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Safety Tips for - grandparents expecting family with kids

Updated on April 18, 2013

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How to Child-proof - for grandparents

Expecting family with kids visiting any time soon?

The grand kids are coming to visit! What in earth are they getting into? You want to have a good time with the family but you need to think safety first, your time spent will be worry free and you will be able to have a great time.

I made this more like a TO DO list; initially I wrote this article on a different network

  • Start with the bathroom.

1.)Medicine cabinet. No matter what age the grand kids are, lock up all medications. Include even over-the-counter medications, as well as prescription.

2.) Secure doors to keep toddlers out. Make sure you can unlock the bathrooms door from the outside.

3.) Stash bathroom products, first-aid supplies, toiletries out of reach

  • Kitchen area:

1.) install cabinet-door safety latches

2.) dishwasher it's easy to open and reach for a knife or anything else to hurt yourself; keep it empty or install a dishwasher lock.

3.) Stove/range - if you have pots on keep the handles turned to the back.

4.) Refrigerator: remove small magnets

5.) Trash can. Store behind a closed door or use one with a tight-fitting lid.

6.) Pet food an water. move dishes to where kids can't reach them.

7.) Eliminate, if all possible long, hanging table cloth. It's too much fun to pull down.

8.) Keep all kitchen cleaners, laundry detergent in a locked cabinet; have the Poison control number listed somewhere handy: 1-800-222-1222 9.) have candles with open flames placed in the middle of the table out of reach.

  • The rest of the house:

1.)Electrical - cover all unused outlets with outlet covers or plates, make sure all lamps and appliances cords are out of reach.

2.) Fire arms: age doesn't matter; unload and lock up all firearms, store ammunition separately. Have the key in a safe place where only you have access. No exceptions.

3.) Stairs. Install safety gates at the top and bottom for avoiding any accidents, you gather to have fun not worries!

4.) Fireplace: use a screen, cover gas valve or remove key, hide matches our of reach.

5.) Plastic bags are fun to play with, make sure none is at reach in any part of the house. Avoid a suffocation risk.

6.) Furniture, secure heavy, toll units against tipping.

7.) Windows - Install window guards in rooms above the ground level

8.) Curtains and blinds cords: tie up or install safety tassels and stops to prevent strangulation.


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      JP Carlos 6 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      Although this is written with grandparents in mind, the tips are great for all homes with kids. We are expecting our first baby mid May and these tips will help prepare me for the years to come. Thanks for the hub!