Keeping your baby safe at home is challenging. Before long your child is crawling, standing and climbing. These are all normal behaviors for growing children. Like any loving parent, you want your baby safe and secure.

We highly suggest childproofing all areas of the nursery, kitchen, bathroom, and other areas of your residence. We recommend baby proofing your residence before the arrival of your child.

You should keep all your emergency numbers by kitchen and bedroom phones. Better if you program the emergency numbers into your phones. We recommend doing the same with all cell phones.

No two family residences are the same comes to specific hazards baby may face. Different families have different needs, but there are safety devices that no home be without. You can find many of these items at Home Depot and Lowe’s.

Fire Prevention:

Keep a fire extinguisher on hand. Make sure it is kept updated and serviced if needed. Always have a fire extinguisher in your kitchen and in your garage.

Keep night-lights away from curtains and bedding; use cool night lights that don’t get hot.

If you live in an apartment building, don’t make elevators part of your plan because they can easily malfunction or get trapped between floors.

If you live in a house that has two or more stories, buy a portable escape ladder that is lowered out a designated window. Make sure everyone knows where it is and how it works. Call your local fire department or volunteer rescue squad to schedule an in-home visit. Most communities offer fire-prevention training as a free service to residents or members. Firefighters can offer suggestions on creating the safest route possible in your home, while also checking your smoke alarms and fire extinguishers, and pointing out any potential fire hazards you hadn’t recognized.

Have a designated meeting place safe spot outside the house/apartment where everyone can gather and be accounted for.

Teach your children that if trapped in their room they should lie on the floor close to their bed. That is the first place firefighters will look for them. Remember smoke rises so the air will be a bit cleaner closer to the floor.

Smoke Detectors:

You should have at least one smoke detector in every bedroom, as well as in the adjacent hallway, and on every level of your home. Carefully follow the installation instructions and we recommend to check the batteries every six months.

Carbon Monoxide:

Install carbon monoxide (CO) detectors in your residence if you use gas, oil heat or have an attached garage. We recommend checking the batteries every six months.

Electrical Outlet Covers:

If your child sees you plug something in, he’ll want to try it, too. You don’t want him plugging in appliances by himself, and you definitely don’t want him sticking a fork or other metal object into the socket. Many young children have been electrocuted this way. Use sliding faceplate covers and not push-in caps, which are too easy or too difficult to remove and, when small, usually choking hazards.

If you need help in identifying and addressing the hazards in your home, consider consulting a child safety expert. A licensed professional can help you select and install the proper devices.

Childproof Latches for Doors, Drawers, Furniture, and Cupboards:

Put childproof locks on all cabinets containing poisons, glass, and sharp objects.

Any child who’s old enough to move from one place to another is old enough to open cabinets or escape through a door. Childproof latches are an easy, inexpensive way to prevent disaster.

Cover sharp furniture edges with padding or bumpers. Put non-slip pads under area rugs that don’t have non-slip backs.

Safety Gates:

A sturdy gate can keep your child away from just about any potential hazard, including stairs, an exposed heater, and a Christmas tree. Some gates made to fit in doorways, while fancier versions can expand to fit almost anywhere or around almost anything. Hardware-mounted gates are generally safer and more parent-friendly than pressure-mounted gates, which often cause more wall damage.

Car Seats:

From the ride home with your newborn safety is a concern. Best to have your car inspected before you buy a car seat.

Keep your child safe; choose a car seat suited to their age, height, and weight. There are three main types of car seats – infant car seats, convertible (infant/toddler) seats, and booster seats.

Infant car seats are for children who weigh about 22 pounds or less, though some go up to 35 pounds. Some babies outgrow their infant car seat by 6 months; others won’t need a new seat until their first birthday or later. A rear-facing infant car seat (suitable for babies up to 22 or even 35 pounds) will fit your baby snugly during the first year or so.

An infant car seat is smaller than a convertible car seat and often comes with a handle for easy carrying. Most standard-size strollers can accommodate an infant car seat – or consider a travel system, a ready-made car seat-and-stroller combination.

Since 2002, all infant car seats come equipped with bottom hooks or connectors for use in LATCH-equipped vehicles. Top tethers are not required for rear-facing infant car seats.

Toy Safety:

Toys are the treasures for a child. A parent needs to choose any toy with care. Some toys are hazardous?

Toys bear a “recommended age” sticker, which taken as a starting point in the selection process. The manufacturer is suggesting that this toy is age appropriate for your child. As a parent, you need to make sure that the toy is safe and proper for your child.

Each year the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) gives the annual report of thousands of toy-related injuries. Large percentage involved children under 5.

Guidelines:

1.) Is the toy suited to your child’s developmental?

2.) Is toy too heavy or big?

3.) Toy well put together.

4.) Is child physically ready for this particular toy?

5.) Toy in good condition, the toy has strings, cord or magnets.

In purchasing any toy, ask how safe toy is for my child? When it comes to toys with strings, cords and magnets always check with U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Many toys that have these items are a danger for children, especially young ones. Too many reported accidents and times deaths have occurred.


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