Child Safety Resources (06)

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This site from Child Safety has many articles on ways to make your home safer for your child. Every child deserves a safe and secure place to grow up. Start with the article on how to choose the proper safety gate. Safety gates are necessary to keep children from wandering into rooms where they shouldn't and to keep them from going up and down dangerous stairs. But not all baby gates are created equal and this article helps you spot the good ones and shy away from the bad ones. Next is a complete guide to baby-proofing your home, filled with tips and hints that you might otherwise overlook. Next is a guide to buying the all-important baby monitor. Your baby monitor is much too important to get stuck with a lemon. Next choose the perfect crib and mattress. Your baby will spend a great deal of time in the crib, so learn what to look for in a good one, and what to avoid in a bad one. Next is a printable list of emergency numbers, and finally there is an excellent and helpful article on helping you to know when your child is old enough and mature enough to be left home alone.

Tips for Childproofing Your Home from
This page on offers lots and lots of tips for childproofing your home. The tips are categorized by safety measures to childproof every room in your home, hallways and staircases, your kids' rooms, bathroom, kitchen and the yard. Tips include such things as putting up baby gates across stairs, adjusting the water temperature in your home to 130 degrees F or 54 degrees C or even less to prevent accidental scalding, trying to find non-toxic cleaners and use childproof containers and securely locked cupboards to store dangerous chemicals, tossing out broken toys that can't be repaired quickly, covering electrical outlets with approved plugs, removing poisonous plants and several more. But remember, no matter how safe you try to make your home, Remember, you can take action and be as thorough as possible in childproofing your home, but you still need to keep an eye on children. Potential danger cannot be eliminated; it can only be minimized.

The Home Safety Handbook from the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
At first glance it might not look as if this site has very much on it, but with a little investigation you'll discover how misleading that first impression is. Click on one of the main subjects on the left side of the page and you will open a doorway to a whole slew of informative and helpful articles on a wide range of topics aimed primarily at making children's lives safer and happier. Main subjects include Before You Bring Your Baby Home, When Your Baby is Home, When Your Baby Begins to Explore, When Your Child Begins to Reason, and When You're Not Home. Clicking on the main topic brings up a wealth of specific articles. If you have a baby or a young child, this site covers a wide range of questions, fears, problems and joys that you will be dealing with.

Safety in the Home with a Child with Autism
This Living with Autism section of the Autism Society of America website provides a good deal of information about the special concerns and issues parents of autistic children face in making the home safe. A few of the special safety concerns of autistic children are climbing, throwing, breaking, jumping, peeling, cutting, pulling down, throwing utensils, plates and cups, sweeping items off surfaces, dumping drawers and bins, and climbing out of or breaking windows. Additionally, behaviors such as touching hot items, chewing on electrical chords, putting metal objects into electrical outlets and the like make it mandatory that the caregivers of Autistic children take special care in "childproofing" a home. This article deals extensively with ways to child-proof a home for an autistic child and ways to help train an autistic child to recognize dangers around the home. If you have an autistic child or if you are the caregiver for an autistic child, this site is a must-read.

Household Safety Checklist for Kids on
Your Home is considered as a safest place for your kids. However, there are cases where you are not aware of the potential danger. To help you out, made a series of household safety checklists for you. Each checklist contains questions that you should ask yourself so you can do some precautionary actions at home. For example, all your unused outlets covered with safety plugs? Are dressers secured to walls with drawers closed? Are all garbage cans securely covered? Is there a smoke alarm outside the bedroom? Do you always supervise your child around pets, especially dogs?


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