Keep Your Home Safe for Your Baby (Part II)

There are many things to consider when keeping your home safe for your child.

Toys

Pick cautiously when shopping for toys. Buy toys that are appropriate and well-made for your child’s age.

Don’t get toys that have little parts, sharp edges, or sharp points.

Young children twist, pull, and prod toys. Look for toys with really secured parts.

Pay attention to the safety information on the toy or labels.

Avoid games with balls, marbles, and other toys that have parts tinier than 1 3/4 inches in diameter or littler than two inches long. These products can choke infants if swallowed.

Keep toys for older children away from infants and babies.

Bathroom

Since small children can drown in very little water, you must always stay with your infant when he or she is in the bathtub. Never, ever leave your little one alone or with an older child in the tub or bathroom, not even for a minute. If you have to answer the door or phone, take your child with you.

Always test the water before putting your young child in the tub. Infants and babies have tender skin and can easily burn if the water in the tub is too hot. Place your water heater at 120°F or less.

Add non-skid rubber decals or mats to the bottom of your bathtub to lessen the risk of your little one slipping while in the tub. Be sure your child sits during his or her bath. Encourage this by giving your child water-safe toys to play with.

Put a lock on the lid of your toilet to prevent your infant from falling in.

Keep electrical items such as hair dryers away from the water. Unplug them when not in usage.

Be sure your little one never run in the bathroom. Your floor or your child could be wet and cause injury to him or herself.

 

 Keep Your Home Safe for Your Baby (Part I)

If you have a baby in your home, you need to be sure he or she stays safe. Children don’t realize the danger. And as they grow, babies’ curious grows. Because of these things, you might need to change some things in your home to be sure she or he doesn’t get hurt.

Go into every room in your home and look for hazards to your infant. Here’s a list of some things that might require your attention.

Bedroom

Remove any cords that could get around your infant’s neck. Tie up drape cords, electric cords, or curtain cords so they are no more than six inches long and out of your child’s reach. Hanging and mobile crib toys must also be kept out of your infant’s reach. Remove strings on pacifiers and crib toys.

The crib is the chief piece of furniture in the bedroom. Select a crib with bars not over 2 3/8 inches apart. If the space between the bars is too big, your baby might slip through and strangle between the bars. Use a ruler to measure the width of the space between the bars. Put a cloth between the bars if they are too wide.

Make sure your baby stays safe when they’re sleeping in their crib.

When setting up the crib, put it away from anything with cords.

The crib must not have corner posts that stick up. Corner posts are a part of the crib that can catch onto items that might wrap around a child’s neck or catch onto the child’s clothing. Take off the corner posts.

The mattress has to fit snugly against the crib’s sides. A baby can suffocate if its body or head gets wedged between the mattress and the sides of the crib. No more than two fingers must fit between the mattress and the crib sides. Put towels in the space if the space is too big.

Be Safe During a Flood

Flooding may be an unavoidable act of mother nature but taking steps to stay safe is not.

Every year, more deaths happen due to flooding than any other peril related to thunderstorms. The most common flood deaths happen when an automobile is driven into dangerous floodwater. Luckily, you can take steps to protect yourself and your family.

During a Flood Watch or Warning

Listen to your local TV station for updates.

Have immunization records handy (or know the year of your last tetanus shot).

Gather emergency supplies.

Store immunization records in a waterproof container.

Prepare an emergency water and food supply. Have at least one gallon of water per day for every person and every pet. Prepare at least a 3-day supply.

Bring in outdoor possessions like trash cans, lawn furniture, grills) or tie them down tightly.

If evacuation appears necessary: cut off all utilities at the main power switch and close the main gas valve.

After Flooding Happens

Don’t drive through standing water and flooded areas.

Do not drink flood water, or use it to brush teeth, wash dishes, or wash/prepare food.

If you evacuated: return to your residence only after local authorities have said it is safe to do so.

Listen to water advisory to see if your water is safe for bathing and drinking.

During a water advisory, use only boiled or bottled water for cooking, drinking, etc.

The initial damage due to a flood is not the only danger. Standing floodwater can also bring chemical hazards, spread infectious diseases, and cause injuries.

After you return home if you discover that your house was flooded, practice safe cleaning. Remove and throw out insulation and drywall that was contaminated with floodwater. Throw out items that can’t be cleaned and washed with a bleach solution. This includes pillows, mattresses, carpeting, and stuffed toys. Homeowners might want to temporarily store items outside of the house until insurance claims can be filed.