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    Baby Safety, Smoking and Fire Safety

    • Do not smoke and do not allow smoking around your baby. Even smoking “outside” is harmful for the baby because clothing, hair and skin still carries smoke particles which affects the 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. Shake the bottle well. 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.
    • Attach furniture to the wall so the pieces don’t fall over the child. Avoid electronics on top of higher dresser tables that can fall on the child.

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