrical shock can be fatal!

Lastly, you want to make sure that you have safety gates installed. There are plenty of options out there, but they all keep your child safely away from dangerous areas of your home.

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