You want to make sure your home is safe for your children. The first thing you should do is get on your hands and knees and look around the room. What is within reach? What looks tempting? Where could you crawl and hide? Although the following tips can help make your environment safe, just remember that the best advice is supervision!
- Lock or stow away all potential poisons or other hazards (cleaning supplies, medicines, scissors, etc.).
- Look for tiny objects that may cause a child to choke. Watch when visitors come – be aware of items that may fall from pockets or purses.
- Bolt large items (TV, stands, dressers) to wall so they cannot tip.
- Remove cords from blinds and clothing to prevent your child from getting tangled. Keep electrical cords tied.
- Install outlet covers on all electrical outlets to protect against unwanted objects.
- Move furniture away from windows where a child may climb and reach the windowsill. Open windows from the top to let air in for circulation.
- Consider installing safety gates to block stairways and rooms such as kitchens and bathrooms.
- Keep hot beverages away from children. Make sure children are not near hot appliances.
- Make sure the crib conforms to current government safety standards (see website and number below). Keep cribs free from pillows, blankets, and stuffed animals. Remember “Back to Sleep” position for the baby.
- Always supervise bath time, swimming, and other water activities.
U.S. Consumer Product Information Safety Commission: 800-638-2772 or visit www.cpsc.gov
National Poison Control Number: 800-222-1222