You & Your Child

Protect Your Baby from Potential Hazards at Home

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Be on the lookout of anything that could harm your baby at home.
May 2017
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Most parents, or soon-to-be parents, are often aware of the obvious baby proofing checklist items: baby gates, electrical outlet covers, cabinet locks, sharp furniture corners, etc. However, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), there are a surprising number of “hidden” hazards around the home.

The CPSC urges parents and caregivers to watch for potential hazards around the home and offers the following tips:

• Corded window blinds: Check your window coverings for exposed or dangling cords and consider replacing them with cordless products. Safety experts recommend using cordless window coverings in homes with young children.

• Magnets: Small powerful magnets, if swallowed, can attract inside the body and block, twist or tear the intestines. Be sure to take note of what is in a child’s play environment that may pose a risk.

• Recalled products: Be aware of the latest safety recalls and get dangerous products out of the home. Sign up for recall notices at www.cpsc.gov.

• Furniture tip-overs: Children will pull and climb on top-heavy furniture, TVs and cabinets that can easily tip over, causing a serious accident. Install anchors and brackets to all pieces of furniture with a tip-over risk.

• Pools and drains: A child can be trapped underwater from the suction of a pool or spa drain. The CPSC encourages parents to inspect pools and spas for missing or broken drain covers and provides pool safety tips at www.poolsafely.gov.

• Older child’s toys: Keep the older sibling's toys in a separate area from babies, in order to prevent them from possibly choking on small pieces.

• Button batteries: A child can swallow a button battery and suffer chemical burns in as little as two hours. Leave all devices with accessible button batteries — watches, remote controls, toys, keyless remote controls, etc. — out of the reach of children.

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