Happy #BumpDay! If you’re planning on welcoming the newest little member of your family soon, no doubt you’ve taken steps to childproof your home. You’ve probably installed safety latches on all of your cabinets, covered your electrical outlets with protectors, and placed safety gates at the top and bottom of stairs and in the doorways.
However, even the most seasoned child-proofers may miss some potentially harmful areas. SafeKids.org recently released their interactive graphic focusing on a range of risks in different rooms the home.
Here are some important childproofing tips:
- Store your laundry packets in a high-up, hidden spot. In 2016 alone, there were 11,528 calls to poison centers related to laundry packet incidents involving young children. Keep liquid laundry packets up, closed and out of children’s reach and sight.
- Keep hot foods away from the edge of the counter. Each day more than 300 children are seen in emergency rooms from burn injuries, many of which come from the kitchen. Make sure there are no handles or hot plates for your child to grab onto.
- Hide away all household and cleaning products. Store and lock all household products and cleaning solutions out of children’s sight and reach. Put the Poison Help Number (1-800-222-1222) into your phones just in case.
- Keep small toys and choking hazards away from small children. In 2011, an average of 516 kids under the age of 15 were seen in emergency departments for toy-related injuries every day. Store any choking hazards away from children’s reach and supervise your children during playtime.
- Secure heavy furniture and TVs. Every 30 minutes, a child in the U.S. is injured by furniture that has tipped over, and two-thirds of TV and furniture tip-over fatalities involve toddlers. Use brackets, braces, mounts or wall straps to secure unstable or top-heavy furniture or TVs and prevent tip-overs.
- Keep items will small batteries out of reach. Each year, about 3,500 button battery swallowing cases are reported to U.S. poison control centers. Keep items that may contain coin-sized lithium batteries (like key fobs and some remotes) out of sight and reach of children.
With these tips, you can rest assured that you are doing everything you can to keep your little one safe!