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Tips for Childproofing Your Home (2)

Tips for Childproofing Your Home (2)

Childproofing your home’s bathroom:

  • Put a lock on the medicine cabinet.
  • 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.
  • For consumer-product and home-safety information, contact the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
  • For details about child and home safety, contact the National Safe Kids Campaign.
  • For information about child lead poisoning, read the “Lead Hazard Information” pamphlet from the department of Housing and Urban Development.
  • For information about safe drinking water, contact the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Water.