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Bedrooms: Household Safety Checklist

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Child's Room/Bedroom

  • Does your baby's changing table have a safety belt?
  • Are all painted cribs, bassinets, and high chairs made after 1978? (Prior to this, paint was lead based.)
  • Are crib slats less than 2-3/8 inches (6 centimeters) apart?
  • Are the crib's headboard and footboard free of large cut-outs?
  • Is the crib mattress firm and flat? Does it fit snugly in the crib?
  • Are the side rails up on the crib?
  • Is the crib free of soft pillows, large stuffed animals, and soft bedding?
  • Have any strings or ribbons been clipped off hanging mobiles and crib toys?
  • Are strings on crib bumpers 6 inches (15 centimeters) or shorter?
  • Are window blind and curtain cords tied with clothespins or specially designed cord clips? Are they kept well out of reach and away from cribs?
  • Are dressers secured to walls with drawers closed?
  • Do the lids on toy chests or toy storage containers have a lid support to keep them from slamming shut? Are all toy chests non-locking?
  • Has a window guard been placed on any window that isn't an emergency exit?
  • Are any night-lights in the room not touching any fabric like bedspreads or curtains?
  • Does your child wear flame-retardant sleepwear?
  • Have you removed all drawstrings from your child's clothing?

Adult's Bedroom

  • Are all medication bottles, loose pills, coins, scissors, and any other small or sharp objects out of reach?
  • Are window blind and curtain cords tied with clothespins or specially designed cord clips?

If you own firearms:

  • Are they stored in a securely locked case out of kids' reach? All firearms should be stored unloaded and in the un-cocked position.

  • Is ammunition stored in a separate place and in a securely locked container out of kids' reach?

  • Are keys kept where kids can't find them?

Reviewed by: Kate M. Cronan, MD
Date reviewed: March 2010

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