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Family Room & Basement

Here are some tips to get you started:
  1. Young children love to climb on furniture and use drawers and shelves as steps. However, children can sustain crush injuries as furniture can easily tip over on them. Secure tall bookcases, shelving, and unstable heavy furniture to walls (into studs) with furniture brackets and/or anchors.

  2. Tall lamps or coat racks should be removed or blocked by furniture to keep from baby.

  3. Cover sharp corners and edges of tables or shelves with foam edge and corner cushions.

  4. Electrical outlet covers are critical in this room. The best type is the installed version. They feature a cover that can swivel away to plug in an item, but snaps back into place when the item is unplugged. You will never have to worry about forgetting to plug the plastic cover back in!

  5. Ensure all window covering cords are tied up properly out of the babies reach and the windows are locked. Windows should not be able to be opened more than 4 inches to prevent your child from falling out the window.

  6. If you have exposed brick or stone on your fireplace, install a hearth cushion to prevent your child from banging into the sharp brick edges. Use fireplace door guard or other latch to secure fireplace screen doors. If you have a mesh screen, secure screen to brick using screws and anchors. A fireplace gate or cage can also be installed around the fireplace to prevent access and burn injuries. A fire extinguisher should be kept handy.

  7. If your basement is used as a family room, all the above is applicable. All doors and areas that should not be accessible to your child should be locked.

Family Room & Basement Checklist:

Child safety furniture anchor

Electrical outlet covers

Fireplace hearth cushion

Fireplace gate

Latches and magnetic locks

Foam edges and corner cushions

Door stoppers

Blind cleats

Fire extinguisher

Fireplace cage
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