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General Home Safe

THROUGHOUT THE HOUSE

  • Install smoke detectors throughout the house. Check batteries regularly, and replace them on the first day of the calendar and financial years.
  • Keep matches and lighters in a secure location out of children's reach.
  • Secure all cupboard doors with childproof locks.
  • Put a toilet lid lock on all toilets: toddlers find this water source endlessly fascinating, but they can easily fall into toilets and drown.
  • Lock medications and nutritional supplements in a fishing tackle box. The latch on a tackle box is very hard to open for little fingers but easy for adults.
  • Monitor floors for small or sharp objects such as coins, paper clips, staples, dust balls, as a baby will put these straight in her mouth.
  • Avoid using plastic liners in bins and wastebaskets in the house. Get rid of dry-cleaning plastic, latex balloons and supermarket plastic bags (now's the time to become more environmentally conscious and change to reuseable bags), as they are all potential choking hazards.
  • Buy non-slip socks with rubber onthe bottom for your baby when she starts to walk as smooth floor surfaces such as wood, tile or linoleum become dangerously slippery with ordinary socks.
  • Position TV's, VCR and DVD units, stereo systems and fans out of children's reach. Similarly with hanging cords, plait them together to ensure they cannot form a noose, or buy an electrical cord clamp to keep them out of reach.

  • Place houseplants on high shelves. Most plant soils contain chemicals that are poisonous to your child. In addition, remove all poisonous houseplants - if you're not sure what is posonous, take a cutting along to your local nursery and ask them to identify it for you.

  • Cover all electrical outlets with outlet covers, including outlets in use. A snap on cover allows parents easy access to plugs while keeping little hands away.
  • Explore your house on all fours, looking from the floor to a metre above it. View with the curiosity of a child empowered with newfound mobility. You'll find it's a totally different world down there, filled with potential hazards you never dreamed exited.If you are too far advance in your pregnancy to do this comfortably, take the tour a month or two after your baby is born, before they're mobile.

  • To keep small fingers safe, keep front loading VCR's and DVD players out of children's reach or secure the machines with a VCR/DVD lock.
  • Remove the coffee table before your baby starts learning to walk, as the low height makes it easy for her to bump her head, or fit them with thick bumper covers.
  • Install window guards on all windows. Do not rely on screens to keep children in. Never nail windows shut or partially open because the windows may be needed for exit in the event of a fire.
  • Wrap window shade cords high above a child's reach (including reaching from the sofa, crib or other potential climbing position) or install a blind cord adapter.
  • Place nonskid mats beneath area rugs.
  • To keep children from accidentally locking themselves in rooms, remove the door lock or place a towel over the tops of doors, or put door grippers at the base to prevent doors from closing completely.
  • Replace glass, if possible, with sturdier plexiglass in high traffic areas such as patio doors and doors with glass panes. Or cover the glass with clear contact paper, which reduces, but does not eliminate the risk. Decals stuck on glass will also help detect their existence.
  • Place all hook-and-eye latches high on your doors you don't want your child to go through - and use them.
  • Place all household chemicals in a high cupboard: cleaners, laundry detergents, bleach, shampoos and conditioners, cosmetics, washing-up detergents, air fresheners, pesticides, fluoride toothpastes.
  • Gate the top and bottom of stairs before your baby starts crawling. There is s large variety of gates available so make sure you pick the right size including width and height.
  • Screen heating devices (such as room heaters) so little fingers can't touch burning elements or grills.
  • Use extension cords wisely. Unplug them and put away when not in use. Stop using a frayed cord or ones that are hot or warm to the touch.
  • Perform routine maintenance on schedule, including chimney sweeping, checking heating devices to assure safe operations, and discarding unused chemicals throughout the house.
  • Remove or replace small drawer knobs or electronic equipment knobs (such as stereo dials) that curious young children may remove and ingest.
  • Pad sharp corners and edges of furniture with specially-designed, purpose-made bumper covers.
  • Check all freestanding furniture for stability, and either secure, remove or replace any pieces that could topple over if your baby uses them to pull herself upright. This includes not only light furniture, but heavier pieces such as bookcases, old-fashioned dressers, chest of drawers, TV stands, computer desks: if your toddler decided she wanted to climb to the top of any of these items, it's possible that they would tip over and trap her underneath.

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