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Keeping Kids Safe at Home

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With a little common sense, you can make sure your home is always safe and secure for your children. With some simple, easy and inexpensive changes, you can minimize the risks that send nearly nine million children to emergency rooms every year for home injuries.

Walls and floors safety

  • Eliminate peeling or cracked paint, which could contain lead.
  • Make sure carpet is secured to floors and stairs.

Door and window safety

  • Install pinch guards on doors.
  • Remove rubber tips from door stops (choking hazard) or install one-piece door stops.
  • Place doorknob covers on doors to prevent toddlers from leaving the house.
  • Put markers on glass doors so they won't be mistaken for an open door.
  • Install childproof locks on sliding doors.
  • Install safety bars or window guards on upper-story windows (be certain they can be opened in the event of a fire).

Stairway safety

  • Install safety gates at the top and bottom of every stairway.
  • Keep stairways clear of tripping hazards, such as loose carpeting or toys.
  • Place guards on banisters and railings if your child can fit through the rails.
  • Make sure all railings and banisters are secure.

Electrical safety

  • Keep electrical cords secure against walls.
  • Keep televisions, computers, etc., secure against walls to prevent tip overs.

Heating and cooling

  • Cover radiators and baseboard heaters with childproof screens.
  • Secure gas fireplaces with a valve cover or key.
  • Have a screen or other barrier in front of all working fireplaces.
  • Keep electric space heaters at least three feet from beds and curtains.
  • Install a carbon monoxide detector in your home.

Keep in mind that every home is different. This list is a starting point to encourage you to think about ways to make your home safer for children. Additional safety tips for your home are available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Child Safety Network.

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