Child Safety - Keep Kids Safe!
Whatever you're doing in your home, your first priority should be keeping kids safe. The kids should be able to be in their bedrooms without safety concerns. The next most important rooms would be the ones that are frequented the most. If you don't want to child proof every room in your home, then consider ways to keep them out of those rooms.
While they are young enough, or short enough, you can get away with shutting the door, as long as it latches completely. After that you should consider some form of lock that will keep them out when they learn to turn a door knob. Something that will keep them out yet be easy for you to unlatch. If there is no door, then consider using child safety fences temporarily.
Also consider child safety window guards, child safety latches on the cabinets doors and child safety alarms that alert you to opening doors or windows.
Listed below are several resources with ideas and tips for keeping kids safe and child proofing your home along with resources for baby safety products.
Keep Kids Safe - The Consumer Product Safety Commission also has a selection of articles regarding kid's safety, babysitter tips, child proofing your home, tips for shopping at a thrift store for baby items.
Child Proof Your Home - You take your car in for its annual inspection, but when was the last time you inspected your home to see if it passes the childproofing test? Take the Virtual Home Safety Tour.
- FirstGov For Kids - Kid safety is parents and kids number one priority. These links will take you to different areas on how to keep out of harm's way. This is a special section for kids, teens and parents.
- The Safe Nursery - This booklet from the US Consumer Product Safety Commission can help you choose nursery products, use them safely and keep them in good condition. You'll find hints on cribs, toys, baby gates, high chairs, playpens, toy boxes, carriers, strollers, cradles, and other baby items. It also includes a checklist. You can read it online as HTML or PDF , or you can order free copy of the print version from Office of Information and Public Affairs, Washington, D.C., 20207
- Food Issues - food handling, in the kitchen, Food born illness and consumer guidelines.
- Crib and Bedding - Checklist and tips for new and used cribs, and crib bedding.
- Toys - several booklets regarding the various toys for children.
- Products Recalls - Recalls and product news. This list is unbelievably long. But definitely check it out. It has a search function so you can search by product, date etc.
- Window Coverings - The Window Covering Safety Council has an article titled Safety & Design Tips as well as more information on selecting or repairing window treatments for safety. They also have a free window covering safety kit you can order.
- National Safe Kids Campaign - You can look up Laws and Regulations by state, and find Coalitions and Events in your area. They also have a FAQ with information on choosing and using Car Seats for your kids.
- Poison - Protect your child from poison in your home.
- Poison Information - from Medline Plus.