Safety First: Keeping Your Family Safe at Home
How to childproof your home, room by room
Your home is a sanctuary for you and your children. Yet, each space has potential hazards.
Here are some easy ways to childproof each room so that your children remain safe and sound.
1. Keep your baby’s crib clear of potential suffocation hazards, such as toys and non-breathable blankets.
2. Avoid hanging anything that has a string or cord above your baby’s crib.
3. Install window guards or stops to prevent falls.
4. Store toys in an open toy box to avoid fingers getting stuck under a lid.
1. Anchor top-heavy and unstable items, like TVs and bookshelves, to the wall.
2. Cover sharp edges on furniture with pads.
3. Insert plastic plugs into electrical outlets.
1. To prevent scalding, set your water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit or the manufacturer’s recommended setting.
2. Place non-slip mats in and around the bathtub.
1. Cook on the back burner of the stove, and keep pot handles turned away from the edge.
2. Install latches to keep all kitchen cabinets and drawers closed.
3. Remove refrigerator magnets that may present a choking hazard.
Safety doesn’t happen by accident
• Install carbon monoxide detectors on every level of your home, especially near
• Install smoke alarms throughout your home and test regularly.
• Keep a fire extinguisher in a secure yet accessible place.
• If you have a fireplace, install a fireplace screen.
• Keep all medications and cleaning products out of reach. In case of accidental
swallowing, call Poison Control at 1-800-222-1222.
Taking precautions like these can help prevent accidental injuries. Once your home is physically safe, consider something that will keep your children financially safe: life insurance.
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