Nursery Equipment Safety Checklist - Topic Overview
Gates and enclosures
Openings in gate are too small to entrap a
child's head or neck.
|Gate has a pressure bar or other fastener that will
resist forces exerted by a child. || |
There is a "crotch" strap that must be used when restraining a
child in a high chair.
High chair has restraining straps that are
independent of the tray.
|Tray locks securely. || |
Buckles on straps are easy to fasten and
High chair has a wide base for stability.
|Caps or plugs on tubing are firmly attached and
cannot be pulled off and choke a child. || |
Folding high chairs have an effective locking
|Chair has restraining straps.|| |
|Chair has a clamp that locks onto the table for added security.|| |
|Caps or plugs on tubing are firmly attached and cannot be pulled off to choke child.|| |
|Hook-on chair has a warning never to place chair where child can push off with feet.|| |
|Pacifier has no ribbons, string, cord, or yarn attached. || |
|Shield is large enough and firm enough so it cannot fit into child's mouth. || |
|Guard or shield has ventilation holes so baby
can breathe if shield goes into mouth.|| |
|Pacifier nipple has no holes or tears that might
cause it to break off in baby's mouth. || |
Playpens or travel cribs have top rails that
will automatically lock when lifted into the normal use position.
Playpen does NOT have a rotating hinge in the
center of the top rails.
Drop-side mesh playpen or mesh crib has warning label about never leaving a side in the down position.
|Playpen mesh has small weave (less than 1/4 inch
openings). || |
Mesh has no tears or loose threads.
|Mesh is securely attached to top rail and
floorplate. || |
Wooden playpen has slats spaced no more than
2 3/8 inches (60 mm) apart.
Rattles, squeeze toys, teethers
Rattles, squeeze toys, and teethers have
handles too large to lodge in a baby's throat.
Squeeze toys do not contain a squeaker that
could detach and choke a baby.
Avoid rattles with ball shaped ends.
Strollers and carriages
|Stroller has wide base to prevent
tipping. || |
|Seat belt and crotch strap are securely attached to
frame. || |
|Seat belt buckle is easy to use. || |
|Brakes securely lock the wheel(s). || |
|Shopping basket is low on the back and located directly over
or in front of the wheels.|| |
|When used in carriage position, leg hole openings
can be closed.|| |
|Toy chest has no latch to entrap child
within the chest.|| |
|Toy chest has spring-loaded lid support that will not require periodic adjustment and will
support the lid in any position to prevent lid slam. || |
|Chest has ventilation holes or spaces in front or
sides, or under lid. || |
|Walker has safety features to help prevent
a fall down stairs.|| |
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
January 22, 2013
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