7 Steps to Ensuring Your Home Is Childproofed

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Most Common Concerns

According to the Centers for Disease Control, the most common causes of fatal home injuries to young children are: fire and burns, suffocation, drowning, choking, falls, poisoning, and firearms.
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Install and maintain smoke/carbon monoxide detectors (check batteries and test according to manufacturer’s instructions), cook with common sense, don’t bring your child in the kitchen, turn in pot handles, use back burners when possible, and buy a bath thermometer to test water before submerging your child.

Suffocation

Infants should sleep on their backs on a firm surface, preferably in a crib or bassinet that is void of stuffed animals, blankets, loose bedding, or obvious hazards like cord, string, or plastic. Don’t sleep in bed with your child.

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Andrew Lisa

Andrew Lisa is a freelance writer living in Los Angeles. He writes about childcare and gives merchandise advice, such as how to find the right nursery crib.