As LGBTQ+ parents, one of our most important jobs is to keep your children safe. One way to do this is by childproofing your home. Childproofing involves identifying potential hazards and taking steps to prevent accidents and injuries.

In this article, we’ll discuss some of the key areas to focus on when childproofing your home.

  1. Secure Cabinets and Drawers: Cabinets and drawers can be a source of danger for young children, who may be tempted to explore and play with items inside. To prevent accidents, use cabinet locks or latches to secure cabinets and drawers that contain hazardous items, such as cleaning supplies or sharp objects. Consider installing childproof locks on cabinets that contain medications or other potentially dangerous items.
  2. Install Safety Gates: Stairs and other areas of the home that pose a fall risk should be secured with safety gates. Use gates at the top and bottom of staircases, as well as in doorways leading to rooms or areas that are off-limits to children. Look for gates that are sturdy and easy to install and use.
  3. Cover Electrical Outlets: Electrical outlets can be a danger to young children, who may be curious about the small holes and try to insert objects into them. To prevent electrical shocks and burns, use outlet covers or plates that cover the entire outlet. Make sure that covers are securely in place and cannot be easily removed by small hands.
  4. Anchor Furniture: Tall or heavy furniture, such as bookcases and dressers, can tip over and cause serious injury to young children. To prevent tip-overs, anchor furniture to the wall using brackets or straps. Make sure that all furniture is stable and cannot be rocked or pushed over.
  5. Remove Small Objects: Small objects, such as coins, buttons, and small toys, can pose a choking hazard to young children. Keep small objects out of reach and make sure that older siblings also understand the importance of keeping small objects away from younger siblings.
  6. Install Window Guards: Windows can be a hazard for young children who may try to climb out or fall through open windows. Install window guards on all windows that are accessible to children. Window guards should be sturdy and have bars that are spaced no more than four inches apart.
  7. Test Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors: Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are essential for keeping your family safe in the event of a fire or carbon monoxide leak. Test detectors regularly to make sure that they are working properly and replace batteries as needed.

By following these tips, you can create a safe and secure environment for your children to grow and explore.

Remember, childproofing is an ongoing process, and you should continue to reassess and update your home’s safety measures as your children grow and develop new skills and abilities.

Jeff Hammerberg is a distinguished entrepreneur and broker, and the visionary founder of For over 25 years, he has been a prolific writer, coach, and author who has been instrumental in advancing the cause of fair, honest, and equitable representation for all members of the LGBTQ+ community in real estate matters., which he established, is the largest and longest-running gay real estate agent referral service in the nation, boasting over 3500 LGBTQ+ realtors who operate in cities across the United States, Canada and Mexico. His commitment to promoting inclusivity and accessibility in real estate has earned him a reputation as a passionate advocate for the LGBTQ+ community.