Protect Your Home’s Greatest Treasures

September 08, 2011

If you read our story — Get Prepared for a Great Month! — then you know that September is Baby Safety Month.

More than 2.5 million children are injured in their homes every year, so committing some time this month to safety can save your loved ones future harm.

Northbrook-based Underwriters Laboratories (UL) wants parents to know that safety doesn’t have to take a lot of time and that little steps can prevent a lifetime of regret.

UL suggests parents and caretakers of babies and toddlers commit a minute to review these home safety guidelines:

*Do the crawl: Inspect your home from a baby’s point of view by getting down on your hands and knees and searching for objects or situations that could be dangerous.

*Eliminate choking hazards: Remove small toys and objects. A good rule of thumb is if it fits in a toilet paper roll, it’s too small for your baby!

a baby with an electric cord in his mouth.

This baby is not safe.

*Install outlet covers: Cover all electrical outlets with outlet covers. Make sure all electrical cords are out of reach.

*Lock lids: Install lid locks on all the toilets in your home.

Here are some safety tips for families with children of any age:

*Have a smoke alarm on every level of your home, test each one and replace batteries as needed.

*Turn down your hot water heater to under 120 degrees to prevent burns.

*Turn pot handles toward the back of the stove when cooking.

*Unplug small appliances, like hair dryers and toasters, after using them.

*Practice “Stop, Drop and Roll” with your kids and create an escape plan from your home in case of an emergency.

*Schedule an appointment to have your furnace cleaned and inspected.

*Put non-slip strips in your tub and shower.

*Post the Poison Control hotline number (800-222-1222) next to your phone.

*Tie window cords out of children’s reach.

*Remove any pre-1978 painted furniture to avoid possible lead exposure.

For a complete Baby Safety package, including the Childhood Safety Timeline for families, visit

Hope UL have a safe rest of the month!

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