Stairway and Banister Safety
Use safety gates to help prevent falls down stairs, and to keep children away from dangerous areas.
Use only vertical slat gates. Gates should be securely mounted to the wall/banister at the top of a stair.
No pressure gates on or near stairs!
Banisters should have balusters with a 4 inch space or less. If wider than 4” use plexiglass.
Put corner cushions on sharp edges and corners of tables.
Secure all tall bookcases, dressers, and entertainment centers with furniture brackets to prevent toppling.
Store heavier items on bottom shelf.
Use anchors, safety straps or brackets to stop heavy TV’s, computers, and other equipment from moving.
Segregate tall lamps and coat racks from baby’s reach.
Check the underside of chairs and tables for protruding nails or screws.
Use cabinet latches at the under-sink cabinet if you store cleaning products here. Or move them to a higher out-of-reach cabinet.
Use cabinet latches on all drawers and cabinets which contain knives, glass, sharp objects, plastic bags, seasonings, and liquor.
Keep your dishwasher latched at all times.
Use the back burners on your stove, and turn the pot handles to the back.
Install a stove guard barrier.
Use an oven lock to prevent access to the hot oven.
Use stove knob covers.
Have a smoke alarm and fire extinguisher in the kitchen.