Home Safe Home

A pull-out guide to keeping your family healthy and happy

Parents worry a lot about the safety of their families, and with good reason: accidents in the home are the leading cause of death among children in the United States.

But with a little common sense and this handy, room-by-room checklist you can create a hazard-free environment for your family and avoid unwelcome surprises.

Feel free to pull this section out and carry it with you to each room in your house. Use it to identify and eliminate potential problems. Then post it as a reminder that prevention is your best defense against accidents.


  1. Position crib away from curtains and window blind cords
  2. Measure the space between the bars of the crib rail. They should be no more than 2 3/8 inches apart
  3. Choose a firm mattress that fits the crib frame securely
  4. Keep crib rails in their highest position
  5. Remove bumper pads after your child is 6 months old
  6. Remove mobiles when your baby is old enough to grab them
  7. Position crib mattress at the lowest level to enhance sidebar protection
  8. Store loose clothing, pillows, extra blankets, decorative quilts and large plush toys outside the crib
  9. If your baby is able to climb out of the crib, move the mattress onto the floor or onto a small frame designed to hold a baby mattress
  10. Keep medications, vitamins, diaper pins, ointments and deodorizers out of baby's reach or behind securely latched doors
  11. Use a changing pad with a safety strap and never leave child unattended on the changing table
  12. Make sure your child's pajamas are flame-retardant
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