Protecting against falls for toddlers

According to the Home Safety Council, falls are the leading cause of nonfatal home injuries among children under age 15.

Covering electrical outlets

Toddlers are extremely able to manipulate things around the home like electrical sockets and appliances. Since they mimic our behavior, they will no doubt try to stick things in every hole they can find. Start by covering electrical outlets and vents throughout the house and make sure that no appliances are left plugged in.

Teaching street safety

When walking, talk to your child about street safety. Show him/her how to stop at the edge of the street and look for cars.

Preparing for playdates

Having a clean and child proofed home is important, especially when hosting a first ever play date. For first play dates, parents often want to attend or at least view your home.

Trick-or-treat safety tip

When going out trick-or-treating, fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.

Choking safety tip

Children can choke on small things. If something is small enough to fit in a toilet paper tube, it is not safe for little children.

Poison control

Know to call 1-800-222-1222 if someone takes poison. This number will connect you to emergency help in your area. Keep the number by every phone.

Fixing dangers around the house

As tots start to crawl & walk it also can put them in danger. Look at each room from their eye level to find dangers.

Toddler safe car seats

Keeping toddlers safe in the car means always placing them in a properly installed child car seat. Use a five-point harness as long as possible.

Child gate safety tip

When safety proofing your house for toddlers, use a screw-mounted gate at the top and the bottom of a stairway. Never use pressure gates at the top of the stairs.

Tots and stairways

Keep your wobbly walking tot from stairways by installing sturdy safety gates at the top of the stairs and at the bottom.

Covering electrical outlets and vents

Toddlers are extremely able to manipulate things around the home like electrical sockets and appliances. Cover electrical outlets and vents throughout the house.

Winter driving safety

Be prepared for any emergency and keep a winter safety kit in the trunk of your car including jumper cables, ice scraper, snacks and diapers.

Toddlerproofing

Anything small enough to fit in your toddler’s tiny hand going into his mouth. That is the way you need to look at surroundings when toddler proofing.

Fire risk during the winter

As the weather turns cold, we tend to seal our homes up tightly and turn heating sources up. Both smoke and carbon monoxide detectors should be placed outside of the bedrooms and on each floor.

Cold weather safety tip

Children aren’t as efficient at regulating their body temperature as adults. Protect your toddler from the effects of the winter weather dress your child in layers.

Save decorations for when they are older

Resolve that some decorations may have to wait until next year. Depending on your child’s age you may have to keep your favorite decorations boxed this year.

Tree safety tip

Decorate your Christmas tree appropriately for your child’s age. Put glass bulbs, lights, tinsel and ornaments that are delicate or have removable parts out of reach.

Poison hazzards in the house

Childhood poisonings are a frequent source of illness and death during the toddler years. Keep all medications in a locked cabinet.

Planning for safety when toddlers go mobile

When children can run and climb unrestricted child-proofing is essential – including window guards, gates on stairways, cabinet locks.