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How to child-proof your home


Published on 14 June 2010


Here’s how:

  • Make sure you keep the sides of crib and playpen up.
  • Do not use pillow or bolster for infants. Blankets should have holes for vengilation just in case they cover over the toddlers’ head
  • Avoid baby walkers – they are dangerous and can tip over.
  • Avoid loose clothing and jewellery that may get entangled and cause strangulation.
  • Don’t let your child play with plastic bags.
  • Ensure toys have no sharp edges or small parts that come off easily.
  • Check for other choking hazards around the home such as coins, buttons etc
  • Remove breakable objects from low tables and shelves that are within your child’s reach.
  • To prevent drowning, empty all water from bathtubs and pails, keep the door to the bathroom closed and never leave your child alone in the bath-tub filled with water.
  • Install grilles on windows if living on high floors and make sure that they are kept locked.
  • Don’t tell your child that the medicine is candy so that he will take it.
  • Cut your child’s food into small bite pieces to prevent choking.
  • Keep all medicines out of your child’s reach.

 

Danger zone – the kitchen


The kitchen is the most hazardous place in the home. Young children should not be allowed into the kitchen especially when you are cooking.
Put dangerous objects and hazardous cleaning chemicals on the high shelves, out of reach of children.

  • Use the back burners and turn pot-handles away from the front of the stove.
  • Be mindful when carrying hot drinks or food.
  • Don’t store poisonous substances in unmarked or food containers.
  • Never use the microwave oven to warm up your baby’s milk bottle or food jars.
  • When using electrical appliances, keep the electrical cord out of your child’s reach. After use, unplug the appliances.

 

 


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