Ensuring the safety of children in the home is a top priority for parents, grandparents, and caregivers alike. With young children, curiosity and mischievousness often go hand in hand, making it essential to take proactive measures to eliminate potential hazards and minimise the risk of injury. In this article, we will share valuable tips and guidelines on how to childproof your home elevator to create a secure and worry-free environment for your little ones.
The Importance of Childproofing
Children are naturally curious beings and learn about their world through exploration, often using their hands as their primary tool. As such, it is crucial to keep dangerous objects out of their reach. This includes electrical cords, knives, scissors, matches, batteries, and other potentially harmful items. Make sure to secure these items in cabinets fitted with child safety locks to prevent access. Additionally, be mindful of blind cords, plastic bags, and packaging, which can pose a choking hazard.
Safety in the Kitchen
The kitchen can present multiple risks for young children, from hot appliances and boiling water to sharp tools and objects. To minimise these hazards, keep children away from stoves and use guards to prevent burns from hot liquids. Ensure that kettles and pots with boiling water are out of reach, and always supervise little ones in this area. Moreover, use plug-in covers to prevent children from sticking objects into power outlets and unplug appliances when not in use.
The Dangers of Household Chemicals
While certain household items may seem harmless to adults, they can be highly toxic to young children. Cleaning products, chemicals, and medicines should be stored out of reach in a locked cupboard or cabinet to prevent accidental poisoning. It is also essential to educate children about the potential dangers of these items and discourage them from playing with them.
Safety Around Water
Water can be enticing for children, making it crucial to take appropriate steps to prevent access to pools, spas, dams, or ponds. If you have a permanent or inflatable pool with water deeper than 30cm, it is a legal requirement to have a four-sided fence with a self-closing and self-latching gate. Never leave children unattended near water, and ensure that they are within arm’s reach at all times. Always supervise children in the bath or shower to prevent them from turning on the hot water tap.
Addressing Furniture Risks
Furniture can pose a significant danger to curious toddlers who love to climb and explore. To prevent incidents, secure tall furniture, such as bookshelves and tallboys, to the walls. Use corner guards and edge protectors on furniture with sharp corners and edges to avoid injuries. Additionally, it is essential to ensure that TVs and other heavy objects are anchored correctly to avoid them tipping over.
Introducing LEO, the Elevator Child-locking Device
At Platinum Elevators, we understand the importance of keeping children safe around elevators, which is why we have developed Lock Elevator Operation (LEO), an elevator child-locking device. This innovative device allows you to lock the elevator doors with a simple touch, preventing children from opening the door or operating the lift. LEO is equipped with a red LED light, which indicates when the device is activated, providing peace of mind that the lift is disabled. The device can be installed on any landing door(s) and inside the cabin, and it is compatible with all our residential and commercial lift products except for the Crystal Mini Lift.
The safety of children is paramount, and it is essential to take proactive measures to childproof your home elevator. By implementing the tips and guidelines mentioned above, along with our elevator child-locking device, you can have peace of mind that your little ones are safe in their home environment. For more information on LEO or any of our lift products, contact Platinum Elevators at 1300 000 260. Our team will be happy to assist you in creating a secure and safe home elevator experience for your family.