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Quick Tips: Baby-Proofing Your Home - Get started

To prevent drowning

  • Never leave your baby alone in the bathtub or a bath seat or ring-even for a moment. Always keep your baby within arm's reach. And never leave an older child in charge of watching your baby-even if he or she is in the room or in the tub with your baby.
  • Drain the water from the tub right after the bath.
  • Keep toilet lids down. Or use toilet seat locks to keep the lid closed.
  • Empty liquids from buckets and coolers completely when you're not using them. And turn them over when they are not in use.
  • Make sure that pools are fenced off, gated, or locked. Use pool covers that lock.

To prevent poisoning

  • Be sure that all the products your baby comes in contact with, such as toys and jewelry, haven't been recalled because of high lead levels or other hazards. If your child is exposed to lead, he or she might develop health problems and have trouble learning. For more information, go to the CPSC website at
  • Have a qualified person test for lead in paint on walls and other surfaces, especially in homes built before 1978. House paint is no longer made with lead. But older homes may still have it. Babies often like to eat paint chips or chew on painted surfaces. Even a small amount of lead can harm your baby. If you know that paint has lead in it, don't remove it yourself. When crushed or broken down, lead paint may contaminate dust and dirt in the surroundings. Have it removed by a professional with experience in lead hazard control.
  • Put safety caps on all products that can poison your child, and store them in a high or locked cabinet. This includes cleaners and other chemicals, medicines, makeup, perfumes, and other products that can harm your baby if he or she eats or smells them. Be aware that everyday items, such as mouthwash and some plants, can harm your baby.
  • Keep the phone number for the Poison Control Center (1-800-222-1222) near your phone.
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