Baby Proofing Your Home

November 16, 2011 10:13:23 AM PST
Recent cases of children being killed by falling TVs or furniture, are reminders that parents, grandparents, or anyone who has small children in their home need to take the proper steps to ensure children are safe from hazards around the home.

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission says between 2000 and 2010, it received 245 tip-over related deaths involving children 8 years old and younger. In more than half of the fatalities, the child was crushed by the weight of the television, furniture or appliance. Hollie Schultz, mother of three, is the founder and President of The Baby Gizmo Company. A product testing and research coalition of moms, pediatricians and child development experts, The Baby Gizmo Company publishes, the web's only baby product resource site featuring 3rd party reviews and price comparisons with over 25,000 products.

Tip #1: Furniture/TV Tipping -- Anchor dressers, bookshelves, entertainment centers, etc... to the wall. This is important not only if you have young children of your own but if you have children visiting for the holidays.

Kidco Anti-Tip TV Strap $8.95 (
Kidco Anti-Tip Furniture Strap $12 (

Tip #2: Safety Gates - If you have children or children visiting often, it's a good idea to always have a safety gate on hand whether it is a hardware-mounted gate that is permanently installed or a pressure gate that folds away for easy storage. Remember hardware mounted gates at TOP of stairs and pressure mounted gates at bottom of stairs and in doorways/hallways.

Evenflo Home Décor Gate $88
Evenflo Crosstown Gate $33 (

Tip #3: Electricity Outlet Covers - Cover all unused outlets with outlet covers whether it is the outlet plugs or slide outlet covers. Parents traveling with small children should always include outlet plugs in their luggage so that they are prepared whether they are at a hotel or at a non-baby proofed home.

Kidco Universal Outlet Cover $3.49
Kidco Outlet Plug Cover $4.95 ( Safety 1st Delux Press Fit Outlet Plug $4 for 8PK (

#4: Medicine Lockup - All parents, caregivers and those who have children visiting should lock up all medications including vitamins and antacids. A simple tool box that can be locked with a padlock is a perfect way to keep medications away from a child. Remember just putting them on a high shelf may prove deadly to a climbing child.

Tool Box $18 (
Lock $3 (

#5: Cabinet Locks - If you have children or will have little ones visiting your home, it's a good idea to lock the accessible cabinets with cabinet locks.

Rhoost Cabinet Locks $10 for 4PK (

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