Have you seen the recent video of the toddler who saved his brother from a scary dresser tip-over? If you haven’t, it’s a must watch that you can view it on the Today show website here. And with as many child proofing safeguards that you may have in place to keep your spaces accident-free, mishaps can still happen. The important thing is to be prepared.
What child proofing steps can you take to see to it that your home is accident-free?
Choose your furniture with safety in mind. Anchor dressers especially in the children’s rooms. Read manufacturer instructions to be extra sure your furniture is properly used.
Place your television on a piece of furniture that is appropriate for the size and weight. Or have one mounted to the wall.
Think like a curious child. If toys or interesting items are in sight, there can be temptation to crawl or climb to retrieve them. Keep appealing items out of sight as much as possible. These will vary by child, but remotes or stuffed animals are two that can be really attractive.
In the kitchen, when not gated off, remove or secure oven knobs with a guard or shield. Add a latch to the refrigerator. Protect items in low cabinets with locks or latches.
In the bathroom, keep the toilet seat down and install a latch. Bathroom doors can be a danger to fingers. For extreme caution use a door stopper to prevent full door closure, or simply keep a towel draped over the top of the door.
When locating a temporary home for a family who has been uprooted by unforeseen water loss, fire damage or other, every situation will have different needs. From professional movers to providing extra children’s furniture, setting up installations of temporary pool fences and beyond, we will make every effort to supply whatever it may be.
For example, a family of 5 with small children is presented an option for a house located close to their existing home and neighborhood. The house even has a pool. But, there is no pool fence at the property. They show interest in the house, but are wary of the children around an open pool. If the house is a perfect fit aside from the pool risk, CRS would work directly with the landlord or property manager in sourcing and providing a pool fence during their stay, whether short or long term.
We may often think of babies and toddlers when we hear baby proofing or child proofing, we cannot discount the amount of accidental injuries that occur with kids up to 14 years old. More than 1/3 of these accidental injuries happen at home.
While a temporary house is just that; it can still have all the comforts of home.
For our claims adjusters: On your next loss of use claim assignment, communicate with CRS of extra needs for your insureds.
For our insurance homeowner customers: We want to ensure that your stay is a comfortable one. Inform your CRS Customer Care Specialist of special requests or needs right away.