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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.

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Whether your home is sleek and modern, or a renovated beauty, there now is a range of power points and light switches to suit all needs.  This post looks at the four main different style groups available and where they are best suited!  Hopefully we’ll be able to inspire you to get creative in giving your switches and points an upgrade!

Antique Power Points

Pales in Style Bungalow Power Point Florentine Bronze

When planning your renovation, you no doubt are planning on keeping all your mod cons, and therefore need to have power points and light switches. But these do not have to be your standard plastic white ones that are commonly used.  There are now a number of retailer, which produce points and switches to suit the style of older homes.  These include metal capped wooden power points such as this one from Pales in Style.

An alternative would be an art deco power point which is wood and moulded plastic or the Clipsal heritage range which are available from a number of providers and can at times be sourced in the DIY Bargain Bin Electrical Wire / Switches / Power Points / Fuse Boxes / Fixtures & Fittings section.

Image of Slimline lightswitches sourced from Clipsal

Standard and Slimline

These are the new modern day equivalent of your plastic covered power point. They are available in normal size, but Clipsal have also produced a thinner and less obtrusive power point which would look good in most homes regardless of age or style.

Large switches

If you are installing switches or power points for an older person then it is well worth considering going for larger switches.  There is nothing worse than fumbling around in the dark trying to flick on the light when your fingers are cold and frail.  There are a number of oversized light switches available, some with neon lights to make location easier, or without.  The Clipsal Matisse range and Prestige ranges both feature oversized switches.

Clipsal Saturn range of light switch

The future

If you have a modern home, potentially you want something that is more forward thinking.  There are many options available including the Clipsal Saturn range which have a glass face and illuminated round buttons or the Reflection range which are square on smooth stainless steel .

You can find a range of different power point plates and switch plates in the DIY Bargain Bin Electrical Wire / Switches / Power Points / Fuse Boxes / Fixtures and Fittings section of the website.