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how to childproof your home?

Source: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)

Below are some child safety devices that can help prevent many injuries to young children:

-- use smoke detectors on every level of your home and near bedrooms to alert you to fires.

-- use safety gates to help prevent falls down stairs and to keep children away from dangerous areas.

-- use window guards and safety netting to help prevent falls from windows, balconies, decks, and landings.

-- cut window blind cords and use safety tassels to help prevent children from strangling in blind cord loops.

-- use outlet covers and outlet plates to help protect children from electrical shock and possible electrocution.

-- use corner and edge bumpers to help prevent injuries from falls against sharp edges of furniture and fireplaces.

-- use carbon monoxide (CO) detector outside bedrooms to help prevent CO poisoning, especially if you have gas or oil heater.

-- use door stops and door holders to help prevent small fingers and hands from being pinched or crushed in doors and door hinges.

-- use door knob covers and door locks to help prevent children from entering rooms and other areas with possible dangers such as swimming pools.

-- use a cordless phone to make it easier to watch young children, especially when they are in bathtubs, swimming pools, or other potentially dangerous areas.

-- use anti-scald devices for faucets and shower heads and set your water heater temperature to 120 degrees Fahrenheit to help prevent burns from hot water.

-- use safety latches and locks for cabinets and drawers in kitchens, bathrooms, and other areas to help prevent children from gaining access to medicines and household cleaners, as well as knives and other sharp objects.





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