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Childproofing Checklist


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A FEW GENERAL TIPS

  • consider hiring a company to help you child-proof
  • get down on hands and knees to detect child-sized hazards
  • use night lights to help prevent falls
  • place outlet covers on all empty electrical outlets
  • unplug cords when not in use and tuck out of way
  • shorten drape and blind cords when not in use
  • cut off drape and blind cords at the knot at end
  • install window guards or locks
  • use gates to keep kids out of any "off-limits" rooms
  • install gates at the top and bottom of stairs
  • if home built in 1978 or earlier, check for lead paint

BATHROOM

  • place rubber-bottom mats in bathroom
  • use rubber mats or non-slip appliqués in bathtub
  • store medicines in childproof containers and in locked cabinets
  • put childproof locks on cabinets
  • close (and preferably lock) toilet lid
  • keep chemicals, cosmetics, and cleaners out of children's reach
  • lower hot water heater temperature to less than 130 degrees
  • keep electrical appliances away from the tub

KITCHEN

  • move plastic bags out of reach
  • put knives and other sharp objects up high
  • store cleaning fluids and chemicals in locked cabinets
  • put childproof locks on cabinets, drawers, and refrigerator
  • turn pot handles away from edge of stove when cooking
  • take knobs off stove when not cooking

OUTDOORS

  • keep sharp gardening implements and tools out of reach
  • store chemicals (fertilizer, oil, pesticides) in a locked cabinet
  • put a fence around your yard to keep kids out of the road
  • put something soft under play set in case kids fall
  • plug up openings of 3+ inches that could trap a child's neck
  • put rubber or plastic tubing around swing chains

WHEN YOU HAVE INFANTS

  • have people wash hands before touching baby for first month
  • make sure crib bedding fits securely to edge of crib
  • check to make sure slats on crib less than 3 inches apart
  • avoid pillows and stuffed animals in crib (smothering risk)
  • prop baby on back when sleeping
  • use stabilizer pillow to keep baby from rolling off surface
  • never leave child unattended on changing table or in bath
  • keep toys with small pieces away from baby

 

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Ramona Creel is a modern Renaissance woman and guru of simplicity -- traveling the country as a full-time RVer, sharing her story of radically downsizing, and inspiring others to regain control of their own lives. As a Professional Organizer and Accountability Coach, Ramona will help you create the time and space to focus on your true priorities -- clearing away the clutter other obstacles and standing in the way of that life you've always wanted to be living. As a Professional Photographer, Ramona captures powerful images of places and people as she travels. And as a travel writer, social commentator, and blogger, she shares her experiences and insights about the world as we know it. You can see all these sides of Ramona -- read her articles, browse through her photographs, and even hire her to help get your life in order -- at www.RamonaCreel.com. And be sure to follow her on Twitter and on Facebook.


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