Safeguarding my Children
in my home
Parents who wish to safeguard young children should evaluate each room in the
house, recommends home economist Frances C. Graham of Mississippi State
Among the most dangerous rooms: the bathroom. "The standing water in toilets
is a drowning hazard to young children," she points out. Even bathwater, when
set at too high a temperature, is potentially deadly.
Graham offers suggestions for keeping children safe in the home.
- Never leave a child in the bathroom alone. Turn down the thermostat on the
water heater. A maximum temperature of 110 degrees Fahrenheit is recommended to
prevent unintentional scalding.
- Install child safety locks on cabinets. This is especially important for
those containing cleaning supplies, medications or any other dangerous
substance. Even everyday supplies such as soap, when taken in large quantities,
can be dangerous.
- Eliminate sharp corners or protruding objects. Tabletops, countertops and
hearths can pose dangers.
- Store or remove stools or ladders. Young children love to climb.
- Use protective covers on electrical outlets. They can be purchased in the
hardware section of most stores.
- Use safety chains on doors so children cannot wander outside. Also, use
protection gates that have a solid bar across the top instead of the old
"accordion" gates, since a gate without a solid bar across the top could be a
- Never tie mini-blind drawcords together. Children who playfully stick their
heads between the cords are in danger of choking or suffocating.