Hot Objects: Matches can be hazardous if they get in the wrong hands. Many times, curiosity takes over and kids start playing with things they should not. So, make sure to put matches and any other flammable materials, such as candles, away and out of the reach of toddlers. Try a battery-driven candle instead. As for the fireplace, make sure to get heat-resistant gates and to remove any sharp fire tools from the area. Locking your fireplace is an extra step that will make all the difference in your child's safety.
Glass: Picture frames seem innocent enough, but if broken, the glass can be dangerous to small children. To avoid broken glass in your home, make sure photos are secured tightly to walls. Plastic picture frames are a great worry-free solution. This goes for glass dishwater in your kitchen as well. Try replacing glass kitchen ware with child-resistant plastic.
Heavy Objects: Heavy objects that can fall on a child must be secured and out of the way. For example, make sure your TV is mounted rather than loose on a stand. Also, put your heavy appliances, like a Kitchen Aid, away in their appropriate cabinets. This can even include any light weight furniture such as dressers, night stands and lamps. If it can tip over, make sure it's secured to the wall or hidden away.
Electrical Items: Prevent your child from getting electrocuted by taking the measures to hide power strips from view and cover your outlets. Also make sure that small electric items like a hairdryer are kept away from children. Not only could they get electrocuted, but the cords could cause strangulation.
Small Objects: Children love putting things in their mouths, so prevent temptation by removing small objects from their reach. This includes round objects, sharp pointed toys, balloons, crayons, loose change or anything with batteries that the child could take out and swallow.
Sharp Objects: Make sure to keep knives out of view. Rather than using a knife block, put knives in a locked or guarded drawer and make sure the sharp edge is pointed down. This same practice should be used when putting knives in the dishwasher.
Shopping Bags: Make sure plastic shopping bags are put away after putting away your groceries and make sure to not use a plastic bag as a wastebasket liner. If a child puts one of these bags over their head, they can easily suffocate.
Baby-Proof Your Furniture
Sharp Edges: All sharp edges must be covered. Especially low lying furniture such as a coffee table must be buffered so that a child does not walk into a corner and bump their head.
Cribs: Make sure your crib is clean of anything that could suffocate them and keeps them in. Stuffed animals should be moved and the mattress should be low enough so that your child does not have the ability to climb out.
Bath Time: It is a normal practice to wash your baby in the sink or tub when they are small. Make sure that the faucet is covered. This will prevent them from hitting their head on the hard metal object.
Doors: Prevent pinched fingers by putting guards on your doors. This will prevent doors from closing all the way and protect little fingers from being slammed.
Windows: Make sure that windows have guards. If a window does not have a guard, your child could get out and, if it's a high lying window, the child could drop from feet above the ground. Window coverings should not have cords. If a child accidentally gets tangled in the cord, there is risk of them being strangled.
Stove: Make sure to have guards on your stove. If a child is playing with the knobs, they could accidentally turn on the stove and burn themselves. Also keep in mind to cook on the back burners and keep handles pointed to the back. This will prevent children from walking near the stove and pulling down on pan handles that are hanging over the counter.
Oven: The oven should be locked at all times. An oven door can not only be dangerous if it hits a child's head, but an oven can is also hot and cause burns.
Refrigerator: Make sure your refrigerator is latched and secured. The door can be dangerous if swung open and certain foods in the fridge can cause choking.
Toilet Seat: Toilet seats should be latched to prevent a small child drowning. Also keep in mind that a toilet is the perfect height for a small child's head to bump, so take precautions to create a buffer zone around the toilet.
Dangerous Ingestible Items
Chemicals: Kitchens and bathrooms are hot spots for dangerous chemicals. Make sure drawers or cabinet doors to your cleaning products are locked. The dishwasher also must be locked, as this is a direct point of contact for detergent and sharp knives.
Pills: Make sure medicine is kept locked away. Not only are the small caps on the bottles small enough to choke on, but the pills themselves are toxic to children.
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