Here are some things to consider doing. Some items may not be applicable to you.

Residence: Childproofing

  • Consider hiring a company to help you childproof
  • Get down on your hands and knees to help detect hazards which children can get to
  • Place gates at top and bottom of all stairs
  • Install childproof latches on appropriate cabinets, drawers, etc.
  • Put following out of reach of children:

    • Hazardous materials, breakable objects, rope, string, etc.
  • Place night lights where necessary to prevent falls

  • Place outlet covers on all empty electrical outlets which children can reach (ensure the covers do not pose a choking hazard)
  • Tuck electrical cords out of the way
  • Unplug appliances and cords when not in use
  • Shorten drape and blind cords and/or cut off the knot at the end
  • Install window guards and/or locks
  • Install gates at top and bottom of stairs
  • Lower hot water heater temperature to less than 130¬?F
  • Store medicines in childproof containers
  • Lock appropriate cabinets and drawers
  • Place rubber mats in bathtub and shower
  • Turn pot handles on stove away from front

If your residence was built in 1978 or earlier:

  • Determine if there is a hazard to children from lead paint (use of lead paint was restricted in 1978)

Kitchen:

  • Put following out of reach of children:
    • Plastic bags
    • Dishwashing liquid
    • Cleaning fluids
    • Hot liquids
    • Knives

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