Walls & Floors

    • Are walls in good condition, with no peeling or cracking paint (which could contain lead in older homes)?
    • Are there any nails in the walls that should be removed?
    • Are mirrors and frames hung securely?
    • Are rugs secured to floors or fitted with anti-slip pads underneath?
    • Are the floors free of clutter?
    • Do your kids wear slippers when on a wooden or slippery floor?

    Doors & Windows

    • Have you installed a finger-pinch guard on doors?
    • Have you removed the rubber tips from all door stops or installed one-piece door stops?
    • Have you placed doorknob covers on doors so that your toddler won't be able to leave the house?
    • Do all glass doors in the house contain decorative markers so they won't be mistaken for open doors?
    • Do all sliding doors have childproof locks?
    • Is all furniture placed away from windows?
    • Are there safety bars or window guards installed on upper-story windows?
    • Are there window stops to keep the windows from closing all the way?
    • Are window blind cords tied with clothespins or specially designed cord clips?


    • Are bookshelves and other furniture secured to the wall or floor so they can't be tipped over?
    • Is there protective padding on corners of coffee tables, furniture, and countertops that have sharp edges?
    • Do toy chests and other chests have safety hinges to prevent them from closing?
    • Have you checked that all used or hand-me-down baby equipment hasn't been recalled?
    • Are flatscreen TVs mounted securely on the wall? Are older, heavy TVs on a low, stable piece of furniture?
    • Are there stops on all removable drawers to prevent them from falling out?
    • Are there safety locks on drawers and cabinets?
    • Are beds and cribs away from windows?


    • Are there hardware-mounted safety gates at the top and bottom of every stairway?
    • Do the gates meet current safety standards?
    • Are stairways clear of tripping hazards, such as loose carpeting or toys?
    • Have you placed a guard on banisters and railings if your child can fit through the rails?
    • Are the railings and banisters secure?
    • Is the door to the basement steps kept locked?
    • Is there enough light in the stairway?
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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