In the Family Room
- Use broad-based, non-wheeled carts and tables for televisions, fish tanks, and other equipment. Heavy items can topple over onto children.
- Secure bookcases, shelving, and heavy furniture with brackets to prevent them from falling over.
- Regularly test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms, replacing outdated batteries and alarms. Many alarms are designed for 10 years of use; check with the manufacturer if you are unsure about your alarm's effectiveness.
- Place heavy artwork and pictures out of reach and away from furniture to prevent children from climbing on furniture to pull them down.
Top Hidden Danger: Choking or tripping on television, DVD, and/or game console cables. Babies and toddlers can pull down electronics by their cords as well as chew on stray cords or pull on power plugs. Place cords behind furniture or purchase cable organizers to encase and protect cords from little hands. Use outlet covers for open sockets and protective covers for sockets with plugs.