Keep your children safe while you’re working at home with these ten tips from Rob Maxwell on how to childproof your home office.
One of the benefits of having a home office is that you’re at home. You’re available for your kids when they need you. When you’re the parent of a small child working at home in your home office can be a challenge. Not only do smaller children need more attention than older children, those smaller children are more likely to get into things.
Just like you childproof your home, you’re going to need to spend some time childproofing your office. Below are some tips on protecting your child from the dangers of your home office (and protecting your home office from your child).
10 Tips For A Childproof Home Office
1. Keep Small Items Out of Reach
Sweat the small stuff. More to the point, put the small stuff out of reach. Everything from paper clips to staples and other office supplies can be a danger to your child. If you have a toddler, you’ll need to consider putting these small items into a locked desk drawer or somewhere else where she can’t get them.
2. Beware of Hazardous Materials
Some office supplies that might have fumes can be dangerous, like paint thinner or even glue. Know what your child can reach and secure that area.
3. Watch Out For Large Items On Your Desk
Toddlers like to pull themselves up and pull things down. If you have a printer sitting on the edge of your desk, for example, it wouldn’t take much for him to get a hold of the power cord and pull it down, injuring him and/or destroying the printer. If it can topple over, don’t put it within your child’s reach.
4. Secure Your Cords & Loose Wires
Secure all of your cords. This raises another important area for childproofing your home office – loose wires. Loose wires and cables are a danger to your child. There are a number of solutions you can implement to get them out of the way and minimize the risk:
- Use cable management products that allow you to feed your cables through a secure outer protective container
- Group cables together using zip ties
- Any cord that dangles near the floor can be a tripping hazard
- Curtains or drapes
- Cordless blinds
- If you’re going to use blinds, go ahead and secure the cords so that your child can’t get to them
- Door knob covers
- Safety gates or playpens
- Latches to secure all windows
Follow these tips and you’ll keep your child safe from the dangers posed by your office – and keep your office safe from the dangers posed by your child.
[About the author: Rob Maxwell is Social Media Coordinator at Starfine Furniture, a leading provider of home office furniture in Galveston, TX. Their furniture store prides itself for hand selecting everything in the store, from bedroom furniture to office desks.]
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