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Home Safety Checklist for Toddlers

on Nov 05, 2014

It’s so exciting when your little ones start getting up and walking around. It’s also a little scary.

Take a look at how to limit their risk in the home:

  1. Are safety gates installed at the top and bottom all stairs? Plastic gates protect toddlers from falling and don’t run the risk of splinters like wooden ones do.
  2. Is there a smoke-free policy in your home? Second-hand smoke isn’t good for anyone, but is especially dangerous to small humans with small lungs.
  3. Are all areas with lead paint out of reach? Kids like to chew on everything, including walls and corners. If you live in an old home that was painted while lead was still the standard, then make sure that paint is removed in any areas within reach.
  4. Are all cleaners and household chemicals out of reach of children, and stored according to the label instructions?
  5. Are all medications out of reach and secured with child-proof caps? Medications can lethally poison a child, as can alcohol and illegal drugs. Make sure you know what you and your guests have left lying around.
  6. Are outlets protected by sliding safety latches? Typically outlet plugs are dangerous since they provide a choking hazard. Instead, replace the whole covers with latches.
  7. Are extension cords protected? Any unused outlets on a cord should be covered in electrical tape.
  8. Is any standing water secured? Toilets should be secured with safety latches. Swimming pools should be surrounded by tall and strong fences. Hot tubs should have a hard and sturdy cover. Wading pools should be drained and placed upright when not in use, to prevent them from collecting rainwater.
  9. Are any dangerous or sharp objects in any lower cupboards? Ideally, knives should be placed in high locking cupboards.
  10. Can you restrict access to the kitchen when necessary? Toddlers can crawl up too close to the stove and be burned.
  11. Are all small objects picked up from the floor or moved from lower shelves to a safe location? Small objects present a choking hazard.
  12. Have you invested in home security measures like locking windows and alarm systems?
  13. Is it easy to check under your furniture on a regular basis? You should thoroughly check the floor every day, especially after guests have visited, to make sure no small objects have fallen out of pockets.
  14. Are all tilt-able pieces of furniture bolted to the wall? Bookcases are particularly dangerous.
  15. Are all blind pull-cords shortened to be out of the child’s reach? These cords can get wrapped around toddlers’ necks.
  16. Are your blinds new? Blinds made before the year 2000 lack a safety feature that prevents children from becoming stuck between the slats. Get new ones.
  17. Are windows secured with locks and guards? Screens are not good enough.
  18. Is your coat area outside the child’s access? Children can easily go through pockets and purses, finding medications and other small choking hazzards. Ask your guests to keep their articles outside of the reach of your children.
  19. Do you have a working fire alarm? Commit to testing it once a month.
  20. Do you have a working fire extinguisher? Make sure it is in date.
  21. Do you have a fire escape route? Practice it.