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Baby proofing your home: 5 things you may have missed

by Shea Homes Arizona on October 9, 2014

 

All new parents do their best to eliminate potential hazards from their home. Sometimes, however, even the best efforts aren’t enough. Make sure you don’t miss these five frequently overlooked baby proofing items.

Mom and dad’s medicine

A child is admitted to the ER every eight minutes because of medicine poisoning. Keep prescription and over-the-counter medications locked up so babies, toddlers and older children can’t get to them. RxArmory is a safe, convenient and affordable method of securing prescription medications in the home medicine cabinet, closet, drawer or cabinet, protecting kids by eliminating the risk of availability. All new Shea Homes in Arizona come with an RxArmory medicine storage unit.

PS Packaging Front ViewTable salt

Other than the risk it poses to our blood pressure, salt seems to be a pretty harmless table-top item, right? According to Debra Smiley Holtzman, author of The Safe Baby, table salt can pose a serious hazard to babies and infants. Just a half teaspoon of table salt ingested by an infant or a tablespoon of salt ingested by a toddler can cause damage to his central nervous system.

Recalled products

In most cases, parents need to be proactive in researching recalled products. Otherwise, you may not know which furniture, toys or even clothing could be an accident waiting to happen. Visit http://www.cpsc.gov/ or http://www.recalls.gov/ or call the Consumer Product Safety Commission at (800) 638-2772 for the most up to date recall information.

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Large and heavy items

When you bring home a new baby, it may seem like you have all the time in the world before the little one is cruising around the house and pulling up on furniture. Unfortunately, some parents forget to tether large heavy objects like television sets and bookcases before it’s too late. A 201 study showed roughly one child is ending up in the ER every 30 minutes due to a falling television. If you have children in your home, eliminate tipping hazards by secure heavy items to a stud in the wall using brackets, braces, anchors or wall straps. Always follow manufacturer’s instructions.

Latex balloons

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics,latex balloons are responsible for more choking deaths than any other item. Most of these fatalities are among children age 6 and younger. Keep balloons out of reach to prevent uninflated or pieces of broken latex from forming a tight seal and blocking a child’s airway. A 1995 Consumer Products Safety Commission review found that children had inhaled latex balloons whole (often while trying to inflate them) or choked on small broken balloon fragments.

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