Keep your home safe for babies and children. Share this checklist with anyone who cares for your child. Keep emergency phone numbers (doctor, fire department, poison control and 911) close to the phone. Teach your older children how and when to call 911 or other emergency numbers.
Watch Your Baby Closely
- Never leave a child alone at home, in a bathtub or in a car, even when the child is sleeping.
- Never leave a baby on a raised surface such as a bed, changing table, or sofa.
- Baby could move or roll and fall.
- Do not leave a baby alone with pets.
All Rooms of the House
- Put safety latches on all cabinets and drawers that contain sharp or breakable objects, chemicals or medicines.
- Put outlet covers on all electrical outlets.
- Put a baby gate at the top and bottom of all stairways.
- Cover corners and sharp edges of furniture with corner protectors.
- Keep items such as electrical cords and plants out of childrens reach.
- Put screens around hot radiators, stoves, kerosene or space heaters.
Nursery and Clothing Safety
- Buy baby furniture with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) or the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) label.
- Use a crib mattress that fits snugly. Secure side rail latches when up.
- Do not lay a baby on a waterbed, pillow or other soft surface that could suffocate the baby.
- Place baby on back or side to sleep.
- Remove drawstrings in clothing. Do not put necklaces, rings or bracelets on babies.
- Use flame retardant pajamas.
- Never prop a bottle during a feeding.
- Never tie a ribbon or cord around a babys neck to hold a pacifier.
- Keep small objects away from baby. If objects can fit into a toilet paper roll, they are too small for your baby.
- Check toys to be sure they are for the right age of your child.
- Buy flame resistant, washable, non-toxic toys.
- Kitchen and Bathroom Safety
- Keep hot drinks and foods, knives, and electrical objects out of childrens reach.
- Adjust the temperature on the water heater to 120º F or less.
- Use a baby tub for at least the first 5 months. Then use a tub seat when your baby is big enough to bathe in a tub. Never leave your child alone in the tub.
- Check that the bath water is warm, not hot and use only a small amount of water in the tub.
- Store medicines and vitamins out of childrens reach in a locked drawer or cabinet.
- Never give home remedies or medicine to your baby without first checking with a doctor.
- Check with your babys doctor for the right medicine dose for babys age or weight.
- Always use approved child safety seats for your childs age and weight. Place babies in a rear-facing seat. Check with your local Childrens Hospital, health department or fire department to have someone check that the seat is in the car the right way.
- Never hold a baby or child on your lap while riding in a car or truck.
- Everyone in the car should wear a seat belt.
- Keep matches and lighters out of your childs reach.
- Check smoke detectors each month and change the batteries each year.
- Plan more than one escape route from each room in the house.