How to childproof your heater

Once you've determined the dimensions of the heater and what style you want, you are ready to install the cover.

Little kids and babies sure can be cute. The way they smile, laugh and talk is just adorable. But, these little bundles of joy can be a handful, especially when they are just starting to walk. One of my nephews, James, gets into everything! I fondly remember when he got into the peanut butter. When his father and I walked into the room, it was smeared all over his little face!

But, although this instance was quite cute, it highlights the importance of childproofing your home, especially if little kids visit often. One appliance that can present a safety hazard if not childproofed is a heater. God forbid, any of our little nieces and nephews endure a painful burn! That's when I started to do a little internet research. I came across an article that gave some safety tips on how to keep curiosity from getting the best of small children.

The article said first, it was a good idea to consider purchasing a cover. Apparently, there are a wide variety of styles to choose from, like those made of steel, or even ones that are custom built to fit your heater that are stylish and designed to match the rest of your home decor.

After you have made a decision about what kind of cover you are want, measure your heater. That will help narrow down some styles that will be best. Of course, a cover that doesn't fit your appliance won't make it childproof.

Once you've determined the dimensions of the heater and what style you want, you are ready to install the cover. It is important to make sure the appliance is unplugged. After fitting the cover, make sure no screws are loose, as any flimsy parts won't keep little ones out.

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