Preventative Care

Premier Physician Network providers answer frequently asked questions about preventative care.

How Can I Make my Home Safe for Young Children?

Whether you’re a parent or a grandparent, you can make some simple changes around your home to make it healthy and safe for young children.

The National Safety Council (NSC) suggests:

  • Check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your home with every time change to make sure they work correctly.
  • Make sure cords from blinds or curtains are not long enough to be a choking hazard.
  • Use child safety gates at the top and bottom of stairs.
  • Make sure small objects that could be swallowed are kept off floors, tables and any other places young children can reach. Some small objects that can be dangerous include coins, buttons, batteries (especially button-sized ones), rings, nails, tacks, deflated balloons, marbles and small toy pieces.
  • Keep matches, lighters and other fire-starters out of your child’s reach.
  • Keep electrical cords and wires out of your child’s reach.
  • Cover wall outlets with safety caps.
  • Put child-safety locks on bathroom cabinets, kitchen cabinets and any closets or drawers where cleaning supplies and/or medicines are kept to prevent poison hazards.
  • Cover sharp or pointy edges of furniture or fireplaces with child-safe bumpers to avoid injuries.

Ask you doctor for more tips on how to make your home safer for young children.

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Source: Suzanne Bell, MD, Vandalia Family Care; Tracie Bolden, MD, Fairfield Road Physician Offices; Timothy Markus, MD, Dayton Heart Center; Allison Mendenhall, PA-C, Troy Primary Care Physicians; Katrina Paulding, MD, Samaritan North Family Physicians; Breanna Veal, PA-C, Walden Ponds Primary Care: James Halderman, MD, Jamestown Family Medicine; Christopher Lauricella, DO, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Marcus Washington, MD, Premier Health Family Medicine; Ann DeClue, MD, Ann DeClue, MD; Angelia Mickle, DNP, Jamestown Family Medicine; Leelmohan Ravikumar, MD, Troy Primary Care Physicians; Aaron Block, MD, MPH, Franklin Family Practice; Mansi Amin, DO, SureCare Medical Center, Tammy Taylor, DO, The Pediatric Group