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2. Precautions You Should Take to Protect the Infant/Toddler from Accidental Injury

a. Keep pins and other sharp objects such as scissors and knives out of the baby's reach. Instruct parents to use only diaper pins with plastic shields to prevent accidental cuts, punctures, or serious injury.

b. Pick up buttons, beads, hairpins, and any other small items on the floor. This prevents accidental swallowing and/or choking. A baby can find the smallest item on the cleanest floor.

c. If not in place, ask parents if they have safety plugs or outlet covers. Young fingers can find their way into a socket easily.

d. When possible, remove easily overturned lamps, electric cords, and sharp-edged furniture. Always keep fans out of fingers' reach to prevent accidental injury.

e. Fold parts of the tablecloth hanging in the child's reach up onto the table, because one quick pull may spill everything on the table on top of the baby. This prevents accidental injury.

f. Always keep pot handles turned to the inside of the stove and use back burners whenever possible, because young babies will try to stand up against the range and pull pots over; toddlers and young children may be quick to do the same. This prevents accidental burns.

g. Always make sure the siderails of the crib are up before leaving the baby, to prevent accidental falls.

h. Always keep one hand on the baby while on the changing table, to prevent accidental falls.

i. Never leave the baby unattended anywhere in the house. If necessary, place the baby in a playpen or crib with the sides up to prevent accidental injury.

j. If available, place a gate across stairways. Test the gate by pushing against it to make sure it is firm. If a gate is unavailable, use other household items to block stairs safely to prevent an accidental fall down the steps.

k. Always lock doors that lead to stairways, porches, driveways, yards, storage, and any other dangerous area to prevent child from wandering into the area.

l. Lock windows and/or screens on all windows above the first floor to prevent accidental falls.
 

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m. Never leave the iron on the ironing board even if it is unplugged, because a young child may knock it over. An iron is very heavy and has a sharp pointed edge. Safe handling will prevent burns, concussion, and/or serious cuts.
 


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