How To Childproof Your Move

imagesMoving itself can be a harrowing experience, especially when there are children involved. Accidents are prone to happen with boxes and moving parts. Keeping children safe during a move is a necessity. Prioritize a successful move with creating a safe environment by following these tips below to childproof your move.

Items of Mass Destruction

Often when moving, knives, box cutters and razor blades are left out in the open exposing your children to unnecessary danger. Keep all sharp items away from your child’s reach but readily accessible for you on a shelf in a box. Many toddlers make visits to the emergency room each year after swallowing tacks or metal staples. Be sure to keep these off the floor and away from little hands. Another dangerous substance often used while moving are toxic cleaning supplies. Keep cleaning products away from children by placing in an overhead cabinet, or a lower locked cabinet.

Lockdown

Children are curious, and with curiosity comes exploration.  When in a new environment, children will naturally explore and be more inquisitive than usual. When both parents are entrenched with unpacking boxes and setting up a new home, children are often left unsupervised. Until the house is properly checked for safety issues, keep children in one room at a time. Place a baby gate at the door, and let them play in one room with a few favorite toys. Check each room beforehand for sharp objects, open windows or uncovered outlets if you have young ones.

Childproof Your Home

When you move into your new home, make it a priority to childproof it first. Inspect each room. Check dangling cords from blinds and tie out of reach. Wind ups can be purchased to shorten the cords and keep them tidy. Baby Center recommends using window coverings without cords for a safer option. Close and lock all windows on second floors to ensure that children do not fall out. Parents magazine suggests installing guards on all windows that only allows them to be opened 3 inches.

Moving Heavy Items

Ideally, while moving the boxes in or out of the house, children should not be underfoot. Put them aside in a room or have a friend take them out of the house. Take special consideration when stacking boxes. Place large or heavy items on the bottom. Baby Center recommends mounting the TV and any other large items close to wall as possible to prevent accidents.

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How To Dispose of Hazardous Materials When Moving

images-1Ideally,when you move everything you own would be neatly packed in boxes, transported and unpacked for you. While this happens with the majority of personal items, there are lists of items considered hazardous that cannot be packed or moved. Hazardous items include unsuspecting items such as aerosol cans, paint thinner, hair spray, batteries and even fire extinguishers to name a few. If you cannot dispose of an item in the regular trash can, movers won’t be able to move it. Learn which items cannot be packed before moving, and how to dispose of them properly.

 

Explosives

It goes without saying a professional moving company won’t move explosive materials. However, what is considered explosive may be alarming. In fact, anything that can be considered a propellant with ignitable gases, including butane and propane. This even includes aerosol cans as pressurizers and can lead to serious safety hazards. According to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, an aerosol partially full should be disposed of as a household hazardous waste. If the aerosol can has been punctured and drained of its contents, or is empty, it meets the definition of scrap metal and could then be recycled.

Flammable Items

Flammable items are solid or liquid wastes that pose a fire threat with a potential to ignite by friction or heat. This includes kerosene, matches, charcoal, lighter fluid and paint remover. These hazardous household wastes can be disposed of properly by taking them to a local waste collection facility, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Contact your city to find the closest disposal company in your jurisdiction. Power equipment with fuel is considered flammable, but once emptied properly, is safe to move. Motorcycles, lawn mowers and any other item with a gas tank must be drained of fuel at least 24 hours before loading.

Corrosives

Muriatic acid, nitric acid and battery acid are corrosives. The only batteries movers will handle are non spillable gel-type. When disposing of corrosive materials, try to use it up first, or give to someone. Take to a household hazardous waste collection program in your city for proper disposal.

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