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7 Ways to Make Your Living Room Safer
- Tape or cushion sharp corners, edges and angular pieces of furniture. You might consider moving particularly dangerous pieces (like low coffee tables or end tables) out of areas where your child commonly plays.
- Carpeted floors offer greater traction for fast-moving feet (and potentially fewer bruised knees), but do be careful of rugs with long tassels, fringe or other loose strings.
- Find cord keepers or blind winders to contain cords attached to blinds or drapery. Alternately, you can cleat, tape or tie them up and out of reach.
- Furniture falls were responsible for over 14,000 accidents last year. Any large pieces in danger of falling if a toddler climbs up on them should be anchored down. Bookcases are especially in need of anchoring, as are flat screen televisions. You may want to anchor desktop computers as well.
- Use slide covers or box covers for any electrical outlets in use. Plug up any that you do not use and use box covers for power strips.
- Any items within a child’s grasp that are breakable or pose a danger should be moved. This may include glass lamps, vases, decorative objects, ceramics, or other items. Also be careful with plants that may be poisonous, heavy books and firewood.
- Windows should not be left open more than a few inches. If possible, open windows from the top.