A home is supposed to be a safe and comfortable haven for children. However, for those who are yet to have kids, the features of the home need to be tweaked to make it more child-friendly. Here are some suggestions on how you can keep kids safe within your property.
1. Slip-resistant Pool Deck
The pool deck is a favorite area for most kids. However, it is also the most dangerous especially when they run around after taking a dip in the pool. The wet concrete pool deck can be quite slippery. Of all pool deck texture coatings available nowadays, the spray knockdown texture comes highly recommended. The trowel finish creates a non-skid surface with improved traction and grip. Another benefit of spray texture is that it stays cooler to the touch than other pool deck materials despite long hours of exposure to sunlight.
2. Cushioned Furniture
When you have kids in the house, expect them to be throwing themselves around carelessly. This is one reason why furniture should be cushioned. You may also want to add some throw pillows to help prevent bumps and bruises.
3. Rounded Furniture
It is quite odd that kids always bump into sharp and pointy stuff. Rounded furniture helps prevent injuries. Opt for a round table or chairs with rounded seats. If you can’t afford a new set of furniture, there are rubber thing-a-ma-jigs you can add to pointy and sharp corners to make it safer for kids.
4. Non-glass Items
If you have valuable items that are very fragile, like glass, keep it in areas that kids can’t reach. You can put them on the topmost shelf or inside cabinets. Having kids around, homeowners need to keep valuable and breakable items first and wait until the kids are big enough to be careful around the house.
5. Covered or In-ground Trampolines
Trampolines are fun for both kids and adults. However, there are times when children would jump and bounce back outwards onto the grass, acquiring serious injuries. An ideal solution is to cover the trampoline with net walls. This way, the kids stay safe on the trampoline regardless of which direction they bounce back to. If you don’t like the net, consider an in-ground trampoline instead. This is set up at the same level as the ground itself. Under the trampoline, however, the ground is dug up and filled with sod or sand.