Childproofing your home is an ongoing project. However, it is vital to the continued health of your child. Accidents and accidental poisonings are the major cause of death in children under the age of 5.
CHILDPROOF YOUR HOME
Check the house carefully for anything that could possibly be dangerous to young children. This is an ongoing project. You must continually update your precautions to stay one step ahead of your child’s development.
- Keep all cleaning products high up and out of reach, preferably in a locked cabinet. Use low
cabinets for pots and pans, canned goods, etc.
- In the garage, leave all solvents and petroleum products (gasoline, paint thinner, paints, lighter
fluid, etc.) in tightly closed containers and totally out of the child’s reach. Don’t put them in pop
bottles, which a child may think is a treat!
- ALL medications (including aspirin and vitamins) should be kept in childproof bottles in a locked
cabinet. Never call medicine candy.
- Many common household plants are poisonous. Keep them high up and out of reach.
- Put plastic covers over electric outlets. Keep electric cords tucked behind furniture, where
toddlers cannot pull on them.
- Keep pot handles turned away from the edge of the stove. Be careful that children are not
around when the door of a hot oven is opened.
- Never do ironing when young children are awake and crawling around.
- Keep guns in a locked cabinet. Keep ammunition in a separate locked cabinet.
- Keep cosmetics, cigarettes, matches, etc. out of children’s reach.
- Keep stairways protected by gates.
- Be careful when using any appliance or machinery with children close by.
- Keep small toys and coins out of reach of small children; they can put them in their mouth and choke on them.
- Do not leave nuts or hard candies where young children can reach them; children under the age of 3 frequently choke on them.
- Watch very carefully for small children when driving in or out of the driveway.
- In the car, make sure children are always properly restrained. Use a car seat for younger children and seat belts for the older ones.
- Never leave children alone in the house or car.
- Use a rear facing infant seat for infants until they are at least 1 year old and at least 20 pounds. Some studies suggest that kids are actually safer to be rear-facing until TWO years of age.
- Use a forward facing child safety seat for kids over 1 year old and between 20-40 pounds. Booster seats are for children who have exceeded the height or weight limit of their forward-facing seat.
- Use a booster seat until they are at least 8 years old AND 80 pounds.
- Lab and shoulder belts are for kids who are at least 8 years old and 80 pounds.
IN CASE OF ACCIDENT OR ACCIDENTAL POISONING, call our office or one of the emergency
numbers listed below:
Oregon Poison Control: 1-800-222-1222