Nursery equipment: Safety checklists

STROLLERS AND CARRIAGES

    YES NO
1. Wide base to prevent tipping. ___ ___
2. Seat belt and crotch strap securely attached to frame. ___ ___
3. Seat belt buckle is easy to use. ___ ___
4. Brakes securely lock the wheel(s). ___ ___
5. Shopping basket is low on the back and directly over or in front of rear wheels for stability. ___ ___
6. When used in carriage position, leg hold openings can be closed. ___ ___

THE COMMISSION RECOMMENDS: Always secure the seat belts. Never leave a child unattended in a stroller. Keep children's hands away from pinching areas when stroller is being folded or unfolded or the seat back is being reclined.

TOY CHESTS

    YES NO
1. No lid latch which could entrap child within the chest. ___ ___
2. Hinged lid has a spring-loaded lid support that will support the lid in any position and will not require periodic adjustment. ___ ___
3. Chest has ventilation holes or spaces in front or sides, or under the lid should a child get inside. ___ ___

THE COMMISSION RECOMMENDS: If you already own a toy chest or trunk with a freely falling lid, remove the lid to avoid a head injury to a small child, or install a spring-loaded lid support.

WALKERS

    YES NO
1. Wide wheel base for stability. ___ ___
2. Covers over coil springs to avoid finger pinching. ___ ___
3. Seat is securely attached to frame of walker. ___ ___
4. No x-frames that could pinch or amputate fingers. ___ ___

THE COMMISSION RECOMMENDS: Place gates or guards at top of all stairways, or keep stairway doors closed to prevent falls. Do not use walker as baby sitters.


To report a product hazard or a product-related injury, write to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Washington, D.C., 20207, or call the toll-free hotline: 1-800-638-2772. A teletypewriter for the deaf is available at 1-800-638-8270.


This document is in the public domain. If it is reproduced, however, the Commission would appreciate knowing how it is used. Write the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Washington, D.C., 20207.


For more nursery equipment information write for a free copy of The Safe Nursery, A Buyer's Guide, Office of Information and Public Affairs, Washington, D.C., 20207.

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