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Childproofing Your Home

Keeping children safe at home is paramount ...and every parent should want to do the same.

Kids are curious and with that curiosity can come many dangers ...in every type of home -- especially in high rise apartment buildings. Over 2 million children are injured at home every year. Parents can make their home a sanctuary and ensure that their children are safe.

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, 42 percent of pediatric deaths happen right in a child's own home.

Every child should live in a loving, safe and nurturing environment. Manhattan parents can create that environment.

Childproofing your home for your very young ones will take crawling on the floor and lying down from a child's eye view. By anticipating every danger you can deter tragedies.

Consider hiring a licensed electrician to inspect your home for electrical hazards.

Whether you live in a house or a high rise building, it's essential to install window guards - in fact it's the law in many states.

If you live in an apartment that was built before 1978, you must have a lead inspection. If you are buying or have bought a coop or condo built before that time, the seller must legally provide you with a lead disclosure form.

Knowing the water temperature you bathe your children in is essential. While most multi-family dwellings use common boilers for hot water, it's difficult to control the temperature of what's coming out of your water faucets. Install Anti-scald valves to prevent burns.

Remember that young children can drown in bathtubs, buckets, toilets, spas, hot tubs and other containers of water. Children can find even the smallest amount of water quite interesting. Be sure to install safety locks on toilets no matter how inconvenient it is for you.

By taking the following necessary safety steps, you can keep your children safe:

• Keep dangerous chemicals out of children's reach. Have the phone number of poison control handy taped    into the inside of a kitchen cabinet with other emergency numbers.
• Keep cigarettes, matches, and lighters out of children's reach.
• Safeguard heating and gas systems against accidents.
• Install child-resistant electrical outlet covers with retractable plates and/or plastic outlet plugs.
• Install power strip covers.
• Install spring-loaded safety latches for drawers and cabinets.
• Use safety door latches.
• Install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
• Install window guards.
• Use hot water temperature regulators.
• Use anti-scald faucet protectors.
• Use stove protectors - guards, oven locks, knob covers, and/or knob locks.
• Use plastic door knob covers.
• Use inner cord stops and safety tassels for window shades and blinds.
• Use corner bumpers and edge covers for furniture.
• Place furniture well away from windows.
• Use toilet seat locks.
• Use door stops and door holders.
• Use restraints to prevent heavy furniture from tipping over.
• Be sure that furnaces, fireplaces, wood-burning stoves, space heaters, and gas appliances are vented   properly.
• Install safety gates.
• Use fireplace hearth pads.
• Place houseplants out of children's reach. Know the names of all plants in case a child eats one of them.
• For strings and ribbons, follow the six-inch rule.
• Always use a safety belt on your baby when she is sitting in a bouncy seat or a swing.
• Shorten curtain and blind cords.
• Remove the plastic end caps on doorstops or replace the stops with a one-piece design to prevent choking.
• Make a fire evacuation plan and practice fire escape routes at least twice a year.
• Learn first aid and CPR.

If you think your home could be safer, hire a professional childproofing expert. They will assess your home and custom design safety solutions for you and your children.
Teach children safety rules and keep your ‘sanctuary' safe at all times. It's worth the cost and the work. You can replace items in your home ...but you can't replace your children.

One well respected childproofing company is Baby Safe America. They will assess your home for a modest fee and discuss with you how to keep your children safe. They travel anywhere across the country and are pioneeres in the field of child-safety risk management.

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