Safety First! What You Need to Know About Child Safety

Follow these child safety tips to protect your baby

One of the most important things new parents need to learn is child safety. Thousands of children are hurt in their own homes every year — often, these accidents were preventable. To keep your child safe, follow these tips about child safety in the home.

Kitchen

Children love knobs — specifically the knobs on your stove. The easiest and simplest thing to keep your child safe is to remove the knobs. If you prefer to not remove the knobs and replace them every time you use the stove, purchase knob covers that prevent the child from turning the knobs.

In the kitchen, also remember always to turn pot handles toward the wall so the child cannot reach them. Anchor your stove properly to the wall so the child doesn’t tip it over if they attempt to climb it.

Bathroom

Children love the bathroom! First thing — put a soft cover over the bathtub spout and adjust your hot water heater to 120 degrees. Water over 120 degrees can seriously scald your child.

When giving your child a bath, absolutely never leave your baby unattended — even if they are in a bath seat. Baby bath seats cause nine deaths every year. Check to be sure that your child’s bathtub toys are safe also. They should be the proper size to ensure they can’t choke and never use a sponge to bathe your baby. Babies like to suck on sponges, a piece can break loose, and your baby can choke on it.

Babies not only like to play in water in the bathtub, they also like to play in toilet water. Because babies have large heads in proportion to their bodies, they are top-heavy. If they fall head first into a toilet (or 5-gallon bucket), they can’t get out and will drown.

Supplies

Supplies that you need to keep locked away are everything from medications, to mouthwash, to cleaning supplies. All of these items are potentially dangerous and can lead to death.

Use child safety locks and latches to keep your child out of cabinets and drawers and be sure your child can’t get past the lock. Some children are particularly skilled at opening child safety locks — be sure yours isn’t.

Take a look around your home. Think about potential hazards, use child safety equipment, and plan ahead to prevent them. These tips will help you when it comes to child safety.