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Keeping Your Child Safe

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To prevent potentially dangerous accidents from happening, child-proof your home to ensure safety. Here are some ideas for preventing accidents in your home:


  • Use night lights and skid-proof rugs.
  • Put safety gates at top/bottom of stairs.
  • Lock basement doors.
  • Don’t pile things on steps.
  • Move furniture away from windows.
  • Use safety straps on high chairs and strollers.
  • Never tum your back on a baby on a bed, changing table, or counter.


  • Cover fireplaces. Keep your child away from fires, heaters, and furnaces.
  • Lower water temperature. Always check baby’s bath water for comfort. Set water heater for 120°.
  • Tum pot handles in. Keep hot dishes away from the edge of the table.
  • Never carry a baby and hot food at the same time.
  • Don’t let your child use fireworks.
  • Keep matches out of reach and in child-proof containers.
  • Install smoke alarms and fire extinguishers. Check them monthly.
  • Create a fire escape plan and practice it. 
  • Teach your child to Stop, Drop, and Roll if clothes catch on fire.


  • Keep medicines, cleaning supplies, and chemicals out of reach and in child-proof containers.
  • Put safety locks or latches on cabinets.
  • Keep the poison control phone number nearby: 1-800-848-6946.


  • Keep plastic bags out of reach.
  • Keep curtain and blind cords out of reach.
  • Keep anything 2 inches or smaller away from infants and toddlers.
  • Avoid foods such as peanuts, grapes, hot dogs, popcorn, gum, and hard candy until your child is older.
  • Never tie a pacifier around an infant’s neck.


  • Cover outlets with plastic caps.
  • Keep appliances out of baby’s reach.
  • Keep appliances away from water.
  • Keep electrical cords out of baby’s reach.


  • Always stay with a child around water. A young child can drown in a few inches of water – even in a bathtub!
  • Be sure life jackets are US Coast Guard approved and the appropriate size.