Everyone is excited when a new addition comes into the family. However, your home might contain a number of hazards to infants. Double checking the following items will help you provide a safe environment for your little bundle of joy.

 

Attach Safety Latches and Locks

 

Cabinets in your kitchen and bathroom can contain dangerous medicines, chemical cleaners and household tools, such as scissors and wrenches, that can be very harmful to babies and children. To ensure your child can’t access them, use safety latches and lock on kitchen cabinets and drawers and bathroom drawers.  

 

Safety Gates

 

Although climbing stairs can be a fun exercise, it only takes a minute for a crawling infant to fall down the stairs or get hurt on the stair railings. To prevent a staircase accident, parents should use safety gates to keep infants off the stairs. Stay away from older brands of safety gates that can fall in on infants and entrap their heads and necks.

 

Door Knobs Covers and Door Locks

 

Infants are naturally curious but this can sometimes lead them into dangerous situations such as crawling into the bathroom or a cluttered closet. To prevent your baby from entering rooms, use door knob covers and door locks.

 

Corner and Edge Bumpers

 

Putting corner and edge bumpers on furniture can help prevent injuries caused by sharp edges of coffee tables and end tables.

 

Anti-scald Devices

 

Anti-scald devices prevent infants from being scalded by hot water from faucets and shower heads. You can set your temperature to the appropriate degrees and the device will make sure the temperature doesn’t exceed this limit.

 

Window Guards and Safety Netting

 

It’s easy for an infant to fall out of windows if your windows are open or have loose screens. By limiting window openings to four inches or less and properly installing window guards and safety netting for all the windows in your home, you’ll eliminate the risk of your baby falling from a window or balcony.

 

Outlet Covers and Outlet Plates

 

Within seconds, an infant can stick something into an outlet and feel an electric shock. Parents should ensure that each outlet within their homes has an outlet cover or outlet plate that can’t be easily removed by an infant.

 

Carbon Monoxide Alarm and Smoke Alarms

 

Carbon Monoxide alarms should be installed near sleeping areas and the batteries should be changed at least once a year to prevent deaths from carbon monoxide, an odorless gas.

In addition, parents should make sure that every level of their home has working smoke alarms. You should also ensure that a smoke alarm is in every bedroom and outside sleeping areas. It’s important to check smoke alarms once a month and make sure you change the batteries at least once a ye , or consider changing your smoke alarm to a 10-year battery smoke alarm.

 

Cordless Window Coverings

 

New parents should also consider using cordless window coverings to prevent any choking accidents. They should also not place baby monitors near cribs. And ensure that infants can’t reach the inner cord on blinds and form a potentially deadly loop. If you have blinds from the early 2000s and can’t afford to change them, you can contact the Window Covering Safety Council to get a free repair kit.

In a world full of danger, Jacksonville homeowners can ensure they’re bringing their baby to a safe environment with a few preventative steps. However, emergencies can happen. When they do, Anderson Restoration & Emergency Services technicians can help clean and restore your home just in time for your baby’s arrival.