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Childproofing Your Home

Safety Checklist


About 2 million children are injured or killed by hazards in the home each year.  The good news is that many of these incidents can be prevented by using simple child safety devices and taking safety precautions.  Any safety device you buy should be sturdy enough to prevent injury to your child, yet easy for you to use.  It’s important to follow installation instructions carefully.  Remember, no device is completely childproof.  Take a few moments to go through this safety check list to prevent unintentional injuries to your young children:



        Learn CPR!  Go to for details and to register for a class.


        Install smoke alarms on every floor, inside each bedroom, near the kitchen, and in the garage/storage area.  Test alarms monthly and change batteries annually.                                                                                                                                


        Have a fire extinguisher handy and know how to use it.  


        Install outlet covers on all electrical outlets both inside and outside the home.


        Install cabinet locks on all cabinets including kitchen, bath, laundry, medicine, and garage.                       



        Install double locks on medicine cabinets.


        Install oven/stove knob covers to prevent accidental turn on.


        Install toilet lock to prevent drowning.


        Install blind cord retractors to prevent choking.


        Install cord retractors on extra long electrical cords.


        Install non-slip decals in bath tubs & showers to prevent falls.


        Install appliance locks on refrigerators, freezers, etc., to prevent child from being closed inside.


        Install door knob covers to prevent accidental locked doors.


        Install door guard to prevent little fingers from being smashed when door closes suddenly.


        Install door and window alarms to alert you when opened.


        Install gates at top & bottom of stairways to prevent access to children.


        Install counter top corner protectors on sharp edges.


        Install a phone near swimming pool, or take cordless out with you.                                                                       


        Install 4-sided safety fence surrounding pool equipped with self-closing, self-latching locks.


        Install a pool alarm.


        Provide swimming lessons to all family members including children, but remember, swimming lessons does not make anyone drown-proof!


        Never leave children unattended near pool, in bath, or near any body of water.  Children can drown in 1 inch of water or less!


        Do not leave toys or other items in or around pool that will attract children.


        Store pool chemicals in a locked cabinet.


        Keep medicines up high in a double locked cabinet.


        Turn pot and pan handles inward when cooking.


        Adjust water heater temperature to 120 degrees or less to prevent burns.


        Inspect furniture that may be easily tipped over.


        Secure firearms in a lock box and lock firearm as well.


        Store cleaning supplies and other toxic substances up high in a locked cabinet.


        Inspect toys often for broken parts that may become a choking hazard.                         




Palm Harbor Fire Rescue cares about your child’s safety.  Call 787-5974 for more information.






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