Safety In Your Home Checklist

Around the House Safety Tips:

     Secure power points with safety covers and use latches on cupboards.

     Utilize guards and barriers for hazardous areas like the pool, garage, and BBQ area.

     Keep appliance cords out of reach.

     Check indoor plants for toxicity or remove them, considering that babies can topple heavy pots.

     Install safety gates at staircases, including one on the third step for safe climbing practice.

     Use doorstops, wedges, or latches to keep doors open.

     Always fasten the safety harness when your baby is in a high chair.

     Ensure smoke alarms are installed and regularly checked.

     Secure electronic equipment to prevent access to batteries by your baby, and store batteries safely.

 

In the Kitchen and Living Area

     Ensure that hazardous items (sharp objects, matches or lighters, breakables, household cleaners, bleaches, chemicals, or medicines) are stored in high or lockable cupboards.

     Keep the dishwasher door securely closed.

     Use well-insulated (preferably curly) cords and place them out of children’s reach.

     Store plastic bags out of reach and tie a knot in them to prevent suffocation.

     Use back burners on the stove and turn pot handles toward the rear when cooking.

     Secure or remove unstable or fragile furniture (such as an ironing board or floor lamp).

     Attach safety corners to sharp edges, particularly on the coffee table.

     Keep small objects less than 3 cm wide out of reach (buttons, coins, doll shoes).

     Secure curtain and blind cords to avoid suffocation hazards.

 

In the Bathroom:

     Always ensure your baby is not left alone in the bathroom (keep the bathroom door closed securely at all times when not in use).

     Keep medicines, cosmetics, and cleaning supplies out of reach.

     Securely turn off all taps.

     To prevent scalding, consider installing a tempering valve to your hot water system.

     Install padding on bath taps.

     Drain bath water immediately after use, ensuring your infant is out of the bath first.

     Keep all electrical appliances unplugged and out of reach. 

     Be cautious of water on the floor.

 

 

In the Bedroom:

     Keep a close eye on your baby during nappy changes and always have one hand on them.

     Store sharp objects and small items that could be choking hazards out of your baby’s reach. 

     Ensure the window is secure and nothing is underneath it that can be used as a way to climb up to the window.   

 

 

In the Play Area:

     Adhere to the age recommendations provided by toy manufacturers. 

     Ensure all toy boxes have a slow close lid. 

     Do not place toys in a manner for a child to be able to climb or stack toys near gates or stairs.

     Supervise children when they are playing near swings and slides.

     Ensure there is a soft surface beneath play equipment to cushion any falls. 

     Check the area and toy boxes on a daily basis for any insects, spiders or snakes that may have found their way in through the night.

 

In the Car:

     Use an approved car safety seat or capsule along with a seatbelt. 

     Have your car seat or capsule installed by a certified person. 

     Adjust the harness to be firm around your infant each time you place the baby in the safety seat or capsule.

     The back seat is the safest spot for your child.

     Secure any loose objects in the car and ensure keys are not left in the ignition.

 

Around Pets:

     Teach your child how to handle pets gently and supervise interactions. 

     Never leave your child unattended with a pet.

     Never leave your child alone with a pet. 

     Never allow your pet to sleep in your infants bassinet or cot.

Outdoors:

     Keep infants under 12 months out of direct sunlight and provide adequate protection (clothing, sunscreen, shade) from the sun.

     Always supervise infants outdoors, even when accompanied by an older child.

 

Some Additional Tips:

     Keep emergency numbers handy and visible (family doctor, nearest hospital, ambulance, fire brigade, poisons information hotline).

     Conduct a safety check in each room from your infant’s perspective.

     Stay proactive in anticipating your child’s developmental stages.