BABY SAFETY AND HOME PROTECTION

Baby Safety and Home Protection Checklist !
The following Safety and Home Protection Checklist will really help you to get organised. Print a copy and check the items off of your checklist ! A new arrival in the family means that you will have to start looking at your home with a keen eye for Baby Safety and Home Protection. Detailed below are Household items which will assist you in this task.

 
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This important aspect of parenting can sometimes be overlooked as so many elements of Safety and Home Protection do not apply until the baby starts to become mobile - but just by glancing at the checklist you will see that this is not necessarily so. Put aside just an hour of your time and look at your home and its potential pitfalls and dangers and concentrate on what you will need to do to ensure you have done everything in relation to Baby Safety and Home Protection.

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Door stops
Night lights
VCR locks
Corner cushions
Fire guards
Safety Gates
Outlet plugs
Cabinet locks 
Drawer latches 
Lead testers
Toilet seat cover
Doorknob covers
Faucet Covers 
Bed rail
Household disinfectant 
Cellular phone
Smoke detectors
Carbon monoxide detectors 
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Baby Safety and Home Protection - Health and Care
The Health and care of your infant boy or girl will be a major priority. The items listed above will ensure that your home is filled with all of the basic requirements to help you with the Baby Safety and Home Protection of your new arrival. Telephone numbers of Doctors and other Health care professionals need to be at hand for any emergencies - It might help to put a copy of these in your medicine cabinet.

Safety and Home Protection - Helpful Hints
Every room in your house has a potential safety hazard. We have therefore put together a selection of hints under various categories related to your home.

Baby Safety and Home Protection - Stairs
Should your home have stairs there are some basic Safety and Home Protection criteria that you should apply :

  • Ensure that there are no loose carpet fittings and that the stair rails are secure - do not forget the risks to anyone carrying the baby (Never carry hot drinks when carrying a child )
  • Install mounted safety gates at the top and bottom of stairs - do not install the old style accordion gates as a baby could get caught in these
  • Remember there are other areas that might be hazardous - for instance a laundry room or an older child's bedroom 
  • Install a Smoke detector
  • Install plexiglas on stairs to prevent a child from squeezing through
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Baby Safety and Home Protection in the Nursery
Detailed below are various Safety and Home Protection considerations which must be adhered to in the nursery:

  • Heaters. Do not place portable heaters near the crib
  • Install a Smoke detector
  • Install carbon monoxide detectors at least 15 feet away from fuel burning appliances
  • Windows. Do not place a crib next to a window that has blinds and therefore cords once again the possibility of strangulation must be considered
  • Loose objects such as lamps, plants or ornaments. Do not place a crib near any objects that the baby could pull on top of him
  • Check all furniture and lamps for stability
  • Shelves. Do not place a crib under shelves - once again loose objects could fall on her
  • Ensure the crib and crib mattress fits snugly
  • Ensure the crib meets the regulated safety standards
  • You should only be able to slide one finger between the mattress and the rails
  • Set the mattress on the lowest level of the crib to prevent a growing infant from climbing out
  • Crib bumper - ensure it is secure on all sides to avoid any possibility of baby's head getting caught.
  • Remove the bumper when baby's able to stand
  • Any type of crib attachment should be installed on the wall side of the crib
  • Never put pillows or stuffed animals in the crib
  • Mobiles should be removed when the baby is 5 - 7 months old
  • Use plugs in unused outlets
  • Place guards on windows
  • Cords from all electrical equipment such as phones and lamps should be safely out of reach
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Baby Safety and Home Protection in the Bathroom
Detailed below are various Baby Safety and Home Protection considerations which must be adhered to in the bathroom and when bathing babies:

  • Water Temperature - Make sure the hot water heater is set at 120 F or below to avoid any risk of burning or scalding when bathing
  • When water or bathing is involved there is always a risk of drowning. Never leave your baby unattended in the bathtub
  • Slipping and falling - Place a bath mat on the bottom of the tub to reduce this risk
  • Risk of cuts - Use a soft cover for the faucet to reduce this risk
  • Stinging eyes - Use a shampoo shield to reduce this risk
  • Accidents - Use locks on the toilet and cabinets - Toilet lids should be locked closed
  • Poison Hazards - Put all medicines and tablets on a high shelf or cabinet and for extra safety put a lock on the bathroom cabinet
  • Remove all soaps, razors and shampoos from around the edge of the bathtub
  • Make sure bathroom doors can be unlocked from the outside in case your child locks one from within
  • Never leave a bath tub with water in it
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Baby Safety and Home Protection in the Kitchen
Detailed below are various Safety and Home Protection considerations which must be adhered to in the kitchen:

  • Use plugs in unused outlets
  • Use locks for the cabinets and drawers
  • Use covers for the stove's burner knobs
  • All pot handles should be turned inward
  • If possible do not use the front burners
  • Stove knobs should be covered
  • Lock away matches and lighters
  • Ensure you have a fire extinguisher
  • Do not put any cleaning or toxic materials in any low cupboards - e.g. under the sink
  • Ensure all plastic bags and packaging is safely disposed off and not left lying around
  • Install carbon monoxide detectors at least 15 feet away from fuel burning appliances
  • Keep all trash containers locked away
  • Use Child Safety caps on any bottles containing toxic fluids
  • Install a Smoke detector
  • Tablecloths are a potential hazard as they can be pulled
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Baby Safety and Home Protection in the Living Rooms
Detailed below are various Safety and Home Protection considerations which must be adhered to in living rooms:

  • Use plugs in unused outlets
  • Use locks for the cabinets and drawers
  • Move any objects or ornaments to high shelves away from a baby's reach
  • Plants - check if poisonous
  • Plants - keep out of reach - danger of pulling plant down or eating the dirt
  • Check all furniture and lamps for stability
  • Heaters. Be very careful with portable heaters
  • Windows with blinds. Ensure cords are out of reach
  • Loose objects such as lamps, plants or ornaments. Be aware any objects that the toddler could pull on top of him
  • Install carbon monoxide detectors at least 15 feet away from fuel-burning appliances
  • Install a Smoke detector
  • Cords from all electrical equipment such as answering machines, phones and lamps should be safely out of reach
  • Tablecloths are a potential hazard as they can be pulled 
  • Use Fire guards where appropriate
  • Lock away matches and lighters
  • Stone or brick fireplaces are a potential hazard as they can be bumped into 
  • Be aware of the potential hazard of glass - topped coffee tables
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Baby Safety and Home Protection in the Bedrooms
Detailed below are various Babies Safety and Home Protection considerations which must be adhered to in the bedrooms:

  • Use plugs in unused outlets
  • Use locks for the cabinets and drawers
  • Install a Smoke detector
  • Move objects to high shelves away from a baby's reach
  • Check all furniture and lamps for stability
  • Windows with blinds. Ensure cords are out of reach
  • Loose objects such as lamps, plants or ornaments. Be aware any objects that the baby could pull on top of him
  • Cords from all electrical equipment such as phones and lamps should be safely out of reach
  • Install a safety gate to prevent access to an older child's bedroom

Baby Safety and Home Protection in the Laundry Room
Detailed below are various Home Protection considerations which must be adhered to in the laundry room:

  • Install locks to prevent access
  • Install locks on any cupboards containing toxic materials
  • Use Child Safety caps on any bottles containing toxic fluids
  • Never leave the iron on the ironing board
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Baby Safety and Home Protection - Used or second hand infant furniture - potential hazards
Some potential safety hazards that must be taken into consideration.

  • The age of the used furniture. The latest up to date safety inspection procedures and regulations ensure that baby furniture adheres to the highest safety regulations. This is not the case with older furniture.
  • Painted used infant furniture. Not recommended due the possibility of paint or lead poisoning
  • Used infant furniture with loose joints. Not recommended due the possibility of causing an injury.
  • Cribs with bars more than 2 inches apart. Not recommended due the possibility of causing strangulation
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Baby Safety and Protection in the Car
Detailed below are various Safety and Home Protection considerations which must be adhered to in the car:

  • Baby's Car seat - Ensure that these are installed safely and correctly
  • Baby's Car seat - Ensure it is the correct size for the child
  • Always put babies on the backseat;
  • Never leave your child alone in the car
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Checklists for New Born Babies !
We have tried to compile a really useful set of checklists indicating quantities as well as content. We have also added useful information on each category such as the sections on this page relating to Baby Safety and Home Protection. The checklists have been categorised into the following sections - please click the link of your choice for more useful and non commercial information:

Baby Clothes Checklist and Information
Baby Furniture Checklist and Information
Baby Toys Checklist and Information
Baby Feeding Checklist and Information
Bathing Baby Checklist and Information
Baby Travel Checklist and Information
Health and Baby Care Checklist and Information
Diapers Checklist and Information
Baby Development Chart

Baby Safety and Home Protection
We hope that the information supplied on this page will prove useful in relation to Home Protection. It is a good idea to have a safety inspection once every month and check your home and its potential pitfalls and dangers and concentrate on what you will need to do to ensure you have done everything in relation to Safety and Home Protection.

 
 
 

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