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 Health Hint #303
Easy Ways to Childproof Your Home
Excerpted from "A Year of Health Hints"
365 Practical Ways to Feel Better and Live Longer

Is your home safe for curious children?

To see your home from a toddler's point of view, get down on your hands and knees and crawl around.

Look for conditions that can lead to burns, falls, electric shock, entrapment, or poisoning. Then take steps to prevent harm. Some suggestions:

Cover all toddler-height electrical outlets with plastic outlet covers, available at hardware stores and
home-improvement stores.
Install childproof locks on cabinets where household cleaners and chemicals are stored.
To prevent scalding burns, lower the thermostat on the water heater to 120 degrees F or lower.
Store medicines and alcohol in high, out-of-reach places. Never leave them on a countertop.
Toddlers should eat and drink from plastic dishes and cups only.
Don't place a child's crib or bed next to a window. An active or curious toddler could accidentally
fall out.
Keep all sharp objects like scissors, knives, or pins out of a toddler's reach.
To prevent suffocation, dispose of all plastic bags, or keep them out of reach of children.
Don't leave objects small enough to be swallowed within reach of children.

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