If you’re expecting, check this list

By Hawaii Renovation Posted in: ImproveTips

From a very young age, you’ve integrated safety into your daily life. If you welcome a precious little bundle of joy into the world, you naturally want to pass on those same safety measures to your children.

Whether you’re expecting or already have a baby, now is a great time to make sure you’re fully prepared when it comes to safety. It’s important to take the time to re-evaluate your home and daily routines to ensure that you’re doing all you can to provide a safe haven for your little ones.

Kimberlee Mitchell, child safety expert and spokesperson for the American Cleaning Institute’s KEY Pledge laundry safety campaign, offers important safety tips that will help you provide a healthy home for your baby. Use these tips as a checklist as you prepare for your new baby.

Tip 1: Secure your furniture

You probably considered aesthetics when designing and laying out your living room, bedroom and other rooms in your house. However, you may not have considered safety. In case your baby gets the idea to climb on furniture, make sure to move it away from windows to prevent a potential fall. If any of your pieces, such as an entertainment center, bookshelf or large TV, can be pulled away from the wall, make sure they’re mounted securely. Lastly, if your furniture has rough or sharp edges, add cushioned corner guards in case of a fall.

Tip 2: Safe storage is key

All household cleaning products such as bleach and soap, should be stored up, away and out of reach of children. It’s imperative to keep all household cleaners, including single-load liquid laundry packets, up high, out of reach and sight, preferably behind lock and key. Install latches on all cabinets where home cleaning products are stored.

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Tip 3: Be aware of product hazards

Prior to using any cleaning or household product, including single-load liquid laundry packets, familiarize yourself with product labels, safety information and icons on the packaging to prevent accidents. It’s important to teach young children that products, such as detergent, and their containers are not toys.

Tip 4: Look at your house through your baby’s eyes

A great way to make sure your home is ready for a new baby is by looking at all the rooms in your house as a baby might see it. What will he be attracted to? What looks fun to play with? Move all potentially harmful products to shelves that are up high and out of reach. The same goes for any small item that could be pulled off and become a choking hazard. Unplug all of your appliances and keep the cord wrapped up so it doesn’t dangle and fall into the hands of your baby.

As you get ready to be a new mom, make sure you’re incorporating safety into your preparation. Your baby will thank you for it. For additional laundry safety information visit KeyPledge.com.

This article is courtesy of Brandpoint