Child Proofing Measures

The following list includes the basic steps to childproofing your home. Since there is no maximum limit to safety, and since all environments and households vary, you may need to add additional steps for your particular situations.

Children can open everything – Watch them closely

  • Is the floor free of lamps cords?
  • Are emergency numbers posted by each telephone?
  • Are moveable objects anchored with something to keep them in place?
  • Do you have safety plugs in all unused electrical outlets?
  • Are your stairs carpeted? Is the carpet firmly tacked down?
  • Do you make sure steps are free of objects and that no carpeted steps have nonskid strips?
  • Are handrails in the stairways sturdy and securely fastened?
  • Are the balusters in the stairways close enough so your child can’t place his head though them?
  • Are there nightlights in the hallways?
  • Do all small, loose area rugs have nonskid backing?
  • Have you disposed of all worn or torn carpeting?
  • If your child is learning to crawl or walk, are there safety gates at the tops and bottom of stairs?
  • They should not be according-style that can trap an arm or leg.
  • Have you gotten rid of all poisonous houseplants?
  • Are alcoholic beverages kept in a locked cabinet?
  • Are all firearms unloaded and locked up in a separated place from the ammunition?
  • Are fireplaces radiators, kerosene heaters and other easily accessible heat sources screened off?
  • Do you make sure that all trash containers do NOT contain hazardous materials like poisons, razor blades, etc.?
  • Are all plastic bags disposed of or inaccessible to your child?
  • Are all chairs, tables, etc. away from windows so that your child can’t climb up and open them?
  • Do all windows either open from the top or have window screens or bars?
  • Are all unsteady or top-heavy furnishings like floor lamps well anchored?
  • Are there corner protectors on all hard furniture edged or sharp corners?
  • Are blind and drape cords wrapped around wall brackets so that they are out of the baby’s reach?
  • Have you checked the floor for small swallowable objects and other dangerous items?
  • If you have hardwork floors, do you make sure your child doesn’t run around with only socks on his feet?
  • Do you have any glass, swinging or folding doors that can injure your child?
  • Are all poisonous and dangerous material far from your child’s reach?
  • Is the thermostat of the water heater set at 600C or lower to prevent scalding?

Bathroom

  • Have you installed nonskid strips in the bottom of the tub?
  • Are shower doors made of safety glass or plastic?
  • Are there hand bars in the walls by the tub and toilet?
  • Do you make sure that your child is never left unattended in the bath?
  • Do you make sure the temperature of your child’s bath water is not too hot?
  • Do you keep the toilet lids closed to keep your toddler from falling in head first?
  • Do all medicines have safety caps? Are they stored in a locked cabinet as well? Are all toiletries keep out of your child’s reach?
  • Are all appliances kept unplugged when not in use?
  • Do you keep your radio, hair dryer and other electrical appliances away from the bathtub or shower area?
  • Have you made sure there are no dangling electrical cords your child can pull on?

Garage / Basement

  • Are all-toxic material kept in a locked cabinet?
  • Are power tools unplugged when not in use?
  • Are all tools kept out of reach?
  • Is the garage adequately ventilated?
  • Are the doors removed from unused freezer or refrigerators so your child won’t accidentally get trapped inside?
  • Are all refrigerators and freezers that are in use in the garage or basement locked?
  • Do you NEVER allow your child to play in the garage or driveway where cars may be coming and going?
  • Do you check to make sure your child is nowhere near the door when you open or close the automatic garage door?
  • Do you check to make sure that the car doors and trunks are free of fingers and hands before you shut them?

Kitchen

  • Are all poisonous materials out of your child’s reach, or are they locked in a cabinet?
  • Are all dangerous utensils like knives and scissors kept in a separate latched drawer?
  • Are sharp cutting appliances like food processors in a cupboard that is locked or out of reach?
  • Have you made sure that there are no dangling electrical cords and that the cord are all unplugged when the appliance is not in use?
  • Are pot handles always turned toward the back of the stove?
  • Is the stove not located under a window with hanging curtains?
  • Do you avoid wearing clothes with long, loose sleeves while cooking?
  • Do you keep counter tops and work areas clear of unnecessary objects?
  • Do you wipe up grease spills at once?
  • Do you keep drawers and cabinet closed?
  • If you have a gas stove, do you remove the handles when the stove is not in use, or can you block your child’s access as much as possible?
  • Are matches out of reach and out of sight?
  • Is there a fire extinguisher in the kitchen?

Backyard

  • Do you have a fenced-in yard? If not, does your child know his boundries, and does he always have adult supervision?
  • Have you made certain that hedges, trees, or shrubs do not hide the presence of a child moving toward the driveway or dead trees?
  • Is the gate always latched and locked?
  • Are all-poisonous plants either removed or made inaccessible to you child?
  • If you must use pesticides, herbicides and fertilizer, do you allow a minimum of 48 hours after application before your child plays in the yard?
  • Do you make sure your child is far removed from the vicinity when a power mower or other dangerous lawn equipment is in use?
  • Is all outdoor cooking equipment inaccessible to your child?
  • Are all swimming pools adequately barricaded with a fence and a securely locked gate?

Fire

  • Do you have smoke detectors on each floor?
  • Do all the smoke detectors function properly?
  • When were they last checked? They should be checked monthly.
  • Do you have a battery-powered smoke detector in case the fire destroys your electric smoke detectors?
  • Are all your child’s clothes fire retardant?
  • Do you have a planned exit? Have you practiced your fire escape plan?
  • Is someone responsible for tying to reach the baby? Who if not you?

Pets

  • Have you chosen a pet with a friendly disposition?
  • Are your dogs and/or cats immunized rabies?
  • Do you NEVER allow your child around animals without supervision?

Playgrounds

  • Is there adequately padded surface like rubberized matting, wood shaving or sand under the play equipment?
  • Is wooden equipment free of splinters?
  • Do sharp edges, bolts, etc. have a protective covering?
  • Is the equipment sturdy and free of loose chains and joints?
  • Are the swing seats made of soft material?
  • Have you taught your child to never twist the swing, push an empty swing, or walk in front of a swing?
  • Do you NEVER allow a child less than 4 years to use climbing equipment taller than he?
  • Do you NEVER allow a child less than three years to use a seesaw?
  • Do you NOT more than one child on the same swing?
  • Do you make sure children climb a slide by the ladder instead of the slide surface? Do they go one at a time? Do you check to make sure the slide surface isn’t too