"How do I make my home safe for my child Bathroom safety Kitchen "
What should I do first? ● Bookshelves look like a jungle gym 4 ● Install a smoke detector on every 5 How do I First, don’t panic. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed thinking about all the to a toddler. Use L-brackets to secure large objects that can topple over level of the house and in every sleeping area. Test the detector twice make my trouble kids can get into. Fortunately, you can childproof your home in phases. You have time to plan and prepare. easily. a year and replace batteries when needed. Install carbon monoxide home safe First Phase—Newborn ● Install safety latches on cabinets 1 detectors if you have gas or oil heat or an attached garage. for my Newborns are vulnerable to the environment. and drawers to help deter curious crawlers. Automatic-closing latches ● Keep first-aid supplies on hand and 6 child? Heat, cold and germs are are more effective. learn infant CPR. serious dangers to consider at this phase. ● Keep a protective shield over oven 3 ● Use a bumper pad to prevent head 7 dials when not in use. injury and to prevent your baby’s If Murphy’s Law is arms or legs from getting caught in true, he must have ● Cordless phones are a handy 2 the crib rail. been a parent. Second Phase—Infant way for you to follow your If anything can go Infants begin to become child around the house. wrong, it will. mobile. They are crawling and much more danger- ● Place safety gates at tops and 3 Each year, about 21⁄2 ous to themselves. A new bottoms of stairs and in doorways. Fixed gates, that can be opened million children are level of awareness is required on the part of and closed with one hand, injured or killed by Mom and Dad. are safest. hazards in the home. Many of these hazards Third Phase—New Toddler can be prevented by Toddlers can not only sit up, they can stand up, using simple child too. Turn your back for a safety devices. Though second, and they’re down the hall, up the stairs the best childproofing or on top of the coffee is adult supervision, table...a whole new world of dangers. safety devices go a long way in keeping Fourth Phase—Active Toddler your child safe. And away they go! Active toddlers have complete mobility to go from room to room and floor to floor. ● Use cleats to keep dangling cords on 8 You need a complete line drapes and blinds out of reach. Install of defense to protect window guards so windows open wide your child from common enough for air flow, but not enough household hazards. for a child to climb or fall out. ● Install safety 3 ● Outlet covers for unused electrical 9 latches on toilets. outlets are a must. And make sure ● Use corner bumpers on sharp-edged 8 Automatic-closing they can’t be removed to become furniture to help prevent injury when latches are more effective. a choking hazard. your toddler falls. Bathroom safety Kitchen safety More accidents ● Keep all sharp objects and ● Avoid tablecloths and placemats. The cost to childproof a stan- electrical products out of reach. They—and their contents—can dard three-bedroom home occur in the bath- Find the Find the be pulled easily. could run approximately ● Put locks on toilet and cabinets. hidden dangers. hidden dangers. $694. room and kitchen ● Store bathroom cleaners in ● Use the back burners of a stove than in any other locked areas. when cooking. room in the house. ● Keep children out of the kitchen ● Place a non-slip mat on the floor and in the bathtub. when the oven is on. Set hot water heaters at Get on your hands and knees no more than 120 degrees and scope out the territory ● Store kitchen cleaners in locked ● Install a hook-and-eye lock high Fahrenheit and install from a baby’s point of view. up on the outside of the door. areas. anti-scald devices. See any open cupboards? Keep it latched when not in use. ● Place hot foods, sharp objects Sharp edges? Dangling cords? and electrical products out of Also, post a list of emergency ● Put a rubberized guard over the You may be surprised at reach. numbers next to each bathtub spout to protect your what you find. telephone. Program these child’s head. ● Move pet food and water to a different location. The food can numbers into your phone ● Keep all medications, vitamins, for complete flexibility. make-up and toiletries safely out be a choking hazard and the 38 of reach. water a drowning hazard. 39