Home Safety



  • Never step away when your baby is on a high surface such as a changing table or countertop.
  • Keep the sides of a baby’s crib raised.
  • If an infant seat is used outside the car, place it on the floor.
  • Avoid infant walkers.
  • Install safety gates (not accordion-style) to guard stairways.
  • Lock doors to dangerous areas such as the basement and garage.
  • Check the stability of drawers, tall furniture, and lamps before a baby becomes mobile. Remove tablecloths that might be within the reach of a toddler.
  • Make sure any windows above the first floor of a multistory house are closed or have screens or guards that cannot be pushed out.
  • Don’t underestimate the climbing ability of a toddler.
  • Remove or pad low furniture with sharp corners, such as coffee tables, in your child’s living area.
  • Place safety latches on all drawers and cupboards that are off-limits.
  • Move anything dangerous – cleaning products; plumbing, gardening, painting, refinishing, and agricultural chemicals and supplies; knives or other sharp utensils; and medicines – to high cabinets that are latched.
  • Make knives off-limits to a child until he is old enough to learn (and demonstrate) how to use them correctly.
  • Put covers on unused electrical outlets.
  • Keep electrical cords out of the reach of children.
  • Remove all poisonous plants from the home.
  • Put the number of the nearest poison center on all phones. Call if a child puts some-thing in his mouth that might be poisonous.
  • Buy syrup of ipecac, but use only if directed to do so.
  • Purchase all medicines in containers with safety caps.
  • Do not transfer toxic substances to bottles, glasses, or jars, especially if those containers originally contained familiar liquids for drinking (such as juice).
  • When leaving your children with a baby-sitter, leave emergency phone numbers, a permission slip for emergency care, and insurance information. (Or designate whom the sitter should call.) Make certain the sitter knows the address and phone number of your home, in case she needs to provide this information to the emergency personnel.