Garage and Family Car
- When travelling, always keep your baby securely strapped into a baby car seat.
- If you have to leave the car, take the baby with you instead of leaving them alone even for a short period of time.
- In general, keep the baby away from the garage, especially those with tools and machinery that could be dangerous.
- Keep garage door openers well out of reach of young children.
- Toxic substances including pesticides and other chemicals should be either locked or placed on high shelves.
- Use a stable high chair with a well-fitting seat belt when feeding babies or young children at the table.
- Use your wrist to check the temperature of formula or other warm drinks that are given to children.
- Remove any sharp or pointy objects, such as forks, knifes or chopsticks.
- Keep breakable items and toxic cleaning supplies locked or out of reach.
- Store plastic bags safely and don�۪t allow babies or children to play with them.
Bedroom and Nursery
- When cleaning a baby on the changing table, never leave them unattended.
- Keep hanging mobiles and small toys well out of reach.
- Avoid suffocation risks by keeping pillows and soft toys out of the crib.
- Blankets, sheets, and other bedding, as well as clothes should be flame resistant.
- Don�۪t leave food or medication within reach of the baby, especially when they are unattended.
- Always stay with your child while they are in the bathtub, or at least have a trusted family member to supervise bath time.
- Touch the water and make sure the temperature is suitable for your child before immersing them.
- Use a children�۪s toilet seat on top of the toilet and keep the lid closed at other times.
- Keep medicines as well as soaps and shampoos in high or childproof cabinets.
- Install rubber bath mats or adhesive grip panels on the bathtub floor so that children don�۪t accidentally slip or fall.
Around the Entire House
- Install window guards on all windows, even in rooms that the child might not enter.
- The mesh netting around the play area should be fine enough so that babies would not be able to poke their fingers or wrists through it.
- Use grip material or tape to secure rugs to the floor and prevent slipping.
- Install safety gates near staircases and the kitchen to prevent kids from wandering or falling.
- Maintain clean air quality by eliminating smoke, mold and other air-borne substances.
- Prevent kids from eating plants or soil by keeping houseplants on high ledges or outdoors.
- Any spills should be cleaned and dried right away.
- When the baby is playing with other infants or animals, make sure that an adult is always supervising.
- Any flammable materials, including lighter fluid and matches should be kept locked in a safe place.
- Use safety covers to seal off electrical outlets from small children.
- Monitor any deteriorating paint on walls and repair or repaint it when necessary. Paint chips and debris should be cleaned off the floor immediately.
- Equip the house with smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in all main areas.
- Bookshelves, as well as other types of cabinetry should be properly secured, without small or breakable objects on the lower levels.
- Cover heaters and fireplaces with ventilated guards to avoid accidental burns.
- All furniture and cabinets should have rounded covers on the corners.
- Preventing Accidents at Home ��� Learn how common items can cause harm to children and infants, and use a series of safety checklists to cover the entire house.
- How to Childproof a Home ��� From toys to magnets and water temperature, this guide covers the finer points of childproofing indoors.
- Simple Childproofing Tips ��� Review the basics of eliminating dangers to young children around the home.
- Dangerous Home Hazards ��� Find out how to safeguard kids from falls, water hazards, poison, fire, choking, pets and night-time risks.
- Age-Specific Safety Pointers ��� Choose the age of your child and review the home safety tips that are appropriate for them.
- Helpful Home Precautions ��� Help kids to understand their role in avoiding physical risks at home by using designated stickers to mark dangerous products.
- Maintaining a Safe Nursery ��� From the paint on the walls to carpeting and cribs, learn how to recognize and eliminate hidden risks to babies.
- Childproofing a Crib ��� Read an in-depth guide on choosing a baby-friendly crib, including information on slats, mattress, wood and posts.
- Bathroom Safety Tips ��� Anti-skid rugs, anti-scalding fittings on showers and taps and locked cabinets are some ideas of ensuring a safe bathroom for infants.
- Safety Devices ��� Find out about some of the most useful and popular safety devices to help ensure your child�۪s safety at home.
by: Bruce Tucker