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Proofing and Safety Tips
Here is a list of suggestions for
you when safeguarding your home and yard for baby. Always have adult supervision for your
child. Try getting down on your hands and knees and think like a child to see what other
safety precautions you can take in your home.
Keep pillows, stuffed animals and fluffy blankets out of the crib to avoid
your baby to sleep on his back, this is said to reduce the risk of SIDS.
sure that playpens and cribs meet government standards.
leave your baby on the couch unattended.
outlets free and clear of any curtains or bedding.
use the seatbelt and assure that it is snug when your baby is in a swing or bouncy chair.
that your water heater is set to 120°F (49°C) or less.
child resistant outlet covers on all your outlets.
hair dryers, electric razors, etc. in a locked cupboard and away from electrical outlets.
lock away matches and lighters.
any small toys or objects, such as coins and buttons out of your infants reach.
soon as your baby can touch the mobiles in the crib, remove them.
any cords on blinds so that they are not looped or long, and never place a crib or bed by
your toy boxes. Remove lids or be sure that there is ventilation if your baby can get
the names of your house and garden plants. Many plants are poisonous or can cause diarrhea
mounted gates at the top and bottom of all stairs.
use the old style accordion gates. These are dangerous as baby can get caught and/or
coffee tables with sharp corners or cover the corners with padding.
any shelving units to the wall so they cant fall on your child if pulled on.
all cleaning supplies, medications, alcohol, and vitamins locked in an upper cabinet.
leave the iron on the ironing board.
any loose rugs or mats with foam or tape.
sure to keep the bathroom door closed and the toilet seat cover down. Install a seat cover
non-skid mats in the tub.
a rubber bottom mat on the bathroom floor.
leave your child unattended in the bathtub, not even for a second.
child proof latches on all cupboards and drawers that contain knives, tools, cutlery,
heavy tin cans, cleaners, kitchen utensils, toothpaste, vitamins or medicine.
unbreakable dishes for your baby/child's meals and snacks.
anything that you child can climb on away from stoves and counters in the kitchen.
a fire extinguisher in the kitchen.
sure that you have working smoke alarms on every floor of your home.
on the back elements whenever possible and always keep pot handles turned in.
guards on the element and oven controls.
your child out of the kitchen or in a playpen or highchair while you are cooking and
not use tablecloths that a child can grab and pull off of the table.
furniture away from windows.
that your windows and screens are in good repair and that you child cannot push out of the
We list child related safety recalls on site, or use the
links to visit CPSC for a full listing.
Poisonous Plants / Common Names
An extensive list of poisonous plants. Each plant has a link with a description.
Reducing the risk of SIDS
A list of risk factors from the SIDS network.
Child Appliance Safety Practices
SafetyAlert.com offers some tips on teaching young children to safely use common household
appliances, such as the dishwasher, microwave, washer and dryer.