What is Behind that Door?

 

Our number one responsibility as parents is to protect our children. No parent wants their toddler to suffer the consequences of opening a door and going outside unattended or into a dangerous area.

At about 18 months, children can turn a door knob, they might need both hands, but they can do it. Lever door handles are the easiest to open. The family cat and dog can open these; you don’t even need a thumb, just push down the lever.

Some of the areas of your home should be “off limits” to your toddler. For example: The home office is full of hazards; paper clips and thumb tacks are choking hazards. Paper shredders will shred more than just paper and small fingers will fit into the slot. The garage is unsafe the moment a car pulls in and can never be assumed that it is childproofed. The heat underneath a car can reach over 1000 degrees and many garages contain anti-freeze, paints and lawn chemicals that are poisonous.

Door latches can make your job as a parent easier and safer for you family. Financially, it may be less expensive to simply latch the door versus baby proofing the whole room. There are numerous options and a professional baby proofer can advise you for the best latch for your particular situation whether it is a door to the street or the door to a storage room.

When you plan ahead and secure some doors, you will greatly reduce the risk of injury to your toddler and achieve your goal of protecting your child.

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About the Author:

Jack Smith is a child safety expert with Infant House, a baby proofing company serving the Dallas/Fort Worth and Austin Texas area. He is the Daddy of boy/girl twins, affiliated with the International Association for Child Safety, contributing author of “Chaos 2 Calm the moms-of-multiples’ guide to an organized family”, seen on CBS and inventor of the GlideLok – a childproof door latch sold worldwide. Contact: InfantHouse.com or call 866-Infant5 (866-463-2685) for your in-home childproofing evaluation. 08/16