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Everyone is aware that infants and toddlers get into everything, as a way of exploration. Typical household items suddenly become potentially dangerous. Parents are usually well informed about many household hazards, but there are so many that aren't mentioned often enough. I have compiled a list of several hazards, and ways to protect your children.

1)Entrapment- Children are curious and, worse yet, they are small. Most parents assume their children would never climb into an empty refrigerator, or the trunk of a car. Unfortunately, this does happen, and all too often leads to fatalities from suffocation. Remove doors on refrigerators that are no longer in use, or put locks on them. Store coolers in a place where children do not have access to them. A small child can easily fit into a larger sized cooler and suffocate. Keep car trunks locked and keys out of reach at all times. If possible, keep doors to laundry rooms locked. Children have been known to climb into washers and dryers, becoming trapped.

2) Always use outlet covers or caps for sockets that are not in use to prevent shock hazards. Remember to cover sockets in power strips as well.

3)Always be aware of appliance cords and their placement. Be sure cords are not hanging over a counter edge where they can easily be pulled on, resulting in burns or bruises. Always unplug appliances when not in use.

4)Keep all household cleaning products and medications safely locked away. Place child-resistant caps on bottles, or use door latches on cupboards. Avoid taking medications in front of children, as they often imitate adults.

5)Keep knives and other sharp utensils in a drawer with a childproof latch. I would recommend purchasing a block for storing knives. You can easily store one on top of a refrigerator to keep knives out of reach.

6)Don't place snacks or treats in a cupboard above a stove.

7)Always wind up cords on window blinds, or knot them near the top of the blind, to prevent choking/suffocation hazards.

8)Always use non-slip mats or decals in a bathtub, to prevent falls. Many people recommend installing spout covers on bathtub faucets, to prevent burns. However, a child, regardless of their age, should never be left unattended in a bathtub. Therefore, there should really be no need for spout covers.

Childproofing Items No Home Should Be Without:
Bath Seat-for infants, to prevent falls in a bathtub.
Furniture Anchors- to anchor objects, like bookshelves, dressers, entertainment centers, to a wall to prevent a child from pulling them over.
Cabinet and drawer locks- to prevent children from getting into harmful chemicals, or sharp utensils.
Outlet Covers/Caps- to place in sockets that aren't in use. Remember to get extras for power strip sockets.
Corner Guards- for sharp corners on tables and desks.
Non-Skid Mats or Decals- for the bathtub, to prevent slips and falls.