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Baby Safety

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Baby Safety, Smoking and Fire Safety

  • Do not smoke and do not allow smoking around your baby.
  • Install a working smoke alarm on every level of your home. Change the batteries of your smoke detectors every six months.
  • Have at least one fire extinguisher on every level of your home.
  • If your home uses gas heat, install a carbon monoxide detector.

 

 

Preventing Baby Burns

  • Do not hold hot liquids while holding your baby.
  • To prevent burns, do not microwave baby's bottle. Many microwaves heat unevenly, creating "hot spots" in your baby's formula that can burn your baby's mouth. Instead, warm the formula by running warm tap water over the bottle or submerging the bottle in a bowl of warm water. Make sure you test the temperature on your hand or wrist before feeding it to your baby.
  • Keep your hot water heater's thermostat at no higher than 120 degrees Farenheit.

 

 

Preventing Baby Accidents

  • Keep sharp objects (knives, scissors, tools, razors) and other hazardous items (coins, glass objects, beads, pins, medications) in a secure place out of baby's reach.
  • NEVER shake a baby or throw your baby in the air. This can cause brain damage or blindness.
  • Do not leave your baby alone with a young sibling or a pet, even when your baby is sleeping.
  • Walkers are unsafe at any speed and at any age! Never put your child in a walker.
  • Make sure that your baby cannot pull lamps or other electrical objects on top of him or herself. Use electrical tape to secure electrical cords along baseboards.
  • Eliminate tablecloths that can be pulled from the table.
  • Make sure all drawers have stops, so that your baby or toddler can't pull the drawer out on top of himself.

Baby Bathing Safety

  • Always test the bath water to make sure it is not too hot before setting your baby in the water. Dipping your elbow in the water is a good way to test.
  • Turn down your hot water heater to 120° F.
  • Never leave your baby unattended in the bathtub or bath ring. It only takes a few seconds for a baby to drown.
  • Store small appliances, such as hair dryers and radios, away from the water and bathing areas. Keep these appliances unplugged and out of reach when not in use.

 

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