?General Safety Tips: ___ Place child-resistant covers on all electrical outlets. ___ Install safety gates at the top and bottom of the stairs. ___ Don't use baby walkers because they have been known to have caused serious injuries to babies. Use stationary exercisers instead. ___ Keep all dangerous chemicals out of the reach of children. ___ Shorten curtain and blind cords. ___ Install smoke detectors on each floor of your home, especially near sleeping areas. * Be sure to change the batteries each year. ___ Keep all small objects away from young children. (This includes tiny toys and balloons.) ___ Use corner bumpers on furniture and fireplace-hearth edges. ___ Know the names of all plants in case a child eats one of them. ___ Be sure that furnaces, fireplaces, wood-burning stoves, space heaters, and all gas appliances are vented properly. ___ Place screened barriers around fireplaces, radiators, and portable space heaters. ___ Keep firearms and ammunition safely locked away. ___ Secure unsteady furnishings. ___ Check your house for lead and asbestos. If you detect either of these substances, contact a professional. Any house built before 1978 is at risk for lead paint. Protect your kids rooms: ___ Ensure that your crib meets national safety standards. ___ Place guards on windows and stops on all doors. ___ Make sure your baby's crib is sturdy and has no loose or missing hardware. ___ Make sure that the mattress fits snugly. ___ Be sure the crib sheet fits snugly. ___ Never put stuffed animals or heavy blankets in the crib with your infant. ___ Never leave your baby unattended on the changing table. ___ Remove mobiles and other hanging toys from the crib as soon as your child can reach up and touch them. ___ Place infants under one year of age on their backs to sleep. Mattress should be firm and flat with no soft bedding underneath. * Following this advice will reduce the risk of suffocation and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). ___ Place night-lights at least three feet away from the crib, bedding, and draperies to prevent fires. ___ Check age labels for appropriate toys. Keep the bathroom safe: ___ Put a lock on the medicine cabinet. ___ Lower the household water temperature. (It should be set at 120 degrees F or below to avoid burning your baby) ___ Always test the water first before bathing a child. ___ Never leave your child alone in the bathtub or near any water. ___ Secure toilet lids. Many young children are fascinated by putting objects inside. ___ Make sure that bathtubs and showers aren't slippery. ___ Install ground-fault circuit interrupters on outlets near sings and bathtubs. For the Kitchen: ___ Keep all knives, cleaning supplies, and plastic bags out of children's reach. ___ If stove knobs are easily accessible to children, use protective covers to prevent kids from turning them. ___ Never leave your baby alone in a highchair. Always use all safety straps. ___ Replace any frayed cords and wires. ___ Keep chairs and step stools away from counters and the stove. ___ Remove all household cleaners from the bottom cabinets or put them in a cabinet that is out of your baby's reach. In the Yard: ___ Store tools, garden, lawn-equipment, and supplies in a locked closet or shed. ___ Don't use a power mower when young children are around. ___ Don't allow children to play on a treated lawn for at least 48 hours following an application of a fertilizer or pesticide. ___ Know the types of trees and plant life on the property in case children ingest berries, leaves, or other plant life. ___ If you have a swimming pool, install a fence that separates the house from the pool. ( Make sure that the gate is childproof) This list is a general guide. For more in-depth information go to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission at About the author:-Did you find this article useful? For more useful tips and hints, points to ponder and keep in mind, techniques, and insights pertaining to Internet Business, do please browse for more information at our websites.