Safety Around the House

Watching the Water

  • Turn down your water heater to 120 degrees F and always turn off the hot water before the cold.
  • Never leave a baby alone in the bath, even for a second. Babies can drown in an inch of water.
  • Use a nonskid mat or towel at the bottom of your tub to help you maintain your hold on a soapy baby.
  • Keep toilet seats down and secured with a Velcro safety fastener.

Protecting Against Poisoning

  • Store household cleaners, bleaches, antifreeze and medicines in high, locked cabinets.
  • Keep cosmetics and toiletries out of reach.
  • Use safety covers for door handles to keep some rooms off-limits.
  • Be watchful about medication your visitors may carry.
  • Use test kits to detect the presence of lead, which is toxic to the brains of growing children, in your home. Lead may be present in old paint and plumbing, in some pottery and in a number of household items. Even small amounts can cause lifelong disabilities.
  • Note which plants and flowers are toxic.
  • Post the number of the poison control center near all phones. Always keep a bottle of syrup of ipecac on hand in case the center instructs you to use it.

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