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15 Baby Safety Items Every Home Should Have

12. Carbon monoxide and smoke detectors: Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are typically required by code, but often overlooked or neglected in the carefree pre-child days. Look for Underwriters Laboratories(UL)-approved carbon monoxide detectors, and install them in every sleeping room and at least 15 feet from any fuel-burning appliances (small releases of CO can set off the alarm). Consider a hard-wired smoke detector with battery backup, and test it monthly. Your local fire department will probably check the installation and placement of your smoke detectors for free.

13. Fire extinguishers and sprinklers: Parents might also want to take fire safety a step further than maintaining smoke alarms. Install multipurpose extinguishers in the kitchen and basement, and learn how to use them. Also consider retrofitting with a sprinkler system. Most important, have a family escape plan for fires.

14. Garage-door safety features: If you have an old garage-door opener, retrofit with automatic reverse and backup safety protection, such as an electric sensor that stops and reverses the door if it “sees” someone or something cross the door threshold. Also check your owners’ manual for instructions on testing and inspecting the garage door.

15. Family first aid kit: Keep a well-supplied first aid kit out of reach of children but easily accessible to adults. Stock it with a first-aid manual, bandages and gauze, cotton swabs, antiseptic wipes and cream, tweezers acetaminophen and Pedialyte or other electrolyte solution, which could help prevent dehydration.

From outlet covers to first aid kits, parents have plenty of options for keeping babies safe. Still, you can take it too far. Baby superstores are full of bathtub thermometers and small item testers. I can gauge the temperature of the bath with my wrist, and can guess if something fits in baby’s mouth without an extra gadget.

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10:42PM PST on Mar 6, 2014

This article consists of so much helpful tips and things but can you please suggest me any items which are affordable to me and I can purchase it for my baby's safety ? These are really very nice but I can't afford this much price !! :(

Before some time, I have read some silver cross wayfarer reviews for some stores and found that they are also good and safe for my baby and cheap for me to buy so I immediately ordered it !!

Please give me suggestions and affordable cheap items for my baby.

7:47AM PST on Mar 1, 2012

Some of you are asking how your generation survived? lol Well some of you didn't or had a nice trip to the hospital. Some of you had only one kid to watch and a small living space some of you were just not very curious or active and that has lasted to this very day apparently.

2:21PM PST on Feb 29, 2012

Thanks

7:07AM PDT on May 30, 2011

Eyes, ears and running gear.

7:39PM PDT on Apr 18, 2011

Ta, best way is to keep babycakes in eyesight!

5:20PM PDT on Apr 4, 2011

Good advice. Thanks for the great posting.

12:02PM PDT on Mar 16, 2011

Thanks

8:52AM PST on Mar 10, 2011

I wonder how my generation survived....

2:14PM PST on Mar 9, 2011

We had to use a play pen old one to keep our puppy in who broke his leg. Well you guessed it he jumped out and broke the other one.. The Vet was like okay wait a minute here so we ditched the play pen and my son at the time was 3 yrs old and the puppy got around just fine we could always hear where he was because of the cast noise.. and our son.. good watch dog..

2:49AM PST on Mar 9, 2011

I had the fire extinguisher, fire alarm, first aid kit and the outlet covers. Anything more seemed like overkill, because I always had a good eye on my baby.

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