Thursday, May 28, 2009

Childproofing checklist

I am happy to say that we are passed a lot of these things, but I did want to pass along a checklist on how to childproof your home. I confess, I did not do a lot of these things, I am sure I would if I had another, but why dwell on the past! :)

Are crib slats no more than 2 3/8 inches apart?
Does the crib mattress fit snug against the crib railing?
Are windows locked or blocked to keep children from falling out?
Are toddler gates properly installed and used?
Do you use doorknob covers and door locks to keep children out of closets or other areas that might pose risks? (Doorknob covers spin freely when a child tries to grip the knob, but adults and larger children can easily open the door.)
Are patio door locks installed on the upper frame of sliding doors?
Are extension cords kept out of sight?
Are plastic covers plugged into unused electrical outlets?
Do you have a home first aid kit?
Are toys free of loose parts, sharp edges, and long cords?
Have you secured the pull cord for blinds out of children's reach?
Do you have locking cabinets for matches, lighters, household cleaners, medicines, garden and lawn chemicals, auto chemicals, guns, rifles, etc?
Do you have the poison center phone number immediately available (1-800-222-1222)?
Is ammunition stored in a locked cabinet separate from firearms?
Are plastic bags stored out of children's reach?
Does your fireplace have a metal fire screen that completely covers the fireplace?
Does sharp-edged furniture have edge guards?
Is your home free of chipping or peeling paint?
Do you know which plants are poisonous?
Are poisonous plants out of children's reach?
Have you created a safe area in your home? Consider childproofing an entire area, and then use gates to enclose it. Safe areas can help prevent access to outside doors, stairways, the bathroom, kitchen or garage.

Most of these childproofing items can be found at any local hardware store. But remember that childproofing can never be 100 percent effective. That’s why it’s so important to supervise your children at all times. This checklist can help you start thinking about childproofing your home. For more information, see our fact sheets listed on the previous page and:

National Safety Council
Safe Kids Worldwide
Consumer Product Safety Commission

1 comment:

  1. Also in addition to this list I would also recommend getting fire prevention outlets. Outlet covers only do so much but the way I think about it is they are useless if they are on fire. It is worth looking into. Also when I was fire proofing my house I crawled around my house to see if everything was safe. It helped me get on the same level and double check everything.$utm_campaign=homepage


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