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Kitchen safety

An important part of good parenting is providing a safe home for your child. I have some safety tips for you to make sure that your family is on the safe side.
This episode is about the kitchen safety:

  • Keep knives, forks, scissors, and other sharp tools in a drawer with a childproof latch.
  • Have you installed a dishwasher lock so kids can’t open it while it’s running and can’t reach?
  • Install a stove lock and have knob protectors placed on the stove knobs.
  • Position chairs and step stools away from the stove.
  • Turn pot handles on the stove inward and place them on back burners where kids can’t reach them. If you get a phone call while cooking, turn off the heat and take your child with you out of the kitchen.
  • Store glass objects, and appliances with sharp blades, on high shelves in the kitchen closets.
  • Fix a childproof latch on the garbage can.
  • Have all appliances unplugged when not in use, and make sure that the sockets are out of children’s reach.
  • Store all medicine bottles in a high cabinet far from reach, make sure they are tightly closed.
  • Store matches, lighters, and candles in a locked cabinet.
  • Free the cabinet under the sink of all chemicals. That includes cleaning supplies, bug sprays, dishwasher detergent, and dishwashing liquids.
  • Store plastic garbage bags and sandwich bags out of children’s reach.
  • Make sure all small objects are out of reach.
  • Install childproof latches on all cabinet doors.
  • Install a fire extinguisher. Learn how to use it. Remember: never use water to extinguish oil or electric fires.
  • Have a safety belt for your child’s highchair.
  • Always wear cotton clothes while cooking. And make sure your baby’s clothes are 100% cotton too.

Wishing you and your family all health and safety.

Wall & Floor Safety

 

An important part of good parenting is providing a safe home for your child.

I have some safety tips for you to make sure that your family is on the safe side.

This episode discusses general rules around the house.

 

Walls & Floors:

  • Make sure that the wall paint contains no lead. Repair any cracking or peeling paint immediately.
  • Remove any nails in the walls within the reach of children.
  • Make sure that mirrors and frames are hung securely.
  • Secure carpets to floors and fit them with anti-slip pads.

Doors & Windows:

  • Install finger-pinch guards on doors.
  • Install one-piece door stops (not the ones with rubber tips that could be swallowed)
  • Place doorknob covers on doors, and keep unsafe rooms always locked with keys hanging away from children’s reach.
  • Stick or paint colorful sings on all glass doors in the house so they won’t be mistaken for open doors.
  • Have childproof locks on sliding doors, and door stops securing them when they are open.
  • Have window guards installed on upper-floor windows.
  • Fix window stops to keep the windows from closing all the way.
  • Secure window-blind cords with clothespins or clips.

Furniture:

  • Secure bookshelves and other furniture with wall brackets so they can’t be tipped over.
  • Fix protective padding on corners of furniture pieces that have sharp edges.
  • Fix safety hinges on closet doors to prevent them from closing.
  • Have flat screen TVs mounted securely on the wall, and older, heavy TVs on a low, stable piece of furniture.
  • Fix stops on all removable drawers to prevent them from falling out. Or avoid buying drawer chests all together.
  • Keep beds away from windows.

Stairways:

  • Fix safety gates at the top and bottom of every stairway.
  • Clear stairways of tripping hazards, such as loose carpeting and toys.
  • Placed a guard on banisters and railings if your child can fit through the rails.
  • Keep the doors of rooms you don’t want the children to enter always locked.

Electrical:

  • Cover electric outlets with safety plugs.
  • Have all major electrical appliances grounded.
  • Make longer cords fastened against walls.
  • Remove overloaded electrical sockets and electrical wires running under carpets.
  • Have televisions screwed to the wall or placed out of children’s reach on sturdy TV tables.

Heating & Cooling Elements:

  • Install a screen on all working fireplaces/heaters/radiators.
  • Have the chimney cleaned regularly.
  • Keep heaters at least 3 feet (about 1 meter) from beds, curtains, or anything flammable.

Emergency Equipment & Numbers:

  • Place a list of emergency phone numbers in every room in the house, and save them on your cell phone.
  • Have a fire extinguisher in the kitchen.
  • Have an emergency ladder for the upper floors.
  • Have smoke detectors and check their batteries regularly.
  • Install a carbon monoxide detector if you use natural gas or have an attached garage.

Other Safety Issues:

  • Remove any potentially poisonous houseplants.
  • Issue a no-smoking rule in your home to protect kids from environmental tobacco smoke and potential fire hazards.
  • When necessary, check your house for lead, radon, asbestos, mercury, mold, and carbon monoxide.
  • If there are guns in the home, place them in a locked cabinet with the key hidden and the ammunition locked separately.
  • Always supervise your child around pets, especially dogs.

 

Wishing you and your family all health and safety.

Bathroom Safety

An important part of good parenting is providing a safe home for your child.

I have some safety tips for you to make sure that your family is on the safe side.

This episode is about Bathroom safety.

  • Set the thermostat on the hot water heater below 120°F (50°C)?
  • Store razor blades, nail scissors, and other sharp tools in a locked cabinet.
  • Install childproof latches installed on all drawers and cabinets.
  • Make sure that the outlets have ground fault circuit interrupters (which protect against electrocution if an electrical appliance gets wet). (If you live in an older home, have an electrician inspect your circuit breaker panel.)
  • Always close toilets after use and if necessary, have a toilet-lid lock on the toilet.
  • Unplug all hair dryers, curling irons, and electric razors when not in use, and store them in a high closet.
  • Place nonskid mats or strips on the bottoms of bathtubs.
  • Place nonslip pads under rugs to hold them securely to the floor.
  • Store all medications, cosmetics, and cleaners in a locked cabinet.
  • Install a child-safety lock on the washing machine. Unplug it when not in use.
  • Never leave the child alone in the bathtub.
  • Avoid using oils for bathing and showering.

Wishing you and your family all health and safety.

Bedroom Safety

 

An important part of good parenting is providing a safe home for your child.

I have some safety tips for you to make sure that your family is on the safe side.

This episode is about the Child’s Room/your Bedroom safety.

  • Have a safety belt for your baby’s changing table, or change her diapers on the floor.
  • Make sure that all painted furniture and wooden toys are lead-free.
  • Buy a crib with slats less than 2-3/8 inches (6 centimeters) apart, and fix an old duvet onto them, under the mattress.
  • Make sure that the crib is sturdy and secure, and that mattress is firm and flat.
  • Remove soft pillows, large stuffed animals, bumper pads, and soft bedding from the baby’s crib.
  • Remove strings or ribbons off hanging mobiles and crib toys.
  • Make sure the window blinds and curtain cords are tied and secured with special clips or clothespins, and kept well out of reach and away from cribs.
  • Have dressers secured to walls with drawers closed. Never buy high-drawer chests.
  • Have the lids on toy storage containers with a lid support to keep them from slamming shut.
  • Place window guards on all windows.
  • Make sure night-lights are not touching any fabric like bedspreads or curtains.
  • Have your child wear flame-retardant sleepwear, or at least cotton clothes.
  • Install a smoke alarm outside the bedroom and check it every month.
  • Removed all drawstrings from your child’s clothing.
  • Keep all medication bottles, loose pills, coins, scissors, and any small or sharp objects away of kids’ reach.
  • Never use candles.
  • Have a no-smoking indoors policy.

If you own firearms:

  • All firearms should be stored unloaded and in the decocked position.
  • Store ammunition in a separate place and in a securely locked container and keep keys where kids can’t find them.

Wishing you and your family all health and safety.