Child Proofing

Unintentional injury is the No. 1 killer of children in the U.S. But prevention can eliminate almost all of these injuries. Here are some childproofing products and resources to keep your children safe at home.

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Baby-Proofing Around the Home

Use safety gates at the top and bottom of stairs and in the doorways of rooms with hazards. Gates with expanding pressure bars should be placed away from baby.

Use doorknob covers to keep children away from rooms and other areas with hazards, such as swimming pools. Be careful, though, that these devices are easy for adults to use in case of emergency.

Put corner and edge bumpers on furniture and other items like a fireplace hearth to protect against injury.

Place furniture away from high windows so children won’t climb onto windowsills. Screens aren’t strong enough to keep children from falling through windows.

Make sure window blinds do not have looped cords -- they can be strangulation hazards for children. Blinds, shades, and draperies purchased before 2001 should be repaired or replaced. Also, always lock blinds into position whether they are all the way up or down.

Remove free-falling lids from toy chests, which should have a lid that stays open or a very light, removable one. Prevent furniture from tipping by securing bookcases, shelving, and heavy furniture to walls with brackets and anchors. When storing items, put heavier items on bottom shelves and in bottom drawers.
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