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8 Things to Know Before You Buy

You've finished the nursery, purchased enough diapers to last a lifetime and mastered a repertoire of lullabies. Next on your list: Child-proofing your home. While this list is far from complete, here are a few tips to get you started.

Fact #1: Do a child’s eye view level check

Get down on your hands and knees and survey the room -- it's a good way to see your living space from your child’s point of view and identify potential areas for concern.

Fact #2: Safeguard corners

Reduce the potential for injury by covering any sharp corners on coffee tables, side tables and any reachable shelves with bumpers or corner cushions.

Fact # 3: Furniture can be hazardous

Once your child begins getting around, he will start exploring. You may not know this, but kids have been known to knock over television sets, dressers, etc. so consider stabilizing with wall brackets, etc. or repositioning furniture out of a child’s reach.

Fact #4: Install safety gates

Properly installed safety gates can assist in keeping your little one off the stairs and out of rooms you would prefer they not be in. Remember to follow the manufacturer’s user manual installation directions.

Fact #5: Lock cabinets and drawers

Inquiring minds want to know what is inside drawers and cabinets. Install drawer and cabinet locks to help prevent little hands from getting inside them.

Fact #6: Cover electric outlets

You will want to cover electric outlets. Two options are plugs that cover electric outlet openings, or a cover that slides over the outlet if a plug is yanked from a socket.

Fact #7: Don’t forget to childproof window blind cords

Window blind cord wind-ups store excess blind cord and can help keep cords out of a child’s reach. If possible, cordless window blinds are another option to consider.

Fact #8: Window screens are not strong enough to prevent falls

Help keep your kids safe by also installing window guards or stops.