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Tips On Baby-Proofing Your Home

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Is your baby almost a toddler?  If that’s where you’re at, welcome to “Chasing Your Baby 101″.  This is a valuable list, not only for parents, but your friends you visit, family members, and GRANDPARENTS.  Grandparents THINK they know it all, after all, YOU’RE still around, right?  But, it’s always good to go through a checklist and MAKE SURE! is a great website for you to get baby-proofing tips and other helpful information. It’s their mission, the reason they exist.  To keep your little one, safe.  These are just some of the tips from their website, get a checklist here.

Childproofing Tip of the Month: Window Safety – Spring is in the air! With warmer weather approaching, you may be tempted to open windows to get some fresh air. Did you know that windows, even first story windows, can be dangerous to children? Each year, thousands of children are injured and/or killed due to falls out of windows and other window-related accidents. Take the time now to review our window safety tips:

Windows (even first floor windows) pose a falling hazard to children. Children should not have access to open windows; windows that can be opened more than 4″ are hazardous. Use childproofing window guards or window locks on all windows that may be opened.

Keep all windows closed and locked at all times and remove window crank handles from casement windows to help prevent children from opening them. If you use a window fan or air conditioning unit, block access using a baby safety gate such as the Kidco Configure Gate.

Window Blinds: Cords from window blinds should be kept out of children’s reach. Although we prefer to see parents remove window blinds with cords from the home because they are a strangulation risk to children, they can easily be secured out of reach if removal is not possible. NEVER PLACE A CHILD’S CRIB OR BED NEAR THE WINDOW OR WINDOW BLINDS.

Outlets– Create a barrier between children and electrical currents with appropriate childproofing measures. Determine whether your outlets are Standard or Decorator* and:

o If you have outlets constantly in use (i.e. lamp plugged in all the time): We  suggest outlet covers.

o For outlets that are frequently used (i.e. outlet used to plug in vacuum, then remove it): Try sliding outlet plates, which replace your existing outlet plate and have a ‘door’ that slides closed to cover the outlet as soon as an item is unplugged.

o Outlets that are rarely used (usually left unused): Outlet plugs fit snugly inside outlets to prevent access.

* Decorator Outlets have 2 screws, one at top, one at bottom. Standard outlets have one screw, in the middle. For more information regarding electrical outlet safety, please read “Outlet Safety In Your Home” a guide to selecting electrical safety products for your home.

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