House Doctors Urges Families to Re-evaluate Baby-Proofing During Child Safety Awareness Month

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November is Child Safety Protection Month and it’s the perfect time for families to reevaluate their homes and take necessary steps to make sure they're a safe place for children.

Jim Hunter

Bringing in a third party like House Doctors to add safety features such as installing gates on your stairs or adding locks to your cabinets can help ensure your children are safe from everyday household dangers.

November is Child Safety Protection Month and it’s the perfect time for families to reevaluate their homes and take necessary steps to make sure every home is a safe place for children. And, if parents or caregivers find that a home has hazards that need fixing, House Doctors is here to help.

"Child Safety Protection Month is the perfect time of year to take a long look at your home and reevaluate what dangers need addressed. Most of us baby-proof our homes when our kids are born, but as they grow, the dangers change. Bringing in a third party like House Doctors to add safety features such as installing gates on your stairs or adding locks to your cabinets can help ensure your children are safe from everyday household dangers,” House Doctors President and CEO Jim Hunter said.

In addition to installing cabinet locks, stair gates and baby gates, House Doctors can point out and remedy other home safety concerns such unsecured furniture, accessible wires and blind pulls, insecurely mounted televisions and much more. Ken Benedetto, owner of House Doctors of Scotch Plains, said bringing in a professional to help with baby-proofing is better than relying on family or friends because of House Doctors' objective approach to making sure homes are safe. Benedetto has one young child with another on the way.

“Experienced family members and friends will always have your little one’s interest at heart, but they also tend to tread lightly. Once your child starts to be mobile – especially around the time they’re one year old – you have to look around your home and think about what they could get into. Our experienced professionals understand what it takes to baby-proof a home and how to properly install all of the equipment, like baby gates and furniture mounts, and can work with you to make sure your home is ready,” Benedetto said.

Benedetto added that his team, and other House Doctors technicians throughout the country, can work with families with challenging home layouts to find ways to protect little ones.

Tom Larsen, the owner of House Doctors of Northern VA, said Child Safety Protection Month is also a great opportunity for people to think about the things kids can get into that may not require locks or gates.

“Even if your home is ‘child safe’ from many obvious things, this is the perfect time of year to think about the less obvious issues like making sure you don’t have toxic plants in reach, doors are latched, the hot water setting on your water heater isn’t too hot and generally making sure hazardous things – like cleaners and medicines – aren’t left out where children can reach,” Larsen said. “And, if you do come across repairs that need to be made, gates that need installed or other projects that could use professional attention, House Doctors is here to help,” Larsen said.

Of course all of these tips aren’t just for parents, but for anyone with small children in their home – like grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends.

“It’s a good idea to bring in a professional because, in many situations, either you haven’t had children in the home for a while or you don’t have that experience yet. Our technicians have many years of experience with home renovations and handyman repairs, so making sure your home is safe for children is something we can definitely help with,” Benedetto said.

In addition to the baby-proofing services, House Doctors’ experienced, insured, background checked and uniformed technicians specialize in repairs for carpentry, sheetrock, windows, doors, floors, minor electrical and minor plumbing, as well as interior and exterior home maintenance services, and remodeling projects. House Doctors’ friendly and experienced craftsmen and technicians – employed at franchises throughout the country – are committed to providing an excellent customer experience by being on time, doing the job right and guaranteeing the work for one year.

“Whether you're making sure your home is safe for your kids or checking off that 'honey do' list, House Doctors is here to help,” Hunter said.

For more information on House Doctors or to find a location near you, call 888-HOUSE-DOC or visit http://housedoctors.com.

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