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.

Did you know?

Children living in poverty have a higher rate of injury than children of more substantial means, (Durkin 1994).

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