Things to Consider
control and other emergency telephone numbers are clearly posted on every
The Poison Control Hotline is 1-800-222-1222 and their web site is American Association of Poison Control Centers .
C.P.R. and First Aid. Check your local
American Red Cross, hospital or fire department for class information. Get training in basic water rescue skills.
- Have you considered possible health risks from — and if indicated,
tested for — lead, radon, asbestos, mercury, mold, and carbon monoxide?
if your house has lead hazards. Lead
could be in dust, paint, or soil.
your children at all times and never leave them alone when near any source of
- Test your smoke detectors monthly.
batteries twice a year when you change your clocks for daylight savings time.
- Establish a minimum 3 foot “kid-free zone” around high risk areas such
as cooktops, ovens, fireplaces, space heaters and gas grills.
- When cooking, turn all pot handles on the stove inward or place on back
burners where kids can't reach them.
medicines, cleaners, alcohol & toiletries in high locked cabinets. (2 barriers are best.)
These should be stored in their original containers to ensure proper knowledge of the contents.
- Vitamin or medicine bottles should be tightly closed and stored in a
high cabinet far from reach.
- Bottles containing alcohol should be stored out of reach.
your emergency evacuation plan regularly with all family members.
- Store matches and lighters in a locked cabinet.
- Keep all plastic garbage bags and sandwich bags out of reach.
- Verify that you children’s sleepwear is flame-retardant.
- Remove the drawstrings from your child's clothing.
- Set the thermostat on the hot water heater below 120°F (49°C)?
- Are toilet lids always left closed?
- Are childproof caps on all medications?
- Have you checked that all used or hand-me-down baby equipment hasn't
- Have you checked for and removed other potential electrical fire
hazards, such as overloaded electrical sockets and electrical wires running
- Have your wood-burning fireplace/chimney inspected and cleaned annually?
- Have you instituted a no-smoking rule in your home to protect kids from
environmental tobacco smoke?
- Do you always supervise your child around pets, especially dogs?
if your plants are poisonous and learn their common and botanical names in case
you need to identify them to a poison center.
Remove any poisonous plants and keep all plants out of reach. Plants pieces are also a choking hazard.
- Inspect your house for any old appliances or
chests, including hope chests/blanket chests , that could be an entrapment
hazard for your children.