Safety checklist for the new arrival

January 31, 2008

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This checklist addresses safety issues in and around the home. You do not have to change everything in your house – just be aware of the dangers!

General

· gate for stairs; you may want to consider one at the top and one at the bottom of the stairs

· make sure the bars of the banister rail are not too far apart

· socket covers

· no poisonous/prickly plants, such as the Swiss Cheese Plant

· non-skid matting under rugs

· protective caps on edges/corners of tables

· lockable window handles

· security glass in door panels

Kitchen

· cleaning chemicals, plastic bags, bin liners, batteries etc should be stored in a lockable cupboard or out of reach

· do not put harmful substances in old drink bottles or food containers

· when cooking always turn pots and pan handles towards the back of the hob

· cupboard door and drawer safety catches

· do not leave the leads from kitchen equipment trailing over the edge of the work surface i.e. kettles

Utility Room

· always store heavy machines in a safe place

· beware of trailing cables

· all chemicals should be stored in a locked cupboard

· best of all: lock the door!

Bathroom and Toilet

· all medicines should be in a locked cabinet

· adjust the hot water thermostat so that a child cannot be scalded

· non-slip mats in the bath and for the bathroom floor

· cleaning chemicals should be stored in a locked cupboard or on high shelves

Child’s Bedroom

· shelf units and wardrobes should be screwed to the walls

· put heavy objects on the lowest shelves

· put toys where they can be easily reached

Visit http://www.babysbest.co.uk/Articles/ for more baby safety information!

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