Safety Tips for Baby Proofing a Home

Safety Tips for Babies by www.SafetyKids.org:

Look at the world through your baby's eyes tsee what looks interesting and what can be reached. Get down on your hands and knees and check for small things your baby can choke on like coins and small toy parts.

Supervise your baby at all times. Don't rely on older siblings ttake care of your baby. Even older children don't recognize dangers at times and may not be able tprovide the best protection for your baby.

Safety Basics:

  • Have working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors inside all bedrooms, outside all sleeping areas and on every level of your home. Test alarms monthly and change batteries once a year.
  • Install stair gates at the top and bottom of stairs. Stair gates at the top must be attached tthe wall with hardware.
  • Secure furniture tthe wall tavoid tip overs (such as Safety Furniture Brackets).
  • Use cordless window coverings.
  • Install window guards on all windows above the first floor.

Keep these out of reach:

  • electrical cords
  • frayed or damaged cords
  • uncovered outlets ( Electrical Outlet Plugs )
  • plastic bags
  • matches
  • lighters
  • candles
  • fireplaces
  • space heaters
  • irons
  • guns
  • small objects (like jewelry, buttons, pins, paper clips, nails, stones, etc.)
  • Keep a first aid kit on hand. (Boo-BoRescue - First Aid Kit by Classy Kid)
  • Place emergency numbers and the poison control hotline, 1-800-222-1222, by every phone and in your cell phones.

Prevent Poisonings:

Babies have a slow digestion, sdangerous things in small amounts can be poisonous.

  • Lock up medicines, vitamins, cleaning products, pet food, alcohol, poisonous plants, and chemicals (like paint, gasoline, etc.) out of your baby's reach.
  • Read labels and follow directions when giving medicine tyour baby.
  • Use child-resistant caps.

Prevent Falls:

Falls from furniture (cribs, changing tables, highchairs, and strollers) are the most common type of falls in babies 3-11 months old.

  • Don't leave your baby unattended.
  • Keep one hand on your baby while changing diapers.
  • When your baby is in a carrier, place it on the floor and not on top of a table, washer, dryer or other piece of furniture.

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