Childproofing Your Home Childproofing your home is an ongoing

Childproofing Your Home Childproofing your home is an ongoing
Childproofing Your Home
Childproofing your home is an ongoing process and now is the time to begin!
Bedroom Safety:
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Always place your baby to sleep on his or her back.
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Do not smoke when holding infant.
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Use a crib made after 1992 and be sure the mattress fits snugly.
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Crib slats should be 2 3/8” apart or less.
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Put the mattress at its lowest level to prevent falls.
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Avoid putting pillows, soft bedding, or stuffed animals in a crib.
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If you use a playpen with mesh sides, the holes must be less than ¾” across.
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Use a safety belt on infant changing table.
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Nightlights should be at least three feet away from the crib.
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Post poison control and physician phone numbers on all phones.
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Use smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors on every level of your home.
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Never leave an infant unattended on changing table, bed, or bath.
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Keep blind cords, electrical cords and mobiles out of baby’s reach.
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Place a baby monitor in the nursery far from child’s reach.
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Anything that will fit inside an empty cardboard toilet roll is a choking hazard.
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Bathroom Safety:
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Set water heater to 120 degrees F or below.
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Babies can fall into a toilet head first and not be able to get out, so be sure to install toilet locks.
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Never leave a child unattended in or around water.
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Keep all electric appliances away from water sources.
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Put safety locks on all bathroom cabinets.
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Kitchen and Living Room Safety:
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Anything that will fit inside an empty cardboard toilet roll is a choking hazard.
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Shorten drapery and blind cords.
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Lock any potentially dangerous substance in a high cabinet. If you have to, keep them under the sink
and use a childproof lock on the cabinet doors.
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Know the names of all houseplants and keep out of child’s reach.
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Cover all unused electrical outlets with a child-resistant outlet cover.
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Place barriers around wood stoves, fireplaces, and portable space heaters.
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Do not place your baby in a walker with wheels.
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Keep appliance, drapery, and lamp cords short and protected.
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Doorknob covers will keep your child from getting into places when the doors are closed.
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Do not smoke in the home.
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Do not leave food and drinks out on the counters or tables where your child could get them.
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Anchor all dressers, tables, appliances that can topple onto child as a result of climbing or pulling.
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Mount safety gate at the top and bottom of stairs.
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Do not hang dish towels on the oven door, as baby can pull towel and bring the door down.
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Unplug all kitchen counter appliances and beware of leaving knives, scissors, coffee mugs on the
counter.
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Cover end tables, coffee tables, or low dressers with cushioning.
Garage Safety:
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Keep all paint, varnishes, and dangerous tools out of reach.
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Unplug all power tools after use.
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Keep all guns unloaded and in a locked cabinet.
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Take doors off old refrigerators and freezers.
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It is a good idea to have a few sets of EMERGENCY NUMBERS including Physician, Poison Control and Hospital. Some
suggestions as to where to put these numbers:
 On your refrigerator
 In your car.
 In your diaper bag.
 Give to family and friends.
 Near phones.
 Give to caregivers and neighbors.
For more information on creating a child safe home, visit the National Safe Kids campaign at www.safekids.org
The American Academy of Pediatrics also provides childproofing information at www.aap.org
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