Keeping your home safe for your child is very important. Even a seemingly minor accident can seriously injure a child. Taking a little extra time to make sure everything is safe and secure will make you feel so much better in the end. Something that's commonly overlooked, however, is the patio door.
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Common Patio Door Accidents
The most common ways children injure themselves with patio doors are running into the doors (because they don't see the glass) and opening the door and wandering into the yard, which is full of hazards of its own.
One quick way to avoid an accident is to eliminate the temptation of the door. Conceal it with curtains that cover the entire door, or, in the colder seasons, consider putting a couch or other large piece of furniture in front of the door. "Out of sight, out of mind" works for most small children.
Avoid a Run In
To avoid having your child run into the door, risking bumps, bruises, cuts and broken bones, you can do more to make the glass visible. For example, put a picture or window clings at your child's eye level so she can see that there is something there. Also, avoid slip hazards near the door, such as slippery rugs or puddles of water.
Avoid an Open Door
To avoid having your child open the door and escape into the backyard, a good place to start is simply remembering to lock the door. Of course, as children get older they quickly figure out the lock and knob. There are a number of patio door securing systems on the market for childproofing your home. They are easy to install and easy to use, and will be worth it to avoid injury.
Constant Safety Monitoring
It's impossible for most of us to have our eyes on our children every second of the day, and accidents can still happen. There are items available on the market that can alert you to unsafe behaviours your children are engaged in. An easy one is a baby monitor. Once your child has outgrown the need to have one in his bedroom, you can move the monitor to an area of your home that you're concerned about. Then you can hear if he is there or not. Investigate alarms that you can place in trouble areas of your home, which will alert you with a certain noise that your child could be in danger. These have proven especially helpful for patio doors, and models are made specifically for them.
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