It’s not hard to make your home child-safe. Once babies start getting around by themselves, put up or store items that are unsafe, such as small objects they could choke on, cleaning supplies, and sharp objects.
Child safety devices can help make your home safer. You can find many of these devices at hardware stores, supermarkets, or online. Be sure to install them correctly.
Child safety devices and where to use them:
- Smoke alarms alert you to fires. They should be on every level of your home, inside each bedroom, and outside sleeping areas.
- Carbon monoxide alarms detect carbon monoxide leaks. They should be on each floor of your home near sleeping areas.
- Outlet covers prevent children from inserting objects into outlets, which can cause electrocution. These should not be easy for young children to remove.
- Safety gates prevent falls down stairs and keep children from getting into areas of danger.
- Latches and locks on cabinets and drawers in kitchens, bathrooms, and other areas keep dangerous objects (such as cleaners, medicines, matches, and knives) away from children.
- Door knob covers and door locks keep children from entering rooms with possible dangers or going outdoors.
- Corner and edge bumpers prevent injuries from falls against sharp furniture or fireplaces.
- Anchors on furniture and appliances keep children from pulling items on top of themselves, such as TV stands, shelves, bookcases, dressers, and desks. Anchor these items to the floor or wall.
- Window guards or safety netting prevent falls from windows, balconies, decks, and landings. Be sure to open windows no more than four inches. Window screens aren’t a reliable way to keep children from falling out of windows.