Babyproofing Your Home
Before your child begins to crawl, use this helpful checklist of household precautions to make your home a safe place for your growing baby.
Household Baby Hazards
- Electrical outlets: Hide behind furniture or cover with plastic caps.
- Electrical cords: Wrap up the slack and place them out of reach. Try hiding them behind furniture.
- Doors: Keep doors locked and make sure screens are locked and there are no holes or gaps.
- Tables: Cover sharp corners with homemade or store-bought corner guards.
- Curtains and blinds: Don’t let ties or cords dangle. Keep baby’s playpen or crib away.
- Floors: Keep floors clean and vacuumed. Small objects can end up in a small child’s mouth and cause choking.
- Windows: Use window guards on high floors. Make sure all windows are securely locked at all times.
- Furniture: Fix and repair all wobbly furniture and make sure all knobs are securely tight. Position furniture so that it can’t be pulled over, and keep dresser drawers closed.
- Walls: Make sure the paint in your house is lead free, especially if it was built before 1978. Call 1-800-LEAD-FYI to get a paint chip analyzed.
- Garbage: Secure garbage behind a latched door or make sure it has a tight secure lid.
- Other appliances: Install appropriate latches to any appliances in your little one’s reach.
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