Targeting Danger Zones
- Keep highchairs away from dangling cords, hot stoves or any potential hazards. And always strap kids in.
- Anyone living in earthquake sensitive areas must pay special attention to securing bookcases, electronics, media equipment, glass picture frames and other furniture.
- Even if you’ve done your research, items may be proven unsafe later on. Keep up to date on infant product recalls as well as toy hazard recalls at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
- Pools and jacuzzis: surround pools with fencing that’s at least 4 feet tall. Consider installing alarms that will sound if anything hits the water, suggest staff at the Mayo Clinic. You might also enable your household alarm to include the door out to the pool. “[U]se a firm, solid pool cover that will safely hold a child’s weight,” says Dr. Sears.
- Stop using plastic bags around the house for storage or in low trashcans. Immediately dispose of dry-cleaning bags.