Household Safety Tips

These common but unusual household safety tips will help to protect your children. Remember to always read the labels prior to using any product with your child.


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Do you know these household safety tips:

Toothpaste with fluoride -- Read the warning label and keep out of the reach of children under 6 years of age. If a child swallows more than a pea-sized amount (recommended amount for under 6 yrs. for brushing), seek professional help or contact a poison control center immediately. Toothpaste has no childproof cap, so don't leave it out on vanities and the toothpaste should be in locked cabinets.

The following household safety tips are unusual, so we bring them to your attention. Do you know what common household seasoning is dangerous to small children?

Salt one to two teaspoons ingested by a 25 lb. Child can cause irritability, lethargy, and possibly seizures; more than 1- tablespoons can be lethal. Locking up cabinets and pantries are very important, because children love to explore and take out items from these areas.

Pots and pans should be stored in locked cabinets.
Children should not be allowed to play with pots and pans, these items are not toys they are cooking utensils. If you allow your child to play with a pot and call it a drum you're sending the wrong message to the child. Why is it ok to play with them on the floor, but not ok to reach and pull them off the stove? We should be doing the opposite every time you cook reinforce the concept hot no touch, keep pots out of the reach to children.

Wicker can be a choking hazard to small children.
Baskets, chairs, and many other items are made for children using wicker. If these items start getting frayed with loose pieces that can be broken off, a child can break off a small piece and choke. If you have these items in your home, check for loose pieces and break off, and throw away before a child does discover them.

Butcher Block knife holders on counters can be hazardous.
We forget that when we carry a baby around the kitchen that they have access to items on top of kitchen countertops. When you turn your head for a second, they can reach and grab a sharp knife from the butcher block before you realize it! If this happens, don't try to grab the knife by the blade. Instead, squeeze the baby's wrist so the baby will release the knife.

Some household safety tips are common sense. However, without thinking, they can be overlooked. For example, supermarket plastic bags can cause suffocation.
Do not use these bags as liners in wastebaskets in nursery or bathrooms. These bags can cause the same hazard as dry cleaning plastic. They should not be used in homes with small children.

Magnets on refrigerators are not a good idea.
If they fall to the floor, they may break or the magnet can fall off and the baby will pick it up and choke on it. Business card type magnets are better because they can't break or magnets can't come loose if they fall and they are larger eliminating the choking hazard.

Poisonous substances -- locate and move out of reach, and lock up in a cabinet.
Household safety tips for vitamins, alcoholic beverages, shampoos, lotions, medicines, mouthwash, cleaning products, air fresheners, etc. are important. Read all labels. Keep Poison Control Center's number posted by your telephone.

All types of crib attachment should be installed on the wall side of the crib. If not, the attachment can be used by your baby to climb up and out of the crib.

Some household safety tips are not as obvious. Keep pocketbooks in a safe place - not on the floor, This is especially necessary for visitors. Remember that both the contents and carrying strap present hazards for small children, who like to explore in pocketbooks.

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