There is no time like the present to perform a safety check during September, which brings common household risks and hazards to the forefront during Baby Safety Month. Below are simple, effective tips to keep your precious little ones out of harm’s way. A few smart, key moves on your part can keep everyone safe this month!
10 Quick, Simple Childproofing Tips for Parents of Toddlers
1. In light of recent events where a toddler was killed by falling out of the second story window of his home, use childproof window guards or keep windows locked. Yes, even first floor windows are a potential hazard for little ones. If the window can be opened more than approximately 4 inches, then it is unsafe and poses a risk to your child.
2. Dangling cords from blinds present a choking and strangulation hazard. Keep them out of children’s reach, and in addition, never position a baby’s crib or child’s bed near a window or blinds.
3. To keep curious fingers away, install locks on the inside of cabinet doors and drawers in the kitchen, bathroom, garage and laundry.
4. Place an oven lock on your stove so that it cannot be opened by tiny hands.
5. Yes, they may be unsightly, but place doorknob covers on doors so that toddlers cannot gain access to rooms they shouldn’t. A chain door guard can also be used on the front and back doors of the home to keep children safely inside the house and strangers outside.
6. Designate a place in your home for all hazardous substances, and keep them out of the reach of children in locked cabinets.
7. Sharp utensils, such as knives and kitchen shears should be kept out of reach of children, preferably in a high cabinet or drawer with accompanying cabinet drawer lock.
8. A fire extinguisher should be placed within reach in the kitchen, such as under the sink. Does yours work? When was the last time you checked?
9. Do not leave your child unattended while in the bathtub. When the bath is done, make sure to drain the tub completely, as a child can drown in as little as 2 inches of water.
10. Place outlet covers on each and every outlet that is not being used to keep curious fingers away from danger.
Most importantly, teach everyone in your family how to dial 911, and place a list of emergency numbers, such as the Poison Control Center, near the phone.
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