Child Safety Begins in the Bedroom
If you have young children, chances are that you’ve taken some precautions around the house, from storing cleaning products out of reach and covering electrical outlets that your kids might have access to. Remember that your child’s bedroom also needs to be child-proofed. Here are a few tips:
- Anchor your child’s dresser to the wall Each year, children are killed or seriously injured from toppling bureaus. Take a few minutes to install an anchor and give your child the gift of safety (and yourself the gift of peace of mind).
- Tuck up or tassel mini-blind cords If you have mini-blinds in your child’s bedroom, they may come with a loop at the end of the cord. You can buy a do-it-yourself kit to turn this loop into a tassel, which can help prevent the risk of strangulation. Also, tuck the cords out of the way so that she’s not tempted to play with them.
- Occasionally go through toys to make sure that there are no choking hazards Over time, toys can develop loose pieces. Also, if you have an older child, one of his smaller toys could make it into your toddler’s bedroom. Just be aware of the potential danger and check periodically to be sure that everything is safe.