Thursday, October 17, 2013

Ways to baby-proof your home

I am no expert in child safety, however I have been in many homes and seen different ways people baby proof. Being a Dad myself, I try and make note of what makes for a "baby-proof" home.  Here are some common safety measures that I see time and time again:

1. Keep furniture upright by fastening it to the wall with brackets or straps, and place soft bumpers around the edges of tabletops and the hearth.

2. Use a screen on the fireplace (even when no fire is lit), and avoid lighting candles, which are easy to knock over.

3. To prevent shocks and burns, tape down electrical cords and cover outlets with safety plates -- not plastic plugs, which can be a choking hazard.

4. Avoid big falls with hardware-mounted safety gates at the top and bottom of staircases, and mesh fabric netting on all railing or banister openings wider than 4 inches.

5.  Keep floors and surfaces within baby's reach clear of plants and fragile items, as well as small objects such as loose change and toy parts that can cause choking.
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