Property Management Blog

Child Safety in Properties

Ironclad Property Management - Friday, April 21, 2023

As a landlord, ensuring child safety in your rental property is an important responsibility. Here are a few steps you can take to make your rental property safer for children:

  1. Install smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. Make sure they are in good working condition and check them regularly.
  2. Install window guards or secure windows to prevent falls. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that window guards be installed on all windows above the first floor in homes where children under 10 years old live.
  3. Cover electrical outlets with child-resistant covers. This can help prevent electrocution or other electrical accidents.
  4. Remove or secure any potentially hazardous items, such as cleaning products or sharp objects. Keep them out of reach of children or locked away in a cabinet.
  5. Ensure that any stairways are safe and secure. Stairways should have sturdy handrails and be well-lit.
  6. Consider installing child safety locks on cabinets, drawers, and doors that could be dangerous for children to access.
  7. Ensure that any playground equipment or outdoor areas are well-maintained and free from hazards.

It's important to remember that ensuring child safety is not only the right thing to do, it's also a legal requirement. Landlords have a duty to maintain safe living conditions for their tenants, and this includes providing a safe living environment for children. By taking these steps to make your rental property safer for children, you can help prevent accidents and keep your tenants happy and healthy.