A baby's nursery should be the safest room in the
house. Choosing safe furniture is of primary importance
in order to protect your child.
The safest bed for a child under 2 years old is a
standard crib. Hand-me-downs or second-hand cribs made
prior to 1972 may contain lead-based paint or have
numerous dangers built into the design.
Although an antique crib may provide that final
designer touch, a new crib has years of experience
built into the design to provide a safe haven for your
baby. When choosing, select a crib made after 1972 that
follows all safety specifications.
Avoid placing a crib near windows. If a crib is near a
window, make sure that drapery and miniblind cords are
OUT OF REACH so as to prevent strangulation. Cut those
cords to the shortest possible length so that they are
impossible for your child to reach.
Keep the crib away from lamps or other electrical
appliances. Lamp cords should be wrapped so as not to
leave excess length available for a baby to chew or as
a strangulation hazard. If possible, cords should hang
down behind a large piece of furniture and be wrapped
and placed out of a child's reach.
A changing table should have guardrails and a
protective strap that should be used each time a baby's
diaper is changed. Drawers and shelves should be easily
accessible to avoid searching for items away from the
Never leave a baby unattended on a changing table.
Children learn in an instant how to roll over. They can
fall off while you turn to look for a diaper.
A bed should have a simple headboard with no
protrusions or decorative posts that may catch on a
child's pajamas or clothing. The bed should be placed
against a wall, preferably in a corner, to help guard
against falls. Keep beds away from lower windows to
avoid possible bumps or falls through glass.
Bunk beds may be great space savers, but they have
played host to several deaths and injuries over the
MONITORING YOUR BABY:
Home intercom systems serve as great monitors for baby
during the night and at nap times.
WINDOWS AND WINDOW
All windows should be made of tempered glass that
prevents the glass from breaking into dangerous shards.
Drapery and mini-blind cords present a hazard in every
home. Unfortunately, cords left in their reach have
strangled many young children.
Blind and shade cords should be retained on wall cleats
and drapery cords should be securely attached to a wall
or baseboard to avoid accessibility.
Electrical outlets should be covered. Place dressers or
changing tables in front of them whenever possible to
avoid a child gaining access to potential dangers.
Safety for Toddlers provides self-closing electrical
outlet covers to help assure that parents will not
forget to replace the cover after each use.
A child's closet should be free or wire hangers,
mothballs, dry cleaning bags and any object with small
parts that a child may choke on, sharp points that may
cut or poke a child or closet hooks that may poke a
MASTER AND OTHER
The master bedroom and all siblings bedrooms should
have the same safety features as the rest of the house.
Keep the following checklist in mind:
- Check the floor for dangerous items.
- Empty nightstands of medication, sewing materials,
cosmetics, jewelry, buttons, manicure tools, and other
typically dangerous items.
- Keep drapery and mini-blind cords inaccessible.
- Follow all bathroom safety rules.
- Do not hang mirrors or picture frames above the
bed; an earthquake can knock them off onto some
- Keep older siblings' toy away from infants so that
small parts do not get into a baby's mouth.
- Keep a flashlight and portable radio in a latched
drawer in each bedroom in case of a power outage.
Flashlights are indispensable after an earthquake.
- NEVER KEEP FIREARMS IN A HOME WITH SMALL CHILDREN. IF YOU MUST, KEEP THE FIREARM EITHER DISMANTLED, ALWAYS
UNLOADED, PROVIDE A LOCKING MECHANISM FOR THAT
PARTICULAR FIREARM, OR KEEP IT LOCKED IN A GUN SAFE