Baby Proofing Tips To Keep In Mind When Buying A Home

Baby proofing tips to keep in mind when buying a home. Tips for new home purhasing while thinking of baby proofing. Buying a home for a growing family involves many choices, but safety has to top the list...

Buying a home for a growing family involves many choices, but safety has to top the list for parents. Of course, there will most likely be areas that just aren't appropriate places for little ones in any home. Baby proofing expert, Mark Altman (founder and owner of The Childproofer) says, "You can always restrict the space. Areas like offices, guest rooms, basements, and garages are areas best to keep kids out of."

A little planning and checking can mean a safe home for your family.

In older homes, especially those built before 1978, you'll want to know that there is no lead paint. Look for any chipping or peeling paint. Whatever you do, don't start scraping paint or do anything to disturb it. If it is lead-based, you need a professional to remove it safely.

Another concern in older homes is asbestos. This substance can be found in floor tiles, insulation, and fireproofing. You'll want to insure that asbestos is not in your home, or will be professionally removed prior to moving in.

All homes, new or older, need to be checked for radon. Simple kits are available for consumers.

Plumbing, wiring, and heating systems should be inspected as well for any potential safety problems. Furnaces and central air systems should be inspected yearly as part of your child proofing routine.

Appliances can be checked out for problems, too, and make certain there have been no product recalls for safety reasons. In the case of gas stoves, a yellow-tipped flame is a danger sign. Learn how to recognize the odor of a natural gas leak.

Mold is everywhere and virtually impossible to eradicate entirely, but mold can be a serious health concern. Have your prospective home checked out and learn how to control mold growth.

If the home has a well, have the water checked for pesticides, contaminants, and lead. Also be certain the water heater is set at a safe temperature to avoid scalding little ones.

Check out the Environmental Protection Agency website at for more information on these topics.

Other concerns for parents when looking at homes to buy include the layout of the outdoor environment for their children. Is the driveway terribly steep? Can it accessed from the play area of the yard? Is the yard a safe area to play in? Is there a properly installed fence suitable for use around children?

Inside the home, will it be easy to restrict little ones' entrance to less safe areas of the home, like the garage, kitchen and laundry rooms through the use of doors or gates?
Are stairways able to be safely barred with gates? Spiral staircases, open stairwells, and open risers on stairs present real safety concerns that may not be easy to rectify.

Windows, particularly those on second floors, must be secured so that children cannot fall through them or injure themselves trying to put them up or down. Decks, balconies and patios need to be secured as well. Make certain any railings are appropriately spaced and secured for children.

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