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A beginners guide to child-proofing your home

by Maria Elena Casillas 01/28/2024

Kid playing with blocks

As kids run and play in the home, it’s essential to make sure your space is safe for their well-being. Here are some basic childproofing tips to help you create a safer environment at home.

Child-proofing laundry room

Every year, there are many injuries reported due to kids climbing into washing machines and dryers. Consider purchasing safety gates and locks to keep them out of these areas.  

Many clothing detergents and laundry pods are bright, which may tempt kids to try eating them. Make sure these items are safely placed in a childproof container. 

Child-proofing the bathroom

It’s common to store bleach, medicines and some cleaning products in the bathroom. Prevent kids from accidentally ingesting these items by keeping them locked away with safety latches. 

Add corner and edge bumpers to any sharp areas in the bathroom. For example, this may include corner tiles or the edge of the sink. This can help to prevent injury if these areas are bumped into. 

Baby-proofing the living areas

Consider purchasing cordless window coverings to prevent accidental injuries. If you need assistance purchasing this item, consider contacting the window covering safety council for repair kits. These kits can be used to repair the inner cord of your current windows. 

Use door knob covers to prevent kids from having access to areas of the home with potential dangers. Outlet covers act as safeguards to prevent electrocution from electrical outlets. 

Childproofing your home may seem like a hassle. However, doing so can help to prevent possible injuries.

About the Author

Maria Elena Casillas


You don’t need to do this alone. I am bilingual in English and Spanish, and I have been in the industry for over 20 years, after earning my degree in Business Management and successive studies in Human Resources and Technology. Never content to let my education lapse, I also received a certification in Negotiation Skills from Pepperdine University and attended courses at Stanford University. A leader in the field, I am a member of the Santa Clara Board of Realtors and served as a professional standards ombudsman for 8 years. I completed a term as the President of the National Hispanic Organization of Real Estate’s Santa Clara chapter in 2016, now serving as this organization’s National Vice President. I pursued additional in-depth training to achieve professional designations as an ABR (Accredited Buyer’s Representative), CRS (Certified Professional Specialist), and SRES (Seniors Real Estate Specialist), GREEN certification, and RCS-D (Divorce Real Estate Specialist). Far from being a meaningless alphabet soup, this demonstrates how proactive I am in pursuing the latest knowledge so that I completely prepared to satisfy all my sellers' and buyers' unique needs. I am committed to Excellence!