Want to child proof your home?
Here are safety devices recommended by the Consumer Product and Safety Commission.
We know: 12 Child Safety Devices
Why child proof my home?
About 2.5 million children are injured or killed by hazards in the home each year. The good news is that many of these incidents can be prevented by using simple child safety devices on the market today.
Here are 12 devices, ranging in cost from a few bucks up to about $70.
- Safety Latches and Locks for cabinets and drawers in kitchens, bathrooms, and other areas to help prevent poisonings and other injuries. Typical cost of a safety latch or lock: less than $2.
- Safety Gates help prevent falls down stairs and keep children away from dangerous areas. Look for safety gates that children cannot dislodge easily, but that adults can open and close without difficulty. For the top of stairs, gates that screw to the wall are more secure than "pressure gates." Typical cost of a safety gate: $13 to $40.
- Door Knob Covers and Door Locks help prevent children from entering rooms and other areas with possible dangers. Door knob covers and door locks can help keep children away from places with hazards, including swimming pools. Typical cost of a door knob cover: $1 and door lock: $5 and up.
- Anti-Scald Devices should be used for faucets and shower heads to regulate water temperature and help prevent burns. Also, set your water heater temperature to 120 degrees Fahrenheit to help prevent burns from hot water. Typical cost of an anti-scald device: $6 to $30.
- Smoke Detectors should be placed on every level of your home and near bedrooms to alert you to fires. If detectors are battery-operated, change batteries at least once a year or consider using 10-year batteries. Typical cost of a smoke detector: less than $10.
- Window Guards and Safety Netting help prevent falls from windows, balconies, decks, and landings. Typical cost of a window guard or safety netting: $8 to $16.
- Corner and Edge Bumpers help prevent injuries from falls against sharp edges of furniture and fireplaces. Typical cost of a corner and edge bumper: $1 and up.
- Outlet Covers and Outlet Plates help prevent electrocution. Typical cost of an outlet cover: less than $2.
- Carbon Monoxide (CO) Detector outside bedrooms help prevent CO poisoning. Typical cost of a carbon monoxide (CO) detector: $30 to $70.
- Window Blind Cords should be cut; use Safety Tassels and Inner Cord Stops to help prevent children from strangling in blind cord loops. When buying new miniblinds, verticals, and draperies, ask for safety features to prevent child strangulation.
- Door Stops and Door Holders help prevent injuries to fingers and hands. Typical cost of a door stop and door holder: less than $4.
- Cordless Phones make it easier to continuously watch young children, especially when they're in bathtubs, swimming pools, or other potentially dangerous areas. Typical cost of a cordless phone: $30 and up.