Bedroom Safety Basics

In addition to ensuring that individual items are safe, it's important to take an overall approach to safety in your child's room. Here's what to look for.

In addition to ensuring that individual items are safe, it's important to take an overall approach to safety in your child's room. Here's what to look for:

  • All furniture should be sturdy and untippable. Secure shelving units, dressers, and other freestanding items to the wall.
  • Lock drawers, doors, and cabinets. Install safety latches on all storage items that your child should not have access to.
  • Cover radiators and electrical outlets. Make sure any heat sources have guards around them to keep your child from touching them and burning himself. Place covers over all electrical sockets.
  • Don't entice your child to danger. Never place attractive toys on high shelves, which could encourage him to climb, or leave drawers open, which could encourage him to step into them.
  • Check dresser knobs for safety. Dresser knobs should be too large to swallow and too small to provide a climbing foothold. They should also be attached securely and designed not to be easily pulled by a young child.
  • Pad sharp edges. Specially designed corner cushions guards help prevent injuries. Don't simply tape foam or other materials to the corners of sharp furniture since it can present a choking hazard.
  • Store toys conveniently. Keep toys either in an easily accessible place or out of sight. If you use a toy box, choose one without a lid.
  • Chose window treatments wisely. Avoid curtains that can be pulled down. Tie or remove dangling window-shade and window-blind cords. Install a window guard at the bottom of the window.

05-25-2001

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