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What are safety steps for easily childproofing a family home?

Dr. Weber discusses childproofing tips. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

 

One important part of keeping your children safe is making sure they can’t be harmed by things in your home.

The Consumer Product Safety CommissionOff Site Icon (CSPC) suggests the following childproofing ideas to keep your house safe:

  • Anti-scald devices – Install these in shower heads and sink faucets so your water doesn’t get hot enough to burn your child
  • Cordless window coverings – Some types of blind have a cord that can be pulled to lift them, and the cord can be a strangulation hazard for children. If you have blinds from before 2000 and cannot afford new ones without a cord, visit the Window Covering Safety Council at WindowCoverings.orgOff Site Icon for a free repair kit
  • Corner and edge bumpers – Attach these soft foam strips onto items such as end table and fire place ledges to help prevent children from being injured if they bump into them
  • Door knob covers and door locks – These can keep kids out of places that are dangerous for them, but can still be opened quickly and easily by adults
  • Furniture and large appliance anchors – To avoid bookshelves, TVs and other large household items from tipping over on your infant or climbing toddler, install an anchor that secures these things to the wall.
  • Outlet covers – Pop a cover in every open outlet in your home to help prevent electrocution
  • Safety gates – Keep fearless babies and toddlers from tumbling down stairs or into rooms they shouldn’t be in by installing a safety gate to block off part of your home

One other area the CSPC recommends taking extra safety measures with is a pool, if you have one at your home. Make sure to keep a door that leads out to the pool area closed and locked. Having an alarm on the door that leads to the pool could be a lifesaver. The CSPC also recommends building an at least 4-foot-tall fence with a self-latching gate completely around your pool to keep unsupervised children out.

For more information about childproofing your own home, talk with your doctor.

Learn more:

Source: Anessa Alappatt, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; Christopher Aviles, MD, Beavercreek Family Physicians; Tracie Bolden, MD, Fairfield Road Physician Offices; Michael Chunn, MD, Michael A. Chunn, MD Family Practice; Christopher Lauricella D.O, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Melinda Ruff, MD, Centerville Family Medicine; Paul Weber, MD, The Pediatric Group; Joseph Allen, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Michael Barrow, MD, Samaritan North Family Physicians; Aleda Johnson, MD, Liberty Family Medicine; Lisa Wright, MSN, NP-C, Ann DeClue, MD; Mark Casdorph, DO, Upper Valley Outpatient Behavioral Health

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