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Keeping little fingers safe at home

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Babies and little kids love to crawl and explore. Your home, from their point of view, is pretty fascinating! See the world from their point of view and help keep them safe – crawl around your home on your hands and knees. You will literally see your home from an entirely new perspective.

A few simple steps can help keep your kids, and their little fingers safe:

Cabinets: Danger can lurk particularly behind bathroom and kitchen cabinet doors, easily catching little fingers. Install safety latches on all cabinet doors.

Cribs: Keep your baby’s crib for sleeping. Remove all stuffed animals, overstuffed blankets, particularly for newborns, and bumper pads to avoid suffocation or strangulation. When babies start to pull themselves up, make sure the mattress is lowered to its lowest position. Babies love to climb – lowering the mattress will make it very difficult for they to climb and fall. Also, avoid purchasing or borrowing an older or antique crib.

Drapery and blind cords: Make sure any cords are secured high and out of reach to avoid strangulation.

Electrical cords: Move all cords well out of sight and reach.

Electrical outlets: cover all outlets with safety covers. Little holes and little fingers are not a good match.

Furniture and drawers: Bookcases, wall units and dressers with drawers are quite attractive to little hands and feet, and furniture can run the risk of tip-overs. Make sure any wobbly furniture is secured to floors or walls, and that drawers are tightly closed.

In the bathtub: Never leave your baby unattended and watch your water temperature. Set your water heater at 120 degrees or lower. Never position your baby near the faucet. Cover the faucet head with a soft specially made cover and install non-skid strips to prevent your baby from slipping.

Flooring: Repair loose tiles, floor boards or loose linoleum. Make sure area rugs are secured with non-skid backing.

Entertaining: After parties, empty glasses, ashtrays, and any food trays.

Garbage cans: Keep garbage cans out of sight, in a latched cabinet if possible.

Houseplants: Some can be poisonous. Keep them out of reach.

Pet supplies: Move pet dishes off the floor when they are not in use. Keep litter boxes contained and out of reach. Position fish tanks in a place that can’t topple.

Stairs: Block stairways with baby gates to prevent tumbles.

Tablecloths: Consider placemats. Babies like to tug on fabric that is hanging in their reach.

Toilets: Babies are intrigued by toilets. Consider a toilet lock.

Windows: Babies imitate what they see. If they have watched you open a window, they may decide they need to give it a try. Move any furniture away from windows that will make it easy for them to climb on, and install window guards that won’t allow a window to be opened more than a few inches.

Childproofing is very important when your baby starts exploring, but doesn’t replace a watchful eye of a parent. Never leave your baby unattended. Stay safe!

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