Keep your little ones safe with this child safety refresher
8/7/2015 1:57 PM
Are you on top of your home’s safety status? Here are some guidelines for child-proofing your baby’s castle. Your main concerns should be electrical safety, fire safety and choking hazards.
The most serious risk for choking or strangulation occurs in the first year of life because of the baby’s sleep environment. Babies should sleep on their backs with nothing else in the crib. Use a tight-fitting mattress cover. Make a habit of looking for anything on the floor that is small enough to block a toddler’s airway; older siblings may pick them up and put them in the crib.
Keep electrical cords, window treatments and tie cords out of reach of your kids and don’t hang mobiles over the crib.
For children ages 1 to 4, fires and burns are the number one cause of injury or death. Smoke alarms wear out after 10 years, so be certain that yours are in working order with fresh batteries. Remember that fires can spread in less than 3 minutes, so you want to be aware of any accidents that happen down the hall.
Keep your water heater temperature under 120 degrees to minimize burn risk. Children and older people have thinner skin that is more vulnerable.
Be cautious about drinking hot beverages around kids. Use a covered mug and never put it on a table with a tablecloth on it since the cloth could get pulled. Avoid carrying a hot beverage while holding your baby and don’t place it on the stroller.
Use the stove’s back burners and turn pot handles out of reach of little hands. Create a kid-free zone that’s at least three feet away from the stove and teach children that the stove is a grown-up only area. Never leave a lit candle unattended.
Every year, about 2 million poison exposures occur in children under age 6.
Do you know what you have in your kitchen cabinets and garage? Check labels for signal words such as POISON, CAUTION or DANGER.
Keep items like cleaning products, drain openers, rodent treatment and anti-freeze out of reach. Store all medications and even vitamins up high.
Memorize the phone number for the 24-hour Poison Control hotline: 800.222.1222.