Baby tips

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How to Babyproof Your Home

l Use safety plugs in unused electrical outlets.

l Repair damaged electrical cords. Run cords behind heavy furniture.

l Use wind-up cord shorteners for the phone cords and bind window blind cords up high out of baby’s reach.

l Invest in good, sturdy doorway gates.

l Install latches on all drawers, cupboards, closets and cabinets.

l Bolt all top-heavy freestanding furniture to the wall or floor or remove it until your child is old enough to know better.

l Buffer sharp furniture corners and edges.

l Store knick-knacks away for awhile or display on high shelves.

l Use knob covers for the stove, oven latches and a refrigerator latch.

l Dispose of plastic sacks and produce wrap immediately.

l Keep important phone numbers tacked to the refrigerator -- poison control center, fire department, police, doctor, dentist.

l Store all medicines high above the floor in a latched cabinet. Ditto household cleaners.

l Use nonskid tub mats or appliques to prevent slipping.

l Use tub faucet covers.