Children can be fun and amazing, but they can also be prone to accidents and getting into things that can be dangerous to both themselves and others.
Go on a tour of your house with this child safety checklist to make sure you and your family are safe.
- Spilled liquids are mopped up right away.
- When pots and pans are on the stove, their handles are turned inward.
- Knives, scissors and sharp objects are kept safely out of children’s reach.
- The stepstool is strong and in good condition.
- Cleaning products, insecticides and matches are kept safely out of children’s reach.
- Dishwasher detergents are kept out of children’s reach and are wiped up if spilled.
Hall and Stairs
- Hall and stairs are well lit.
- Stair carpeting or tread covers are tacked down securely.
- Scatter rugs have non-skid material or padding underneath them.
- There is a gate at the top of the stairs.
- Stair treads are in good repair.
- There are no toys, clutter, etc. in hallways and staircases.
- There is a light switch at the end of each hallway and staircase.
- Scatter rugs are either tacked down or have non-skid material underneath them.
- Furniture is in good repair.
- Footstools and small tables do not block traffic paths.
- Electric cords do not trail.
- The window screens are strong and fastened securely.
- Children cannot climb over balcony railings or fall through them.
- Babies and young children cannot fall out of bed.
- Mattresses for infants are flat and firm.
- Cosmetics are put away in a drawer or cabinet.
- Clothing and shoes are put away in the closet.
- Medicines are kept safely out of children’s reach.
- Dressers and other large furniture is anchored to the wall.