When it comes to baby-proofing your house, you don’t need to go overboard. Baby-proofing your home helps put harmful items on lockdown and steer kids away from places, staircases and rooms where they shouldn’t be.
Drawer Locks: Safety latches on cabinets and drawers secure items in kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms to prevent poisonings and other injuries.
Corner Guards: These cushions soften hard edges of tables and desks to prevent injuries during falls.
Outlet Covers: These inserts prevent little fingers from poking into sockets and getting an electrical shock.
Window Protectors: Devices that protect children from falling out of windows or strangulation from cords on blinds and shades.
Safety Gates: Temporary gates to use in doorways and in front of stairwells to restrict access.
Furniture Anchors: Anti-tip kits prevent furniture or TVs from toppling over on children.
Door Knob Covers: These gadgets make it difficult for small children to turn a knob and enter a room (or exit the house!).
You may also want to consider temperature guards for the tub, stove knob covers and toilet locks.
You can find a full list of child-safety home devices recommended by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission by visiting www.cpsc.gov.
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