Home-based jobs offer many conveniences and advantages which attract a lot of parents nowadays. Apart from the valuable work you have is the fulfillment of your responsibility as a parent to your kids. Working at home, however, can be very challenging especially that both work and children can put up added responsibilities that may either affect your work or your children in an unfavorable way. Therefore, it is necessary to take steps that would keep you from worrying your child and your job. Child proofing your home office is a good solution to help you cope with situations that might put your children and your work at risk.
1. Workspace. Designate a working space. You must have a separate, safe, and secured room that would serve as your workplace. It must be separate so that your office tools will be kept in place inside your office while unnecessary equipment is kept somewhere else. Things must be placed where they should be placed so that everything will be in order. This is beneficial to both children and your work. If you have a limited space at home, look for a work area that is least to be visited by your child. This can help you concentrate with your work or focus on your child when you’re not working.
2. Computer. A stay-at-home parent basically works with the use of a computer or laptop. To avoid your computer from being pulled off or getting knocked off, it is necessary to use safety straps that will secure the whole computer equipment. Place your keyboard on top of your monitor to prevent damage. Putting covers in your monitor, keyboard, and printer, when not in use can also prevent your child from playing buttons and slots.
3. Electrical cords. All open electrical outlets should be shielded with outlet covers. Don’t leave electrical cords lying loose. Better yet, tuck them behind desks or file cabinets. You may use cord shorteners to secure them. Do not use extension wires if not necessary. Don’t forget to unplug unused equipment.
4. Tables and bookcases.Â Put some protective cushion or rubber corners on the edge of the table. For bookcases, you can have them secured by using tip-resistant furniture brackets to fasten them to the wall. This will put stability on the bookcase preventing it to tip over in case your child attempts to climb. But for guaranteed safety, never allow your child to climb up a bookcase or any tall wall furniture.
5. Locks. Consider file cabinets with locks. Keeping your drawers closed may not suffice so it is recommended to use locks. With this, you may feel secured to have your files kept in a safe place. Furthermore, things that might pinch your child’s fingers must be out of reach or placed in a locked drawer.
6. Answering machines. Put your telephone in an area that is high enough for your child. Your child cannot play with it so tampering is prevented. Make sure to have the cords secured by using cord gatherers.
7. Garbage can. Always provide a garbage can near your work area but make sure to cover it before you leave it. Your child might rummage through dangerous items such as staples, paper clips and sharpeners that may be found in your trash can. It is better to have it emptied before leaving the work area.