1. Secure furniture and appliances to walls:
Heavy furniture like bookshelves and appliances can tip over if climbed on. Use wall brackets to secure them in place.
2. Place safety gates at stairs:
Safety gates prevent toddlers from accessing stairs and potential falls. Choose gates that are securely mounted.
3. Cover electrical outlets:
Children are naturally curious and tend to explore by sticking objects into outlets. Outlet covers prevent electrocution hazards.
4. Install window guards:
Particularly on upper floors, window guards or locks prevent children from accidentally falling out of open windows.
5. Keep small objects out of reach:
Small toys and objects can pose choking hazards. Regularly scan the floor and play areas for anything that could be swallowed.
6. Lock away cleaning supplies:
Household cleaners often contain chemicals that can be harmful if ingested. Keep them out of reach or in locked cabinets.
7. Use cordless window blinds:
Children can get entangled in blind cords, posing a strangulation risk. Opt for cordless or inaccessible cord blinds.
8. Set water heater temperature:
Lower the water heater temperature to prevent scalding burns. Young children have sensitive skin that is easily burned by hot water.
9. Install detectors and alarms:
Smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms warn of potential dangers and provide time to react and evacuate if necessary.
10. Create an emergency plan:
Establish a clear plan for emergencies like fires or natural disasters. Share this plan with babysitters or family members who may be caring for your child.