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Argh, sometimes you just find yourself needing to change your door knob.  There may not be anything at all wrong with it, maybe it is just the wrong colour or shape, or perhaps you have a kitty kat problem like this one on YouTube!

So although those lever door handles look pretty good they perhaps make it almost too easy to open the doors.

Given we are in a video mood, I thought therefore I would find a good video tutorial of how to replace a round door handle.  The instructions are pretty similar for all types of door handles, so you can use this for whatever doors you have.

This one is probably one of the better ones out there.  It is from Expert Village, click on the picture to go to You Tube to view it.

Image courtesy of Marie G

So you have been watching your little baby steadily grow, each day they amaze you with the new things that they can do, from frowning to smiling, to rolling and sitting.  But when they suddenly discover the ability to move, be it by crawling or going commando across the floor, the joy may quickly turn into hazard brainstorming session.  And, well, that is a good thing!

Little children learn from their mistakes, but there are some that you just want to avoid them ever making! So now is the time to think about what you need to do to child proof your home!

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Children will love to open cupboards, pull on draws and peak behind closed doors.  This is a great sign of their curiousity and development, so you do not want to stop all exploration.  However you do want to prevent their little fingers finding anything that could be dangerous.

The items to consider as potentially hazardous to a child include:

Kitchen – Any draw with knives or sharp implements, any draw with plastic bags, any cupboard with chemicals or cleaning equipment, any cupboard with medicinal supplies.

Laundry – Anywhere cleaning products or laundry products, pest control or gardening equipment (such as fertilizers etc) are kept.

Bathroom – Anywhere medicinal supplies, hair products such as hair moose and any cleaning products.

Cooking

While cooking you need to be alert.  Either fit a safety door to the kitchen or ensure that you are vigilant.  Turn pot handles to the back of the stove and ensure the child stays away from a hot oven.

Water

There are a number of things you can do to safe guard your child from water.  The facts are that children can die in a small bucket of water, so it is good to ensure that all outdoor water features, pools or buckets are either empty or have protective fences around them.  Inside ensure that the bath is always let out.

Another task to attend to is the temperature of your hot water, ensure that you have set it at an appropriate level in order to not burn or scold the child should it come out hot.  See Adjusting your gas hot water heater.  Also get in the habit of always turning the hot tap off first, so the cold water can cool the metal fixtures.

Finally ensure that you have a good quality mat down to reduce the chance of your child slipping.

Electricity

It goes without saying that electricity is one of the most dangerous currents pulsing through any household.  Given a child’s curousity it is hard to ensure that they will never stick something inside a power point, so cover all accessible power points with a plastic cap when not in use.  Also ensure that you have a safety switch fitted, this will flick your power off should it happen to short circuit, hopefully protecting the child.

Door stoppers and strips

These are often overlooked, but they are quite important.  Look around your home for any door that shuts too quickly or sharply, and doors which have dangerous inside edges (that is when the door is open, does it leave a gap between door and frame where a child may place their finger).  If so, address these by putting in a door stop or a strip to ensure that your child’s fingers remain safe.

Stairs

Stairs can prove fatal to a little child, so it is worth getting a gate.  These are usually very easy to fit.

On the fun flip side, you may also want to protect your DVD, VIDEO, WII etc from little fingers, slices of toast and being used as a money box.  In these cases your child is likely to be fine, in fact probably proud of their achievement, however you may have an expensive repair bill.

Check out the DIY Bargain Bin for all your child proofing needs.

Statistics are informative, and point to some interesting habits kept by us as home owners and by those who break and enter.  One is that in a lot of cases there is no ‘breaking’ as such. The NRMA say that 35% of us will still go out leaving some windows and doors unlocked, and it is no suprise that Timpson Locksmiths in the UK say that 20% of burglaries are through an open window or door!

The NRMA also go on to say that one in four homes have been burgled, and in the city that increases to one in three.  They also warn that just because you have been burgled before, that you cannot expect not to be so again, stating that burglars are likely to return to the scene of their crime within three months, but despite this, only 5% of burglars will be caught.

Sounds pretty scary, right?  But the truth of the matter is that break and enters on a whole has decreased, and there is about 1% chance of you getting burgled.  But to reduce that even further, there are some simple steps you can take, the following are taken from the Australian Institute of Criminology – Trends & Issues Paper on Burglary Prevention from 1995, however they still remain true today.

  1. Make it visible – Most burglaries occur during daylight hours, so make sure neighbours can view the front of your house.
  2. Appearance of occupancy – Make it seem like someone is at home, a big giveaway is mail spewing forth from your mailbox while you are on holidays.  Pay the kid next door to collect it and put your bins out.  A light on a timer in a front room can also be a good idea.
  3. Restrict access – The first rule the AIS says is ‘simply to lock one’s doors’.  Locks and security systems are available in the DIY Bargain Bin Doors / Door Hardware / Locks / Door Chimes / Intercom section. Then make sure you lock it!  Do not leave your keys outside, instead give a key to a trusted friend or relative.
  4. Supplementary measures – Add an alarm or if in a dark street, why not add an outside movement detector lamp.  Check out the DIY Bargain Bin Lighting / Indoor & Outdoor section to see our range.
  5. Get to know your neighbours – We may live in a society where the majority of our communication is through email, internet and phone, but do not underestimate the power of the friendly neighbour when it comes to home security.