Cooler weather is here and kids are playing indoors more often. Is your house safe? Whether you have young children who visit or you’re bringing home a new baby, fall is a good time to reduce the risk of injury inside your house. It’s also good to make sure your safety efforts and devices are up to standard and in good working condition. Jessica Strong, the Community Outreach Manager at Primary Children’s Hospital, stopped by KUTV with a fall child-proofing checklist:
• Use an infant sleep sack instead of loose blankets to keep baby warm.
• Remove pillows and all other loose items (blankets, toys) from an infant’s sleep area to reduce the risk of suffocation.
• No older cribs w/drop sides
• Cover all radiators and baseboard heaters with childproof screens.
• Keep electrical space heaters at least 3 feet from beds, curtains, or anything flammable.
• Use a carbon monoxide alarm to help prevent poisoning.
Other safety measures
• Learn CPR and first aid.
• Be sure your safety gates are up to current standards to help prevent falls down stairs and keep children from entering rooms and other areas with possible dangers.
• Replace older safety gates that are large enough to entrap a child’s head and neck.
• Use Anti-Scald Devices for faucets and shower heads and set your water heater temperature to 120 degrees Fahrenheit to help prevent burns.
• Use corner bumpers on furniture and fireplaces to help prevent injuries from falls against sharp edges.
• Install wall anchors to avoid furniture and appliance tip-overs.
• Cordless window coverings are recommended to help prevent strangulation.
• If your blinds were installed in 2000 or earlier and you cannot afford cordless window coverings, visit the Window Covering Safety Council.
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