Henry County Medical Center

WIN 2017

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9 SHUTTERSTOCK gates. Pay extra attention to garbage cans, toilets and other open containers of water a child could get into, as well as case freezers/coolers and dressers where children can get stuck. But even with proper installation, child safety products like locks and gates aren't foolproof, so never allow yourself to become complacent about supervision, says Myers. "Someone in the home may forget to shut [a gate] and lock it all the way, or your baby may learn to work the locks open," she cautions. • hen there's a newly mobile little one in your life, it's time to make sure your home is a safe place for him or her to explore. Your first line of defense against a crawling or walking toddler, of course, is close supervision no matter how child-proof a space seems to be. Remind the youngster early and often about how to stay out of harm's way. TAKING NOTE OF DANGER To make it easier for young kids to move around your home without feeling as if they're in a minefield, start by taking a very close look around, suggests Pam Myers, co-founder with her husband, Dr. Bob Myers, of the Child Development Institute in Orange, Calif. "Do a survey of your home, and think like a baby," recommends Pam Myers. She suggests writing down everything you see that a small person shorter than 3 or 4 feet tall could open, fall into, knock down or climb up, along with any small objects that could fit in a child's mouth. As much as you can, eliminate the problems up front by moving these items into out-of-reach places. LOCKS AND LATCHES Child safety devices can help keep many objects and areas off limits to kids. The most important criteria for any safety device you install are that the device is sturdy enough to hinder access for children but will still provide ease of use for adults. You'll want to make stairs, windows and cabinets inaccessible to little explorers with child-proof locks or By Stephanie Thompson 2 n t i a child safety devices Family Style The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (cpsc.gov) recommends these products to help protect children at home: 1. Safety latches and locks 2. Safety gates 3. Door knob covers and door locks 4. Anti-scald devices for faucets and shower heads 5. Smoke alarms 6. Window guards and safety netting 7. Corner and edge bumpers 8. Outlet covers and outlet plates 9. Carbon monoxide alarms 10. Cordless window coverings 11. Anchors to prevent furniture and appliance tip-overs 12. Pool and spa barriers and alarms Kid-proof your house

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