Toddler Safey Tips: How can you keep your child safe in the house?

Bedroom

Remove any cords from curtains or other objects that could get around the baby’s neck. Be sure to keep the crib away from electric cords, drapes and curtain cords, or tie up the cords so they are less than 6 inches long and out of your child’s reach. Keep all mobiles and hanging crib toys out of your baby’s reach. Remove all strings on crib toys and pacifiers.

Kitchen

Turn all of the pot handles toward the back of the stove. Use the back burners instead of the front burners on the stove for cooking. Keep hot foods and drinks out of reach by moving them away from the edge of a counter or table. Keep all knives and other sharp objects out of reach or in locked or “childproof” drawers or cabinets. Wind up appliance cords to keep them out of reach. Put medicines, vitamins, cleaning supplies and other poisons into locked cabinets. It’s important to remember that children can’t tell the difference between medicine and candy. If your child swallows something he or she shouldn’t, call a poison control center immediately. It is best to keep the telephone number by your phone.

Bathroom

Children have been known to drown in very little water, so you should always stay with your child when he or she is in the bathtub. NEVER leave your child alone or with an older child in the bathroom or tub. Not even for a minute! If you must answer the phone or doorbell, take your child with you. Always test the temperature of the water before putting your child in the tub. Young children have tender skin and they are easily burned if the water in the sink or bathtub is too hot. Be sure to set your water heater to 120 F or less. Check the temperature of the hot water from the faucet by running the water over a meat or candy thermometer for 3 minutes. Keep all electrical items, such as hair dryers away from the water and unplug them when you aren’t using them. They can cause an electric shock if they fall into the sink or bathtub while they’re plugged in.

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