How to Childproof Your Laundry Room
What’s the best way to childproof your laundry room? Our expert weighs in.
You know the obvious places to childproof your home: the kitchen, bathroom, garage. You protect kids by securing furniture so it doesn’t tip over, install safety gates for stairways, latch and lock cabinets and doors.
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But don’t forget the laundry room. There are lots of appealing objects in there for little kids to play with — or even try to eat.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends storing all laundry products in original packaging, with their labels intact, in a high locked cabinet — NOT on top of the washer and dryer. I agree.
Here are a few specific steps I recommend taking to childproof your laundry room:
I’d especially emphasize making sure those new detergent pods are out of reach if you use them. They’re convenient, but very dangerous in the hands of a child, who can mistake them for candy.
The pods are colorful and attractive and a baby or toddler — or a child of any age — is going to look at them and think, “Hey, that looks like a gummy something.” If there’s an opportunity for your child to pop one in his mouth it can become a life-threatening situation.
Remember: Treat the laundry room as you would any area where you keep pesticides or other chemicals. Keep all laundry products out of reach of little hands.