Keeping those safe, that can’t protect themselves
Young couples spend their money on a home and decorate it based on a few factors. Either they want to be stylish and make an impression, or they are looking for technical advancements in their home to make their lives easy. Older couples that have been through everything will decorate based on comfort and their needs to satisfy themselves without a care to others (although guests will be included.) Those in the middle, which happen to be the majority, have children and understand that decorating means keeping the kids in mind.
Sometimes families become extended and take on the roles of caretaker for their parent or grandparents. This requires even more consideration when it comes to the needs of décor, versus the safety of those that you are caring for.
For me there is a third category which has become my world and stems from the disabled (or to be politically correct for those that are over-sensitive the alternately abled). We have a child that suffers from Cerebral Palsy, and while she can walk a few steps without assistance, it means she will fall a lot. Many parents take care of children (either their own or adopted), and they could be your neighbor. Their world may seem to the same on your side of the fence, but step foot into their home and you will see that things move differently. Keeping their children safe is the number one priority for them.
Starting with those that are more likely to be injured if left unattended would be babies and toddlers. While many young parents will spend a fortune, baby proofing the house, it can work to your downfall to do this. Children learn quickly, and they do so by watching you, listening to you, and paying attention, even when you think they are not. This means they will be able to undo a latch, a gate, or a plug before you can think about it. You are better off teaching your children where they can and can’t go and why. Such as no going into the bathroom to use the big toilet, but use their training potty instead. Stay out of the kitchen, and don’t touch. It’s a matter of discipline over safety and your child will learn faster. (For those of you with special needs children, you will know your child the best and their learning capabilities. Our daughter will go onto the kitchen if it is left open, but only to explore and be somewhere she has not been allowed to go.)
True you might need to put up gates, to block a hallway or kitchen. And I advocate for plugs on electrical outlets to keep a child from being electrocuted. The best thing you can do though is block any sharp corners on furniture to prevent a corner from being hit. (This could save you in the middle of the night too.) Foam padding and special foam corners that come in a variety of colors can be placed on these edges.
Stay away from the locking toilet seats, as that can be more disastrous for you than it could be for the child. Cupboard locks are great, so long as you know how to get the lock off. Be sure to not stand where the child can see you open it though, otherwise they will soon figure it out.
While most people use cameras outside of the house, or at least pointing to the outside to prevent robbery and burglaries from occurring, using them inside has its advantages. A camera on the inside is usually found in a child’s room, such as the baby to keep an eye on them when they are sleeping. Even the hidden nanny cameras are great additions to a house as they allow you to see what your child might be getting into. Use that knowledge to educate your child when they keep exhibiting the same curiosities and behaviors to prevent them from getting worse.
You don’t need to install a lot of cameras but if you have a baby monitor that has night vision, many of them allow you to add cameras to it, and switch between them. This is a great way to get your monies worth and keep an eye on your children, or anyone else you might be caring for. A camera system like this runs around $200, with additional cameras costing about $90 each. The hidden nanny cameras can run as low as $80 and as high as $200 with access to your phone or a laptop.
Disabled and Elderly
For some people this can be one and the same. Often as we get older we can’t move as fast, and some might even have difficulty moving at all. Those who have special needs children may already experience these same features. Either way they need help, and your home could be more of a hindrance than you think. Handles or rails placed in the hallways can make a big difference. Those same things can be place in the bathroom, similar to what you see in hospitals, which can make a big difference for someone that wants to retain at least part of their independence.
Sold in packages are foam with duel sticky tape on the inside which allows you to place them on corners of furniture and along the edges. This helps prevent injury, which for these individuals could rip skin or cause a deep enough cut to guarantee stiches.
Bathrooms can be especially dangerous, like those bath tubs that might be hard to step into. There are more specific tubs that allow for showers only, with only a small step like what you might find in gym. There are also chairs that you can purchase at local drug stores or hospital supply stores that can be placed in the tub, so they can sit down to take a shower or a bath.