Keep Kids Safe: Bedroom Safety

Bedrooms should be warm and inviting, but, above all, they should be safe places to sleep. Read through these easy bedroom safety pointers, make sure your rooms are in accordance, and then rest a little easier knowing your family members all have a safe place to be, day or night.

1. Make sure beds are at least two feet away from windows, heating vents, radiators, lamps, drapes, or cords.

2. Watch what you throw out- balloons, rubber bands, and any small or sharp objects can be very dangerous. Use covered trash cans and wastebaskets in homes with children and/or pets present.

3. Children love to climb inside anything they can fit into. Keep this in mind when selecting kid-safe furniture and if it will be possible for a child to climb inside, make sure there are air holes, if not, drill some. Cover sharp corners on furniture with padding to avoid head and other injuries. To keep little fingers and hands safe, chests with heavy kids should not be used in rooms where children will be allowed. When it comes to toy chests, one of the best things you can use is an open-topped basket. However, if you do decide to go with a hinged toy chest, make sure it has locking hinges that will keep the lid open at any angle. When using vintage furniture, watch out for lead paint.

4. Make sure your children are sleeping in age-appropriate beds on fire-resistant mattresses. Infants should sleep in cribs to prevent falls but don’t forget to check the spacing of slats or bars (no more than 2 ¾ inch apart)to prevent arms, legs, or heads from becoming stuck. Never let children sleep with an electric blanket. If bunk beds are used, ensure that both the top and bottom bunks have guardrails next to the wall and on both ends of the beds. The top bunk should have a guardrail on the outer side, a sturdy, easy to grip ladder, and should be reserved for responsible children over the age of six.

Don’t forget to protect your children and other loved ones with a home security system, which can provide a lifeline in case of medical emergencies, fires, and of course burglaries. I personally recommend ADT home security systems. ADT is the leading provider of home security systems in the U.S., with more than 100 years of experience.

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