|General Safety Tips||
Older or hand-me-down cribs can be dangerous, have them checked.
Install a gate at the top and bottom of the stairs.
Lock dangerous and household chemicals out of reach
Install cabinet latches. Children can use drawers as stepping stools.
Use toilet lid locks. A baby can drown in just 2" of water.
Never leave a child alone in the bathtub.
Hearth guards and edge bumpers help prevent head injuries.
Window blind cords are a strangulation hazard
Use outlet cords. Keep electrical appliances away from water. Install GFI outlets in rooms where water or moisture is present.
Water temperature above 120 degrees is a scalding hazard. Test bath water with the back of your hand.
Safeguard windows and railings. Balusters more than 3" apart are a danger for small children.
Don't warm baby bottles in the microwave. Pockets of scalding liquid can be present.
Install smoke detectors, check them monthly. Change batteries once a year.
Test the stability of tall furniture, bookshelves and floor lamps.
Keep choking food from children: grapes, peanuts, hot dogs, raw carrots and hard candy.
Have layers of protection around backyard pools including adult supervision, locking access door to pool area, door alarm and a complete pool fencing system
For more safety tips click on the link to read the article "Child Proofing Basics" in The Expectant Mothers Guide written by Patrick Kinyon, owner of Home Safe Home Childproofing.