Home Safety Tips

Posted by: Tom Treanor on August, 25, 2011

1. Poisons or toxic materials should not be under the sink. Place them high up out of baby’s reach. Rinse all Poisonous and cleaning containers before discarding. A drop of some liquids can cause serious injury.

2. Install latches on all drawers and cabinets which may contain items that can harm baby anywhere in your home, such as the kitchen and bathrooms.

3. Cover electrical outlets to prevent access by baby. Beware,”push in” outlet tabs can be removed by children and a baby can choke on them.

4. Place gates at staircases and doorways to prevent access and falls.

5. Install Plexiglas on stair and balcony railings where baby might squeeze through.

6. When cooking, all pot handles should be turned inward so baby cannot reach them, use back burners whenever possible. Also pots, pans and Tupperware should not be used as toys for children. They may try to pull pots off stoves when in use assuming they are toys.

7. Plastic bags can be hazardous. Dry cleaning bags, super market bags should be discarded and plastic trash can liners should not be used around babies. These items can cause suffocation also babies may tear small pieces off these items and choke.

8. Furniture with low shelves pr drawers should be secured to the wall. Babies may use shelves and drawers as a means for climbing and may pull large furniture down on top of them.

9. Tall lamps and coat racks can easily be pulled over onto baby or through windows. These items should be removed, secured to walls or blocked by furniture to prevent injury.

10. Do not take pills or medication in front of children, they mimic what they see.

11. Toothpaste with fluoride – If a child swallows more than a pea-sized amount it may cause harm to baby, contact a poison control center immediately or seek medical attention. Toothpaste should not be left on vanities or within reach of children.

12. All types of crib attachments, such as busy boxes and mirrors should be attached on the wall side of the crib. Children can use these items as a step and may fall from their cribs.

13. Turn your hot water heater down to 120 degrees or below to prevent scalding.

14. Pocketbooks and purses are not toys. Straps may choke babies, also pocketbooks may contain a number of small items that may be swallowed or are poisonous to children.

15. Toilet lids should be locked closed. Children can drown in just an inch of water.

16. Keep all trash containers locked and away from baby.

17. Tablecloths hanging over the edges of tables can be pulled and anything on top of them might come down on the baby.

18. Remove all soaps, razors and shampoos from around the edge of the bathtub.

19. Keep emergency phone numbers, including poison control center near all telephones.

20. And most important of all. NEVER LEAVE A BABY UNATTENDED. THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTE FOR SUPERVISION.

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