Child Proofing Your Home
When inspecting your home for possible hazards, it is a good idea to get on your knees and view your home as your child would see it. Safety options include electrical outlet covers, cabinet and drawer latches, toilet latches, fireplace covers and padded strips to be placed on furniture that has sharp edges.
Placement of furniture is another concern. Be certain to place cords from blinds, electrical cords and breakable objects out of the reach of children. Remember that children are very curious and should not be left unsupervised.
Be cautious when selecting plants for your home as many are toxic. If your home has pets indoors, be certain that children cannot access litter boxes, pet medications, or pet foods.
Have fun in the sun but don't get burned! Always remember to use sunscreen on children over six months of age (SPF 15 or greater with both UVA and UVB protection). Sunscreen should be reapplied after swimming. For children under six months of age, keep them in the shade. Use hats, and loose, long-sleeved clothing to keep them sun free.
Make sure that all pools are enclosed to prevent accidental drowning and never allow children to swim unsupervised. The Centers for Disease Control recommends using life jackets rather than water wings. Take children for frequent bathroom breaks or diaper checks and they should refrain from swimming if they have diarrhea. Children should shower before and after swimming. Do not allow your child to swallow pool water. Remember that safety is very important … keep an eye on your children at all times!