A Safe Home

Babies and toddlers are small and curious. This causes them to get hurt more often than adults and older children. Here are some ways to help keep them safer:

Keep an Eye on Them

  • Watching your child and paying attention to what he or she is up to is the best way to keep them from getting hurt.

Child-proof your home

  • Cover all electrical outlets with plastic child-proof caps.
  • Place all medicine, household cleaners and other sharp and dangerous objects out of your baby’s reach.
  • Place any house plants out of your baby’s reach—some are poisonous.
  • Keep electrical cords and wires out of the way, so your child can’t trip on them, or pull on them.
  • Place safety gates at the top and bottom of stairs.
  • Place your baby’s bed away from windows.
  • Once you’ve child-proofed your home, get down to baby-level, crawl around, and look to see if you’ve missed anything.

Think Prevention, think safety

  • Put a few smoke detectors and a carbon monoxide detector in your home. Make sure there’s one near your sleeping area and on every level of your home.
  • Set your water heater below 120 degrees. Children can be burned more easily by hotter water.
  • Your baby’s bath should be warm to the touch (about 100 degrees, only slightly warmer than body temperature). Check the temperature by putting your wrist under the faucet or in the bath water.
  • Never leave your child alone in the bathtub, not even for a minute.
  • Keep toys or clothes with long strings or ribbons away from your child. They can wrap around his or her neck and choke.
  • Follow the safe sleeping ABC guidelines—your child should sleep Alone, on his or her Back, in a safe Crib.
  • Keep small objects that a child could choke on—like coins, rings, or hard candy off places your child can reach.
  • Don’t feed your child something that could easily get stuck in their throat, like popcorn, grapes, or small pieces of hotdog.

Be Prepared for an Emergency

  • Put your doctor’s phone number and the number for Poison Control (1-800-222-1222)
    into your phone.
  • Create a first aid kit for small cuts, bumps and bruises.
  • Learn how to perform CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver on children.
  • Keeping your baby safe is an important part of being a parent. With some planning and preparation, your home can be a safe place for your child to grow.

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