baby safety check list

Baby Proof Your Home

Around the Home:

  • Check that low level windows or doors have reinforced safety glass or Perspex.
  • If you have stairs, make sure that your child can’t fall between the banisters
  • Use a stair gate at the top and bottom of the stairs
  • Check that there are no small objects within your baby’s reach, as most things will end up in baby’s mouth
  • Install smoke detectors
  • Choose baby safe fans with no blades
  • Check carpets aren’t loose so your child won’t trip
  • Tie up all blind and curtain cords and keep them out of your child’s reach. Consider buying special safety toggles to fit on blinds and curtains cords
  • Fix catches and fly screens on windows so they cannot be fully opened

General Safety Points to consider

  • Consider doing a first aid course
  • Keep the Poisons Information Centre number 131 126 handy e.g. On your mobile, on the fridge
  • Don’t place chairs, boxes, beds or anything that a child could climb onto underneath a window
  • Always buy toys that are suitable for your child’s age and ensure they meet Australian Safety Standards. Be aware of any loose parts, strings and cords.
  • Vacuum regularly and pickup things off the floor

Kitchen

  • If possible, put a gate across the door to the kitchen to keep your child out
  • Use cupboard, drawer and fridge locks
  • Ensure that electrical appliance cords do not dangle over benches where a child may pull them down
  • Put breakables, sharp utensils and cutlery in the highest cupboards and drawers
  • Don’t let your child touch the oven door
  • Always remember to turn pan handles away from the front of the cooktop
  • Push hot drinks and knives to the back of your bench
  • Always put cleaners, and if possible, your bin, in a cupboard with a child proof catch
  • Store plastic bags out of your child’s reach
  • Do not use small fridge magnets as they may be a choking hazard

Living Room

  • Place all sharp or breakable objects up high or pack them away
  • Make sure furniture has rounded edges or fix plastic corner pieces to sharp edges
  • Remove flimsy pieces of furniture so your child cannot pull it down
  • Put dummy plugs in electrical sockets and make sure you never leave a socket turned on with nothing plugged in
  • Place a guard around your fire or heater
  • Don’t use a tablecloth that hangs over the edge of the table

Bathroom

  • Fit guards to taps to prevent children turning these on
  • Make sure your shower has reinforced safety glass or Perspex
  • Use a non-slip mat in the bath
  • Always supervise children in the bath
  • Store medicines and first aid equipment on a high shelf or in a high cupboard out of reach
  • Consider a thermostatic valve to control hot water temperature.

Garden

  • Surround pool by an Australian Standard child proof fence with gate. Display prominently resuscitation and CPR guidelines
  • Check that there are no gaps in your fence, and that any side gates are locked
  • Make sure you lock garden equipment and pesticides etc. in a secure shed or storage area
  • Ensure any balcony cannot be climbed over