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Safety by Room
Family Room:

  1. __Have a working smoke and CO detector, be sure the CO alarm is at least 15 feet away from any fuel-burning appliance.
  2. __ Place space heaters at least 3 feet away from flammable materials.
  3. __ Secure tall and heavy furniture to the walls with furniture straps/brackets.

Kitchen

  1. __ Place space heaters at least 3 feet away from flammable materials.
  2. __ Keep hot foods and liquids away from edges of counters or tables.
  3. __ Cook with pots and pans on back burners and turn the handles to the back of the stove.
  4. __ Never carry children and hot foods or liquids at the same time.
  5. __ Store vitamins, medicines, and household products locked up or out of children's reach.
  6. __ Avoid giving small, round, and hard foods to young children.
  7. __ Store sharp objects safely out of reach.
  8. __ Empty all buckets after use and store them upside down.
  9. __ Make sure the highchair is sturdy and has a safety belt.

Bedrooms

  1. __ Have a working smoke alarm and CO detector. Make sure the CO alarm is at least 15 feet away from any fuel-burning appliance.
  2. __ Place space heaters at least 3 feet away from flammable materials.
  3. __ Store vitamins, medicines, and household products locked or out of children's reach. Don't overlook poisonous items you may have in your nightstand.
  4. __ Secure tall and heavy furniture to the walls using furniture straps/brackets.

Nursery/Child Bedroom

  1. __ Have a working smoke alarm and CO detector. Make sure the CO alarm is at least 15 feet away from any fuel-burning appliance.
  2. __ Eliminate openings more than 3 1/2 inches in headboards or furniture.
  3. __ Use a small parts tester to determine if a small toy or toy part is a hazard for children ages 3 and under.
  4. __ Lay your baby on his or her back to sleep and to keep him/her warm, use a sleep sack (wearable blankets).
  5. __ Remove all stuffed animals, bumper pads, hanging mobiles, toys, pillows, extra sheets and blankets from the crib.
  6. __ The sides of mesh playpens and portable cribs are always kept up in the locked position.
  7. __ Keep all baby supplies, diapers, and toiletries within your reach, yet out of baby's reach.
  8. __ Place all furniture, especially the crib, playpen, changing table, and chairs away from windows, draperies, heating sources, and electrical cords.
  9. __ Remove any strings on baby's products, including pacifiers, bibs, and toys.
  10. __ Give your child age-appropriate and well maintained toys.
  11. __ Use toy chest with removable lids or spring-loaded supports.

Bathrooms

  1. __ Consider putting anti-scald devices on faucets.
  2. __ Seat your child facing away from the faucet so he/she won't try to turn it on.
  3. __ Test the bathwater with your wrist or elbow before bathing your child.
  4. __ Never leave your child unattended in the bathroom and always keep one hand on him/her during bath time.
  5. __ Store vitamins, medicines, and personal care products locked up or out of children's reach.
  6. __ Use toilet lock and close all doors to bathrooms.
  7. __ Empty all buckets after use and store them upside down.
  8. __ Use a non-skid rug on the floor and non-skid mat in the bathtub/shower floor.
  9. __ Buy products with child-resistant caps.

Garage

  1. __ Store all dangerous, poisonous, and flammable products such as gasoline, antifreeze, pesticides, and fertilizers locked up and out of children's reach.
  2. __ Keep containers of flammable liquids such as paint and cleaning solvents stored tightly in their original containers away from ignition sources such as furnaces and water heaters.
  3. __ Install an automatic garage door opener with an approved fail-safe mechanism.
  4. __ Don't warm up your car inside the garage; do it outside instead.
  5. __ Install a carbon monoxide detector in your garage.

Backyard

  1. __ Make sure your pool has a foursided fence and a self-closing, self-latching gate.
  2. __ Cover and lock hot tubs when not in use.
  3. __ Install protection to prevent entrapment if you own a pool or hot tub. For new pools or hot tubs, install multiple drains or use a no-drain circulation system. If you have drains, use protective measures like anti-entrapment drain covers and a safety vacuum release system.
  4. __ Inflatable pools should be surrounded by a fence, just like any other pool, and emptied when not in use.
  5. __ Have 12 inches of shock-absorbing materials such as sand, pea size gravel, wood chips, mulch, or shredded rubber extending at least 6 feet in all directions from play equipment.