Proofing Your Home
are always getting up to mischief. And that's why it
is important that your home is child proof. Below is
a list of rooms and to make them save for your chid
to run about.
Install toilet locks. These locks will prevent the toilet
lid from being lifted by young children.
sharp utensils and appliances from the bathroom. Razors,
scissors, are better kept in an adult's bedroom or high
up in a cupboard out of children's reach.
all medications, cosmetics, and mouthwash safely out
of children's reach.
hot water heaters no higher than 120 degrees F. For
safe bathing, a lower water temperature will reduce
the chance of scalding your baby.
check bath water temperature with your wrist or elbow
before putting your baby in to bathe. This will prevent
burns to a baby's delicate skin.
a nonslip mat in the bathtub to prevent falls.
ever leave your baby alone in the bathtub, even for
leave any electrical appliances plugged in near water.
Since families spend plenty of time in the kitchen,
your child most likely will, too. Many dangers lurk
in the average kitchen. To keep your baby safe, take
the following steps.
store glasses and precious china in a lockable cabinet
or up high and out of reach.
knives and other sharp tools, such as electric mixer
blades, in latched drawers.
safety latches on draws and doors where dangerous items
leave anything on the edge of a bench or table. As your
child could easily pull it off.
the back rings on your cooker when cooking, but if you
can`t place the handles facing toward the back.
a fire extinguisher in the kitchen. But only attempt
to extinguish a fire if it's small and contained. Otherwise,
get your children out of the house and call the fire
department from a neighbor's home.
leave children unattended on furniture or in high chairs.
leave your baby alone in a highchair; always use all
safety straps. This will prevent injuries and deaths
from the baby climbing out, falling, or sliding under
household cleaning products, knives, matches, and plastic
bags away from children. This will prevent poisonings,
bleeding injuries, burns, and suffocation.
tablecloths should be secured to the table, so your
child cannot pull anything off onto him/herself.
rubbish bins locked, so that your baby does not have
access to them.
Electric sockets should be protected with safety covers.
windows locked to prevent your child from falling outside.
or shorten any cord that your child can reach. Cords
from blinds or drapes can cause strangulation.
you have glass doors either replace them with wooden
ones or have safety glass put in.
sure all furniture is secure, so your baby cannot pull
anything over on himself/herself.
cushioned corner and edge bumpers to the sharp corners
of a coffee table. You can also use them on fireplace
hearths to soften falls against a hard brick or metal
a fire guard around your fire. And never leave a baby/toddler
in a room with a fire on.
floors clean and vacuumed. Babies have an amazing sense
for small objects that end up in their mouth and could
and repair all wobbly furniture and make sure all knobs
are securely tight. Position furniture so that it can't
be pulled over.
Keep pillows out of the crib until your baby is over
a year old.
small jewelry, perfumes, belts, scarves, and ties all
out of reach from your baby.
lock a baby into a room.
sure closets can be opened from the inside, so that
your toddler doesn't get locked in.
allow your baby to sleep with a bib on.
older children's toys out of reach of your toddler.
windows should have safety latches on them.
Sockets should be protected with socket covers.
safety gates at the top and bottom of your stairs.
and stairs should always be well lit.
leave toys or other items on stairs.
let your baby play in a baby walker near stairs.
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