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Article Home Children's Health Child safety at home

Child safety at home

child safety is very important at home and outside the home. Simple precautions may prevent major accidents like fall, accidental poisoning, burns, drowning, accidental conumption of medications or other poisonous agents.

At home, child safety hinges on basic precautions. Follow these simple child safety tips:


  • Beware of heights: Never leave a baby alone on a bed, changing table or piece of furniture. Use the safety strap on highchairs and other infant seats. Don't allow a young child to play alone on a fire escape, high porch or balcony. Safety netting also may help prevent falls.
  • Keep stairs clear: Clutter increases the risk of tripping and falling.
  • Install safety gates: Block a toddler's access to stairs with safety gates. If you're putting a safety gate at the top of a staircase, attach it to the wall.
  • Keep windows locked and screens in place: A young child may squeeze through a window opened as little as five inches (12.7 centimeters).
  • Although all windows that open should have screens, screens aren't strong enough to keep a child inside. Discourage play near windows and patio doors, which could lead to a fall through glass. Don't store or display anything a child could climb near a window.
  • Prevent access to extension cords: It's easy to trip on them.
  • Address slippery surfaces: Use a rubber pad in the bathtub to help prevent slipping and clean kitchen spills quickly. Use foam carpet padding, double-sided tape or a rubber pad under area rugs to keep them from sliding.
  • Avoid baby walkers: A young child may trip over a baby walker, fall out of the walker or fall down the stairs while using a walker.
  • Despite your best attempts to promote child safety at home, falls are still possible. To reduce the risk of injury, cover sharp furniture and fireplace corners with corner or edge bumpers.

Child safety on the go:

  • When you're out and about, continue to keep child safety in mind:
  • Fasten safety belts: Always strap children into car seats, strollers and shopping cart seats. Never leave your child unattended in a shopping cart or allow him or her to stand up or ride in the basket of the cart — which could tip over.
  • Examine playgrounds: Under play equipment, look for surfaces made of wood chips, mulch or shredded rubber. Try to remove tripping hazards, such as rocks, and steer your child to age-appropriate activities.
  • Beware of escalators: Avoid bringing strollers onto escalators. Always carry your child or hold his or her hand as you ride, and watch for dangling clothing.
  • Child safety takes more than luck. Follow these precautions and you'll go a long way toward preventing injuries.