Childproofing you House
Experts say that children between the ages of 1 and 4
are more likely to be killed by fire, burns, drowning, choking,
poisoning, or falls than by a stranger's violence.
About 2.5 million children are injured or killed each year by dangers
right in their own home, according to the Consumer Product Safety
Commission (CPSC). That's why it's so important to carefully childproof
Toddlers are at an exciting age. They're learning so many new skills.
Suddenly (it seems), they are mobile: crawling, walking and running
around your home, exploring their environment, discovering something new
all the time. They seem to have boundless energy. Some days, it might
seem hard to keep up!
Making your home safe, though, requires you not only to keep up, but to
stay one step ahead of your child. With her discoveries come many new
dangers. Children ages 1 to 4 can reach and do many things they don't
yet have the judgment or skills to handle safely.
Tips on Childproofing your House:
Use covers on electrical outlets and latches on cabinets.
Set the temperature of your hot water heater to 120 degrees F to
prevent scalding burns.
Prevent poisoning by keeping household
cleaners, chemicals and medicines completely out of reach and always
store them in their original container and know your local
Poison Control Center
number (1-800-222-1222). Also, buy and use products with child
Make sure that used or hand-me-down equipment,
such as car seats, strollers, toys and cribs, etc., haven't been
recalled for safety reasons. Call the manufacturer or the Consumer
Product Safety Commission for an up-to-date list of
Use stair gates and window guards.
free environments for your children.
Remove mobiles from the crib and playpen once your child can stand.
Remove furniture with sharp edges or use soft guards.
Use nonskid backing on rugs and make sure carpets are securely
Remove breakables from low tables and shelves.
Remove small toys and other choking hazards from around your child.
Tie cords of blinds, curtains and appliances up out of reach or use
a blind cord wind-up device. Remove loops from blinds.
Do not carry hot liquids or food near your child and do not allow
your child near stoves, heaters or other hot appliances (especially
curling irons). When cooking, use the back burners and turn pot
drowning, empty all water from
bathtubs and pails, keep the door to the bathroom closed and never
leave your child alone near any container of water.
In the bathroom, use a lid lock on the toilet, a non-slip mat on the
tub floor and consider a cushion for the tub faucet.
Child proof the
swimming pool by enclosing it in a
fence with a self-closing and self-latching gate and never leave
your child alone in a swimming area, even if he is a good swimmer.
beds, remember that kids under age
6 years of age should not be allowed to sleep in the upper bunk.
Be cautious of certain dog breeds (Rottweiler, pit bull, German
shepherd) that account for over fifty percent of fatal dog bites and
closely supervise children when in the presence of animals.
If you must have a
in the home keep it and the bullets in a separate locked place.
Lock rooms (with a childproof lock or door
knob cover) that are not childproof and the exterior doors of your
house so that your child can't get out the front door or into the
garage, attic, or backyard without help.