Childproofing the Bedroom

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Dr. Jamie Freishtat, a Pediatrician from Safe Kids USA, will show you how to childproof your bedroom.

    Dr. Jamie A. Freishtat : Hi! I am Dr. Jamie A. Freishtat, a Pediatrician from Safe Kids USA. Today I'm discussing childproofing room-by-room. Right now we're going to discuss some safety tips in the bedroom. Be sure there is a working smoke detector on every floor of the house, including the basement, outside every sleeping area, and in each bedroom. Be sure to change the batteries in all detectors at least once a year and test all detectors monthly.

    Also there should be working Carbon Monoxide detector outside each sleeping area and on each level of the home. They should be tested monthly and all batteries changed at least once a year. You want to make sure you keep all medicines, household products, and anything dangerous out of the reach of children. It's not only be stored up high, but locked away as well.

    Make sure you don't keep anything dangerous in any nightstands and if a nightstand or any piece of furniture in the bedroom has sharp edges, be sure to cover it with a cushion bumper. On windows above the first floor, install windows stops to keep windows from opening no more than 4 inches or window guards to help prevent falls. Be sure that guards and stops on the 6th floor and below have emergency released devices, which can be opened easily, quickly, and without any accessories. Find adult or elder child in the event of an emergency.

    In addition to prevent falls, keep all furniture away from windows, keep windows locked and closed. If necessary to open windows, do so from the top and constant adult supervision is a must. Remember, screens keep bugs out, but they do not keep kids in. Now let's address window coverings. We recommend replacing all the window coverings with cordless options, this is the safest choice.

    Cords pose a huge strangulation risk, so the proper precautions must be taken. Visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission website, cpsc.

    gov for more information and windowcoverings.

    org to order a free retrofit repair kits if needed. Also place all furniture, such as cribs, far away from windows, preferably on windowless walls. Remember, constant adult supervision is always a must. Be sure to secure furniture such as bookcases on walls, and televisions to the wall, with either a furniture strap or bracket.

    Kids can very easily climb up furniture, and they can topple over on them, causing very serious injuries. All electrical outlets should be covered when not in use; we don't recommend the use of space heaters. However, if you use a space heater as a heating source, be sure that all flammable items are at least 3 feet away and that when you leave a room you always turn it off. In addition, never leave a child alone in a room with a space heater.

    Also, always turn the space heater off before going to bed, leaving the room or the house. Never leave your child unattended on any piece of furniture in the bedroom, including a changing table or a chair, they could falloff. Always use the safety strap. Parents, please remember the safest place for your baby to sleep is in his crib, not in the bed with you. These were some important tips for keeping your children safe in the bedroom.