Childproofing your home's bathroom:
- Put a lock on the medicine cabinet.
- To prevent poisoning, lock away all vitamins and medicines.
- Install toilet-lid locks to prevent drowning.
- Lower the household water temperature.
- Always test the water first before bathing a child.
- Make sure bathtubs and showers aren't slippery.
- Use electrical appliances carefully.
- Install ground-fault circuit interrupters on outlets near sinks and bathtubs. Never leave a young child alone in the bathroom.
Childproofing the kitchen:
- Keep knives, cleaning supplies, and plastic bags out of children's reach.
- To avoid fires and burns, never leave cooking food unattended.
- If stove knobs are easily accessible to children, use protective covers to prevent kids from turning them.
- Teach your kids how to respond to fire.
- When they're not in use, unplug electrical appliances.
- Replace any frayed cords and wires.
- Keep chairs and step stools away from counters and the stove.
- Keep activated charcoal (helps absorb some poisons) and syrup of ipecac (used to induce vomiting) on hand. Beware of foods that children can choke on.
Childproofing your yard:
- Store tools, garden, and lawn-care equipment and supplies in a locked closet or shed. Don't use a power mower to cut the lawn when young children are around. Don't allow children to play on a treated lawn for at least 48 hours following an application of a fertilizer or a pesticide. Know the types of trees on the property in the event children ingest berries, leaves, or other plant life.
- If you have a swimming pool, install a fence (with an automatic childproof gate) that separates the house from the pool.
- When you barbecue outdoors, never leave kids unattended around the grill.
- Store propane grills where children cannot reach the knobs.
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