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1. Divide into three groups. Each group will choose a room of atypical house (kitchen, bathroom, playroom, nursery, garage).List hazards that may be present in the chosen rooms and way to make the roomsafer for a toddler.FireplaceThere are so many hazards surrounding that cozy fireplace. Blazing fire aside, the sharp, hard edges of the stone or wood hearth are just waiting to trip up your carefree toddler. Consider adding a soft border to prevent injuries, such as the Fireplace Guard by Prince Lionheart, to absorb the impact of any falls your child may incur.window"A child can fall out of a window that is open more than four inches, and screens offer no protection," warns Holtzman. "Install window guardson all windows in your home. (Use quick-release mechanisms on any windows that are part of your fire-escape plan.) Or opt for a less-costly window-stopping device, which attaches to the inside of the window frame to prevent the window from opening more than four inches." Blinds and shadesAnother warning about the dangers of corded window blinds and shades, which "pose a strangulation hazard for young children." The WCSC reminds parents of young children to follow basic window cord safety precautions:Move furniture and climbable surfaces away from windowsKeep window cords well out of the reach of childrenInstall only cordless window coveringsAdjust tasseled pull cords to the shortest possible length
Tighten continuous-loop pull cords on drapes and blinds tight and anchor with a tension deviceInstall and adjust cord stops to limit movement of inner cords on blinds and shadesHouse plantsHouseplants are great for indoor air quality, but some pose a threat to children. "Dieffenbachia and philodendron are common houseplants that contain oxalates, microscopic crystals that are released into the mouth when the plant is chewed and cause extreme pain and inflammation," says Holtzman. "Parents of young children (and pets) should purchase only nontoxic plants."Dirty doors"Add a welcome matat your front door for family members and guests to wipe their feet (or better yet, remove their shoes) before entering your home," suggests Holtzman. "Pesticides and other harmful toxins can be easily tracked into the home on the soles of shoes and can settle into the carpet where your child plays, sits and crawls."TV"The number one danger in our living room has to be the TV," says Matt Becker of MomAndDadMoney.com. "Now that our son has started climbing, there's a big potential for himto pull it down and have it crash on top of him."Becker purchased straps that attach to the back of the TVand the TV stand. "He could still possiblyslide the bottom out, but then it falls backwards and not on top of his head." If possible, do away with the TV altogether and attach a flat-screen model to the wall instead.BookshelvesWhile you're out there buying straps for your TV, be sure to pick up someanchors for your bookcases. A bookshelf is like an indoor ladder to a child... especially if there are enticing items on the upper shelves.