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A safe house for your children

It’s easy to stash away your breakable items, put photo frames on higher shelves, and cover electrical outlets. But there are still certain spots in your home that could be potential safety hazards for toddlers learning to walk, or curious and active kids. Here are some things to watch out for.

CORNERS, EDGES, AND GLASS TOPS

Cushion sharp edges and corners of tables and other furniture with safety guards or bumpers to soften the impact, in case your child knocks into them. Look for bumpers that stay securely on furniture edges. Have a glass coffee table? Make sure it is made of tempered glass which breaks into small dull pieces, instead of big shards, in impact.

HOT SPOTS

When cooking, use the back burners, and turn pot and pan handles away from the front of the stove. Keep small appliances, such as the toaster, coffee maker, or hair dryer, away from the edge of counters.

WIRES, CORDS, AND ELECTRONIC GADGETS

Bundle wires together, hide them behind furniture, or use hide-a-cord devices. Keep your Wi-Fi router, TV cable box, and phone and tablet chargers as high up as possible. Make sure electric fans are at a height where tiny fingers won’t be able to reach into its fan grate.

WINDOWS

Make sure your windows can open up to about only 8cm, about the size of an adult’s fist. Install window guards for an extra layer of protection. Shorten and secure cords of window blinds to prevent strangulation.

HOUSEHOLD PRODUCTS

Cleaning supplies, toiletries and medicine should be kept out of sight and out of reach. Lock them in cabinets – there are safety locks and latches for this purpose. Don’t leave small objects, such as buttons, batteries, paper clips and coins, as well as sharp objects such as razors and scissors, lying around.