20 Things you can do for FREE to make your home a child safe environment today

  1. Clear the clutter from purse, backpack, steps, closets, counters, island, charging station, dishcloths
  2. Get rid of rugs or secure them with a nonslip pad – this includes bathroom, tubs (I recommend stability bars in the bathroom for all kiddos)
  3. Check smoke alarms and CO detector and make sure they are working properly
  4. Install night lights.
  5. Store cleaning products out of reach, make sure they are clearly marked & program Poison Control 1-800-222-1222 into your mobile phone and near the home phone.
  6. Remove hazardous plants (don’t forget poinsettias and mistletoe are poisonous!)
  7. Set water heater to 120 degrees.
  8. Have your car seat safety checked by a certified technician.
  9. Measure openings of rails/child safety gates (<3 1/2”), window openings (<4”), slats on cribs (< 2 3/8”), areas around the crib mattress (fit no more than 2 fingers)
  10. Turn pot handles back and remove stove knobs.
  11. Use lock out features on appliances.
  12. Remove bathroom trash and dry cleaning bags.
  13. Move heavy and fragile objects from shelves
  14. Clean up strings, ropes, electrical cords, blind cords – or remove them
  15. Blow out candles and move liquid candles (ie: Scentsy) out of reach
  16. Develop and practice your fire evacuation plan
  17. Identify choking hazards in your home – do they fit inside a toilet paper roll? Vacuum often, LEARN CPR, and use age appropriate toys
  18. Dress for the car seat. Absolutely no puffy jackets or thick clothing under the harness and straps and no decorating of the car seat with toys and mirrors. These can break loose with the force of an accident and become projectiles in a crash. Best practice is to stay rear-facing as long as possible, until the car seat manufacturer recommended weight and/or height is outgrown. Once you turn your child forward-facing, they are demoted and have less protection in an accident. If a products (head support, toy, mirror, strap covers, seat cover) did not come with the car seat, it was not meant to be used in the car seat and was not crash tested with that product and you will interfere with the safety of that car seat if involved in a crash. Make sure harness straps are at or below the shoulders, chest plate buckle is at armpit level and buckle is snug between the legs when child is rear-facing. Car seat should NOT move more than 1” forward/back or side/side when installed correctly
  19. Remove table runners/cloths/place mats from tables/end tables/buffet tables etc
  20. No amount of childproofing will ever replace proper adult supervision
*This is not an all-inclusive list and is meant to give you a great kick-start to making your home safe for your child. If you need further assistance in childproofing your home or have unique questions that you would like answered please feel free to give us a call at 303-803-5982 www.SafetyMama.com hello@safetymama.com Staci Baker – Owner & Certified Child Safety Specialist National Child Passenger Safety Technician Certified Family Safety Specialist – Age Safe America CPR Certified