Most parents are very conscientious when it comes to ensuring that their home is kept safe for children. The addition of simple plastic latches on household cleaning supply cupboards and cabinets, electrical outlet covers and doorknob covers are all common inclusions in houses with small children. Unfortunately, many parents overlook another dangerous area in their home.
Where you store tools is an area that is filled with seemingly harmless inanimate objects, but they can become dangerous in the young hands. Simple tools like hammers, saws and drills should be locked in a centralized area to avoid children hazardously accessing them. Tool safety is something that can be easily taught to children under direct supervision, but their curious minds may seek to investigate further if the tools are left unsecured. By locating the tools in a centralized and locked location, parents are able to make sure that all the tools are safely accounted for.
Centralizing your tool storage in a tool cabinet or closet also builds an early tool-safety habit that will remain beneficial as a child grows older. Toddlers and small children may not readily distinguish between their toys and dangerous tools, which is why many parents lock tool areas.