Discover five simple ways to make your home safer for babies and young children.

When you have a baby or young child in the home, it’s important to child-proof and avoid common hazards. Remember, child-proofing has to be customized for every home and its individual features and dangers. Carefully evaluate every room in your home. If you’re not sure where to start, begin with these tips.

1. Avoid recalled furniture and toys
Stay on top of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) list of recalled items. Never purchase used car seats and be aware that older used cribs may fail to meet modern safety standards. Used toys, especially toys that contain small magnets, may not be safe for children even under supervision.

2. Keep all medication and hazardous material out of the reach of children
It takes a serious sweep around your home to remove and lock up substances that could be harmful if swallowed. Make sure all adults and older kids in the home know the poison center's phone number: 1-800-222-1222.

3. Be aware of furniture and appliance dangers
The CPSC reports that on average, a child dies every two weeks from a furniture tipover accident. Heavy television sets on unsteady furniture are a common culprit in these tragic accidents, but as you child-proof your home, you should ensure that any heavy furniture is properly bracketed to the wall.

4. Use caution with blinds and drapery cords
Window blinds present a strangulation hazard to kids. Look for newer models that have complied to recent safety standards. Shop for child-proofing devices that eliminate long, hanging cords to lower and raise blinds.

5. Child-proof sources of electricity
Cover all outlets in the home with sturdy outlet covers to reduce the risk of children inserting fingers and objects into outlets. Keep electrical cords out of reach of kids and teach them from an early age not to play with cords and cables.

Sometimes accidents happen despite the best safety measures. The kid-friendly ER at Alliance is here for you when you need help in an emergency. If you would like help finding a doctor, give our physician referral line a call at 1-855-5NHILLS.

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