Tips for Childproofing:

 

  • Outlet plugs and sliding covers for outlets lower than counter height

  • Corner protectors, foam and silicone styles for sharp edges at child height

  • Furniture tethers for dressers, TVs, and bookshelves

  • Cabinet door locks, for cabinets that contain poisons and other dangers

  • Drawer latches to keep knives and sharp objects out of curious hands

  • Use Blind Cleats on hanging blind cords

  • Mounted gates at the top and bottom of stairs, pressure gates don’t offer enough support and are tripping
    hazards. Not all retractable gates are rated for the top of stairs, read the instructions to see if yours is.

  • Cribs should be lowered to the lowest setting once your LO is sitting or pulling up

  • Be sure no cords or wires are accessible, especially sound machines and baby monitors

  • Keep all items 6 inches from the edge of the counter and tables, out of reach of little hands

  • Set the water heater to a lower setting to prevent accidental burns

  • Cook using the back burners, when possible

  • Remove dish towels from the oven door handle

  • Keep all medications, vitamins, and supplements out of reach, in a locked cupboard

  • Have a fire extinguisher on each level of the home, and one in the master bedroom

  • Change batteries in smoke detectors and CO2 detectors every 6 month

  • Place smoke detectors in all bedrooms

  • Have a family escape plan and practice it yearly

  • Have all parents, grandparents, and caregivers take a First Aid & CPR class that focuses on infants and toddlers