Safety Around the House

Avoiding Burns

  • Never carry a hot beverage and your baby at the same time. Since babies' movements are quick and jerky, your child can suddenly bump into your mug of coffee and suffer burns.
  • Never cook with a baby in your arms.
  • Use back burners and turn pot handles toward the back of the stove. If stove control knobs are within a child's reach, pull them off when not in use or install knob covers.
  • Teach your child the words Hot! Don't Touch!
  • Block off unused outlets with plastic covers.
  • Watch out for any appliance with a cord that hangs down. Children can be severely burned by pulling down a hot iron or coffeemaker.

Preventing Choking

  • When you find your baby aiming an earring, toothpaste top or other small object toward her mouth, substitute a safe teething toy.
  • Once your child can chew, chop the following foods into tiny pieces or avoid them altogether: nuts, raisins, cherries, grapes, hot dogs, raw carrots, hard candy and other smooth, round foods.
  • Teach your child to say "aaah" so you'll be able to retrieve a possibly dangerous object quickly.
  • Take an infant/child cardiopulmonary-resuscitation (CPR) class through the local American or Canadian Red Cross or heart association. Encourage grandparents and babysitters to go, too.
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