Be sure your child won't fall out of a window. Open double-hung windows from the top. Consider using a burglar latch which will allow the lower sash to open only a few inches.Install window guards.Don't leave furniture or any object that can be climbed upon near a window.Hang curtain out of your crawling child's reach so [...]
Be aware that any door - front door, bathroom door, basement door - can pose a hazard. Keep them closed.Install safety glass in large windows and French doors. They won't shatter even if a child falls on them. Look for the emblem that signifies tempered glass.Put decals on sliding glass doors so your mobile children [...]
Bunk beds are not recommended unless space necessitates them. Recalls abound. Check the CPSC recall list to be sure you are not using an unsafe one.
Don't let a child younger than 6 sleep or play on the top bed.Never allow horseplay on bunk beds - ever.Be sure there are top railings the length of both [...]
Two major safety hazards are present when two young children share a room. The largest is from the older child's toys. They can be dangerous for the younger one, either because small parts can be ingested or because many toys for an older child have sharp parts. The second danger is more subtle. Even the [...]
Most safety gates are between 24 and 32 inches tall and can be adjusted to spaces from about 27 to 144 inches wide. Some fit up to 20 feet. Pressure-mounted gates are easier to install than those with fixed attachments. Hardware-mounted gates should always be used for blocking off stairs or other spaces where security is [...]
In an average year, children under 5 experience over 7000 injuries from HOT curling irons alone. Keep them away from young children.Don't leave a sunlamp, hair dryer or other electrical appliance where your child can reach it and pull it into a water-filled tub or sink. Even one that is turned off can cause electrocution [...]
Medicines are usually best kept under lock and key. Or keep them in a room other than the bathroom, such as the kitchen, despite the inconvenience. Be aware that the step stool that makes it possible for your toddler to reach the bathroom sink will also help him to reach the medicine cabinet or other [...]
The garage and workshop are two areas your baby or young child is best kept out of. Hazardous implements and poisonous substances abound in both. Never work on a car when a small child is present. If there will be times when your youngster just has to be with you, use every childproofing technique you [...]
Choking occurs when something in a child's mouth gets into the trachea (air passage) instead of the esophagus (food passage). The trachea becomes blocked and air cannot get into the child's lungs. Infants are apt to choke if they are given solid foods too early, before they are able to coordinate chewing and swallowing. Toddlers [...]
One of the most necessary pieces of baby equipment is also one of the most potentially dangerous. The Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that in one year 7,000 children were treated in hospital emergency rooms as a result of accidents involving highchairs.
Check the highchair you buy - or borrow - carefully. Be sure it has [...]