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Is your house safe for baby?

Posted on: April 24, 2009

Photo by Photo by christgr

Photo by Photo by christgr

Every parent wants to keep their children safe from harm, but a new study shows that nearly nine out of 10 parents have bought unsafe toys for their babies.   To help parents understand the most-common dangers facing their baby and what they can do to protect against them, the Home Safety Council offered several great tips…

Safe Sleep Tips
Research found that an alarming number of new parents put their babies to sleep in cribs with potential suffocation hazards, including: blankets (68 percent), bumpers (47 percent) and stuffed animals (34 percent). Follow the tips below to create a safe place for your baby to sleep:

  • Put babies to sleep on their backs. Keep pillows, blankets and toys out of cribs. Do not hang anything with strings or ribbons over cribs. Mobiles should be removed once the baby starts to sit up.
  • Keep baby monitors and other cords a safe distance from the crib.
  • Put a carbon monoxide (CO) alarm near the bedrooms. A CO alarm will tell you if the gas level is too high.
  • Make sure to have working smoke alarms inside or near every bedroom. Test each smoke alarm every month. Put new batteries in your smoke alarms at least one time each year.
  • If your smoke alarms are more than 10 years old, replace them with new smoke alarms.

Nursery Safety Tips

  • Children can choke on small things. If something is small enough to fit in a toilet paper tube, it is not safe for little children. Look in every room of your home. Pick up small items like buttons, coins, jewelry and small toys.
  • Never leave the baby alone on the changing table, even for a second. Always use safety straps on high chairs, changing tables and strollers.
  • All pictures should be secured out of reach. Don’t hang pictures or other heavy decorations directly over a crib.
  • Keep cribs, beds, chairs and other furniture away from windows.
    Install a baby gate at the nursery door.
  • Replace all door stops that have removable caps that can pose a choking hazard.

Safe Bathing Tips
Many new parents don’t realize babies can drown in as little as one inch of water. In fact, one in five (20 percent) new parents surveyed didn’t know they should never leave their baby unattended in the bath tub, even if there is no water in it. Follow the Home Safety Council’s advice to keep your baby safe while bathing:

  • Drowning can happen very fast. Most of the time you will not hear someone drowning. Stay within an arm’s reach of young children when they are in or near water.
  • Hot water burns like fire. Set your home water heater at 120 degrees F or just below the medium setting to prevent burns. Use a water thermometer to test bath water. The water temperature should be no more than 100 degrees F.
  • Babies and young children have delicate skin. Install special tub spouts and shower heads that prevent hot water burns.

New and expecting parents can test their safety knowledge online by taking the Home Safety Council’s “New Parent Know-How: Baby Safety Quiz.” After completing the quiz, parents can visit to learn what they can do to create a safe haven for their growing family.


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