Home Safety

Fall safety

Be sure to secure both unstable furniture and flat panel TVs to the wall. If you have crawlers and climbers in your house, keep furniture away from windows to prevent window falls.

Keep windows locked and closed when they are not being used. Screens are meant to keep bugs out, not children in! Properly install window stops that only an adult can open from the inside.
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Fire and burn safety

Install smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors on every level of your home, especially near sleeping areas. Remember to test your batteries every time you change your clocks for Daylight Savings.

Cook on the back burners of the stove and keep pot handles turned away from the edge. Keep hot foods and liquids away from the edges of tables where children can reach them.

Set your water heater to 120°F or the manufacturer’s recommended setting to prevent accidental scalding.
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Water safety

Actively supervise kids when they are in and around water. Once bath time is over, immediately drain the tub. Empty all kiddie pools, buckets, and containers immediately after use and store them upside down.
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Choking safety

Ensure that toys are age appropriate. Younger children may have greater access to toys inappropriate for their age that may pose a choking hazard such as small toys and game pieces.

Poison safety

Button batteries can cause severe injury for children if ingested. When a child swallows a button battery, the saliva triggers an electrical current. This causes a chemical reaction that can severely burn the esophagus in as little as two hours.

Keep all medicines and toxic products, such as cleaning solutions and detergent pods, in their original packaging out of children’s sight and reach. Put the Poison Help line in your phone for emergencies:

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Safe Kids Worldwide Home Safety Checklist

This home safety checklist, provided by Safe Kids Worldwide, will help you ensure each room in your home is safe for children.

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