Parent's Safety Checklist
- Install working smoke detectors on each floor and in the basement.
- Install cabron monoxide detectors with audible alarms near sleeping areas.
- Check furnaces and fireplace flues with each seasonal change.
- Place fire extinguishers in all areas with open flames.
- Set the temperature of your hot water heater at 120 degrees or lower. Check with your management if you have no control.
- When cooking, keep handles on cookware turned inward.
- If you use a space heater, make sure it is unobstructed, and not used in the bedroom or nursery.
- Keep matches and lighters out of reach of children.
- Store household cleaners only in the original containers and out of reach of children.
- Use cabinet latches.
- Store chemicals our of reach of children.
- Many plants are toxic. Check with local poison control.
- Install child-proof latches on cabinets.
- Equip windows with stops to maintain small openings.
- No window opening should be wider than four inches.
- Make sure all rugs are slip proof.
- Do not use infant walkers with wheels. Think bouncers!
- Keep cribs and beds of small children away from windows.
- Cribs should have bars no more than 2-3/8 inches apart so that children should not be able to entrap their heads.
- Crib mattresses should be firm and snug fitting.
- Do not leave small children unattended in a tub or near any body of water.
- Make sure someone in your home knows C.P.R.
- Choose toy chests carefully. Heavy lids can fall and injure or trap a child.
- Keep hair dryer, curling irons and other electric appliances away from sinks, bathtubs and toilets.
- Use covers for electrical plugs less than three feet from the floor.
- Keep curling irons out of reach of small children.
- Keep power tools, yard tools and lawn mowers out of reach of small children.
- Automatic garage doors should have a mechanism to automatically re-open when striking an obstruction.
- Do not use latex balloons around small children.
Home Safety & Injury Prevention Links
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