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Childproofing Your Home

Parents often forget that accidents are always possible in the home. Many accidents that occur in the home can be prevented by employing the correct safety measures. There are a number of things that can be done before your baby arrives, before your baby crawls, and before your baby starts toddling and climbing. But the best device is still supervision. Nothing beats your eyes and your ears!

Some helpful tips include:

Around the House

  • Protect power points with covers
  • Check that ties on blinds and curtains are wall mounted, as they can be a choking hazard
  • Install gates and block access to stairs, laundry, kitchens, bathrooms, etc...
  • Prevent furniture from tipping by securing bookcases, shelving, and heavy furniture to walls with brackets and anchors
  • Cover all sharp furniture corners and hard edges with bumpers to soften any impact
  • Ensure you have a first aid kit and you know how to use it
  • Check your smoke alarms and fire extinguishers regularly
  • Place door stoppers on open door to prevent fingers getting jammed
  • Keep an eye out for tiny objects that your baby could choke on. Pick up any coins, clips and other small objects you find on the floor or in low drawers or cupboards.
  • Use doorknob covers to keep children away from rooms and other areas with hazards
  • Guard on banisters and railings if your child can fit through the rails
  • Stairways clear of tripping hazards, such as loose carpeting or toys
  • Place a list of emergency phone numbers near each phone in your home

Kitchen

  • Ensure adequate safety locks are on cupboards or drawers that hold poisonous or dangerous products, e.g. detergents, sprays, medications, cleaning products, etc...
  • Restrict access to oven or cook tops
  • Use the stove's back burners and turn pot handles toward the back of the stove to keep hot pots and pans out of reach of children.
  • Keep kitchenware and appliances out of reach and away from the edge of counters and tables.
  • Protect power points with covers
  • Knives, forks, scissors, and other sharp tools in a drawer with a childproof latch
  • Dishwasher lock so kids can't reach breakable dishes, knives, and other dangerous objects
  • Fridge magnets and other small objects must be out of reach

Bathroom

  • Never leave your baby unattended in the tub - even if they are in a ring or bath seat
  • Install a safety latch on your toilet lid
  • Don't leave buckets of water lying around unattended
  • Install anti-scalding devices on faucets to prevent burns
  • Bath thermometers or bath colour change stickers to indicate if water temperature is too hot
  • Never leave hair dryers, straighteners or electric shavers plugged in and sitting idle in bathrooms
  • Nonskid strips on the bottoms of bath tubs

Bedroom

  • Cot mattress firm and flat and no large gaps around the side of the mattress
  • Cot free of large soft pillows and large stuffed animals
  • Check that ties on blinds and curtains are wall mounted, as they can be a choking hazard
  • Prevent furniture from tipping by securing bookcases, shelving, and heavy furniture to walls with brackets and anchors
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