Child Safety at Home: Baby-Proofing Your House or Apartment

As a Fort Worth child injury attorney, I know that young children are prone to be injured in a wide number of circumstances. Many times, toddlers and preschoolers in particular are likely to be seriously injured within their own homes. This does not just apply to cases where a child is attacked by the family pet or discovers their parents’ gun – it also involves everyday risks found in every family’s kitchen, bathroom, and living room.


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Here are some tips for childproofing your home in order to better prevent serious accidents which could seriously injured your children:

  • Install childproof locks on all cupboards in the kitchen and bathroom – particularly those containing knives, medicines or cleaning products – you should also consider installing special locks on the oven, dishwasher, washing machine, and dryer
  • Try to only use the back-most burners of the oven when your children are present – and always make sure that the handles of all pots and pans are turned away so that little hands can’t grab them
  • Keep your water heater set to no higher than 120 degrees – this reduced the risk of scalding which can result in very serious injuries
  • Never leave your child unattended when they are in the bath – infants and toddlers can drown in just a couple of inches of water
  • Use socket covers on all electrical outlets throughout your home
  • Tie up or cut cords that dangle from your window blinds – they pose a risk of strangulation if kids get caught up in them
  • Ensure that stairs are uncluttered and well lit, and that secure barriers are in place if you want to prevent your kids from using the stairs unattended

Making a Claim for an Injured Child

In certain circumstances, if your child was injured at home – or in the home of a friend, neighbor or other family member – you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation on their behalf to pay for their medical treatment and to compensate them for their pain and suffering. For more information and to request a free consultation on your case, please call our Fort Worth child injury lawyers at 817-294-1900.