Baby Safety

from www.buzzle.com

General Safety Tips
1
___ Place child-resistant covers on all electrical outlets.
2
___ Install safety gates at the top and bottom of the stairs.
3
___ Don't use baby walkers because they have been known to have caused serious injuries to babies. Use stationary exercisers instead.
4
___ Keep all dangerous chemicals out of the reach of children.
5
___ Shorten curtain and blind cords.
6
___ Install smoke detectors on each floor of your home, especially near sleeping areas. * Be sure to change the batteries each year.
7
___ Keep all small objects away from young children. (This includes tiny toys and balloons.)
8
___ Use corner bumpers on furniture and fireplace-hearth edges.
9
___ Know the names of all plants in case a child eats one of them.
10
___ Be sure that furnaces, fireplaces, wood-burning stoves, space heaters, and all gas appliances are vented properly.
11
___ Place screened barriers around fireplaces, radiators, and portable space heaters.
12
___ Keep firearms and ammunition safely locked away.
13
___ Secure unsteady furnishings.
14
___ Check your house for lead and asbestos. If you detect either of these substances, contact a professional. Any house built before 1978 is at risk for lead paint.
Protect your kids rooms
1
___ Ensure that your crib meets national safety standards.
2
___ Place guards on windows and stops on all doors.
3
___ Make sure your baby's crib is sturdy and has no loose or missing hardware.
4
___ Make sure that the mattress fits snugly.
5
___ Be sure the crib sheet fits snugly.
6
___ Never put stuffed animals or heavy blankets in the crib with your infant.
7
___ Never leave your baby unattended on the changing table.
8
___ Remove mobiles and other hanging toys from the crib as soon as your child can reach up and touch them.
9
___ Place infants under one year of age on their backs to sleep. Mattress should be firm and flat with no soft bedding underneath. * Following this advice will reduce the risk of suffocation and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
10
___ Place night-lights at least three feet away from the crib, bedding, and draperies to prevent fires.
11
___ Check age labels for appropriate toys.
Keep the bathroom safe
1
___ Put a lock on the medicine cabinet.
2
___ Lower the household water temperature. (It should be set at 120 degrees F or below to avoid burning your baby)
3
___ Always test the water first before bathing a child.
4
___ Never leave your child alone in the bathtub or near any water.
5
___ Secure toilet lids. Many young children are fascinated by putting objects inside.
6
___ Make sure that bathtubs and showers aren't slippery.
7
___ Install ground-fault circuit interrupters on outlets near sings and bathtubs.
For the Kitchen
1
___ Keep all knives, cleaning supplies, and plastic bags out of children's reach.
2
___ If stove knobs are easily accessible to children, use protective covers to prevent kids from turning them.
3
___ Never leave your baby alone in a highchair. Always use all safety straps.
4
___ Replace any frayed cords and wires.
5
___ Keep chairs and step stools away from counters and the stove.
6
___ Remove all household cleaners from the bottom cabinets or put them in a cabinet that is out of your baby's reach.
In the Yard
1
___ Store tools, garden, lawn-equipment, and supplies in a locked closet or shed.
2
___ Don't use a power mower when young children are around.
3
___ Don't allow children to play on a treated lawn for at least 48 hours following an application of a fertilizer or pesticide.
4
___ Know the types of trees and plant life on the property in case children ingest berries, leaves, or other plant life.
5
___ If you have a swimming pool, install a fence that separates the house from the pool. ( Make sure that the gate is childproof)
Created by Explorer. This checklist is public.
blog comments powered by Disqus