Baby Proofing Safety Tips

Too many children are killed in tragic home accidents that could have been prevented. TotalProtect Home Warranty® urges you to spend just a few minutes reviewing this checklist published by WebMD and the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission:

Kitchens and Bathrooms

  • Cabinets and Drawers with Safety Latches and Locks. Little ones are drawn to bright cleaner colors and laundry or dishwasher pods, thinking they are candy or toys. Avoid fatal poisonings by making sure every area is locked securely.
  • Keep Toilet Lids Closed with Locks on Them. WebMD explains that children are more top-heavy than adults. They can fall into a toilet easily and can drown in just one inch of water.
  • Water Heater Temperature Control. According to WebMD, it takes a mere three seconds for a child to sustain a third-degree burn from water at 140 degrees. Set your water heater at 120 degrees Fahrenheit and fasten anti-scalding devices to your sink and tub faucets.
  • When Cooking, Always Keep Pot Handles Turned towards the Back of Stove. It is also better to use the back burners, as they are not as easily reachable as the front ones.

Windows and Doors

  • Cover Windows with Guards and Safety Netting. Also, avoid placing furniture near high windowsills. This prevents falls from windows, patios or balconies.
  • Never Use Blinds or Curtains with a Looped Cord, as this risks strangulation. WebMD advises all blinds, shades, and draperies bought before 2001 be repaired or replaced.

Pools and Hot Tubs

  • Build a Barrier. In many communities, this is the law. You should have a sturdy, impenetrable fence around your pool or hot tub, with a closing, latching gate.
  • Any Door Leading to Water Should Have an Alarm. The pool should have an alarm as well.

Electrical Outlets

  • Every Electrical Outlet Should Have a Safety Cover or Cap, to prevent tiny fingers, sticks or other foreign objects from penetrating and causing electrocution.
  • Any Outlet Near a Water Source Should Have Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI). These GFCIs automatically cut off power if appliances fall into the water.

Appliances and Furniture

  • Secure Heavy Furniture and Appliances with Brackets and Anchors.  A stove, TV stand, dresser or bookcase can crush and kill a child instantly, if they climb or fall into them.
  • Use Bumpers on Corners, Edges and Fireplace Hearths. This prevents serious cuts, bruises and other injuries
  • Safety Gates are a Must for Stairs or Hazardous Areas. They should be used to prevent entry to rooms with items like exercise machines, sewing equipment or other hazards.

 

Find more safety tips, plus advice on home maintenance, on the TotalProtect blog.

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The information in this article is intended for the proper maintenance and care of systems and appliances in the home. Not all of the topics mentioned are intended to indicate coverage by our home warranty or service plans. Please review your contract carefully to understand what your product coverage entails.

Information from WebMD and cpsc.gov.

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