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Safe & Secure - Kid-Proofing Your Home

Is your home safe, secure, and kid proof? Most parents understand that when it comes to children, some accidents are inevitable. Childproofing a home is one way that parents can prevent some accidents that may cause serious injury to a child. For instance, by installing gates across stairways a baby or toddler is less likely to take a fall down the steps. The following are lists of several different ways that parents can kid-proof a household to protect children of all ages.

Tips for Kid-Proofing a Household and Keeping an Infant/Toddler Safe

  • To prevent suffocation do not put stuffed animals into a baby's crib.
  • Install locks on the toilets so a child can't lift the lid and fall into the water.
  • Never leave a baby or a toddler alone with a pet, even if the animal seems friendly toward the child.
  • Install locks on cabinets that contain medicines, cleaning products, or other harmful items.
  • Crawl around on the floor to identify the pieces of furniture that a baby or toddler is likely to pull over. For example, all heavy floor lamps should be removed from a young child's reach.
  • Do not leave a baby or toddler alone in a bathtub; not even for a few moments.

Tips for Kid-Proofing a Household and Keeping Elementary School-Aged Kids Safe

  • Teach children this age about fire safety including why they shouldn't play with a cigarette lighter or matches.
  • Design a family emergency exit plan in case of a fire and practice it regularly.
  • Make sure that a home's automatic garage door stops if it detects an object underneath it.
  • If a home has a pool, a safety fence should be put up around it to keep children from entering. In addition, children this age should be taught never to swim alone.
  • Children in this age group need supervision if they are cooking or using the microwave.
  • A parent should still supervise an elementary school-aged child at bath time to help prevent drowning or other accidents. No need to stay in the bathroom or hover around the door, but check on them periodically.

Tips for Kid-Proofing a Household/Keeping a Pre-Teen or Teenager Safe

  • Pre-teens and teenagers often begin to use more electrical items and should know how to use them properly. For instance, a pre-teen may want to use a curling iron and must know not to place it near the bathroom sink.
  • Parents should monitor the prescription medicines in their medicine cabinets or lock the cabinet to prevent preteens or teenagers from taking these medications.
  • A teenager's computer must be in a room that is easily accessible to a parent. A parent must be able to monitor a teenager's Internet activity to make sure he or she is not visiting inappropriate websites.
  • Teenagers should be aware of the family's emergency exit plan in the event of a fire. A teenager may even be able to help create or improve on one.
  • A licensed driver must always accompany teenagers in the car when they are learning to drive. Do not permit an unlicensed driver to pull the car out of the garage into the driveway. Due to their inexperience with driving, they may cause an accident or damage.

For more information on kid-proofing a home, please visit:

  • Childproofing Information: Learn about safety guidelines connected with certain items for babies such as playpens, toys, and strollers. Also, find product recall information as well as safety tips regarding various pieces of furniture and items found around the home.
  • Childproofing to Prevent Accidents: Discover various ways to prevent a baby from suffering an accident in the home. Some of the suggestions include the use of electrical outlet covers, safety gates, and safety glass.
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