4. Anti-scald devices and faucet covers: Also in the bathroom, prevent burns and injuries from hot water and faucets. Anti-scald devices can be added to faucets and showers to keep the bathroom water temperature low while keeping the water heater high enough to prevent bacteria and provide hot water in the kitchen. Also consider a soft, cute spout cover, such as the hippo- or elephant-shaped Tubbly Bubbly, to keep kids from touching hot faucets or bumping their heads on the sharp faucet.
5. Cabinet latches: If you keep cleaners, medications, scissors or other dangerous items in the bathroom cabinets, latch the cabinets to keep out little fingers. Also latch cabinets and drawers in the kitchen or other rooms.
6. Stove protectors: The stove is another potential source of burns. Install an oven lock and stove knob covers. Check the temperature of the oven exterior, too, and keep the child away from the stove if needed. Also use back burners whenever possible, and keep handles away from the edge of the stove, where baby could grab them.
7. Safety gates: Put safety gates at the top and bottom of stairs, and at the entrance to the kitchen, garage or other off-limits area. The safest gates are hardware-mounted plexiglass. Donít put pressure-mounted gates at the top of the stairs, and be careful with old accordion-style gates. They pose a strangulation hazard. Diamond-style gates should also be avoided to keep kids from climbing them.