To prevent poisoning, lock away all vitamins and medicines.
Install toilet-lid locks to prevent drowning.
Lower the household water temperature.
Always test the water first before bathing a child.
Make sure bathtubs and showers aren’t slippery.
Use electrical appliances carefully.
Install ground-fault circuit interrupters on outlets near sinks and bathtubs. Never leave a young child alone in the bathroom.
Childproofing the kitchen:
Keep knives, cleaning supplies, and plastic bags out of children’s reach.
To avoid fires and burns, never leave cooking food unattended.
If stove knobs are easily accessible to children, use protective covers to prevent kids from turning them.
Teach your kids how to respond to fire.
When they’re not in use, unplug electrical appliances.
Replace any frayed cords and wires.
Keep chairs and step stools away from counters and the stove.
Keep activated charcoal (helps absorb some poisons) and syrup of ipecac (used to induce vomiting) on hand. Beware of foods that children can choke on.
Childproofing your yard:
Store tools, garden, and lawn-care equipment and supplies in a locked closet or shed. Don’t use a power mower to cut the lawn when young children are around. Don’t allow children to play on a treated lawn for at least 48 hours following an application of a fertilizer or a pesticide. Know the types of trees on the property in the event children ingest berries, leaves, or other plant life.
If you have a swimming pool, install a fence (with an automatic childproof gate) that separates the house from the pool.
When you barbecue outdoors, never leave kids unattended around the grill.
Store propane grills where children cannot reach the knobs.
Other resources for childproofing your home:
To find outlet covers, cord shorteners, cabinet latches, toilet-lid locks, and other childproofing products check with your local hardware store.