Home Safety Checklist l Install anti-scald devices, electrical outlet
Safe At Home Preventing Injuries
covers, and cabinet locks in your home. They are sold at home improvement stores.
l Install smoke detectors and carbon
monoxide detectors. Check them each month and change the batteries yearly.
l K eep matches and lighters out of sight and locked up.
hen giving your child a bath, never leave lW her unattended or have another child supervise her.
l K eep appliance cords out of reach.
l L ock up medicines, alcohol, cleaners, and anything else that can be poisonous to your child.
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How To Keep Your Child Safe At Home In the Living Room • Buy furniture straps to attach heavy pieces like bookcases and TVs to the wall. • Tie up loose electrical cords. • Don’t let your kids jump on the furniture. • Put covers on all electrical outlets.
In the Bathroom • Watch young kids at all times. Never leave them alone. • Set the hot water heater to 120 degrees. If you rent, ask the landlord to do it.
Throughout your Home
• Consider installing anti-scald devices on your faucets—a child’s skin burns at lower temperatures and more quickly than adult skin.
• I nstall smoke alarms and test them every month. Change their batteries every year.
• A lways check water temperature before putting your child in a bath.
• I nstall carbon monoxide detectors and test them every month.
In the Bedroom
• Keep children away from windows and stairs.
• Tie up blind cords and window curtains to keep them out of reach of kids.
In the Kitchen
• Keep small items away from children so they can’t choke on them.
• C ook with pots and pans on the back burners and turn their handles to the back of the stove. • Keep matches and lighters away from kids. • Lock up cleaners and other poisons. • Keep emergency numbers by the phone. • M ake the stove area a “Kid-Free Zone” by marking a three foot distance away from the stove on the floor. Use brightly-colored tape for this. • Never leave your child alone in the kitchen. • D o not hold child while cooking or when you’re carrying hot foods or liquids.
• Make sure the space between crib slats is smaller than a soda can. • Make sure that the crib’s corner posts are the same height as the end panels. • The best sleeping place for your baby is in his own crib in your bedroom. • Put your baby on her back to sleep. Don’t put her on her tummy or side—she could choke if she spits up. • Make sure there are no toys, bumpers, pillows, or blankets in the crib. The mattress should be firm and fit snugly in the crib.
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