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EXTRAS 54 childproof your home N ew parents face a host of challenges upon bring their newborn sons and daughters home, not the least of which is childproofing their homes so the newest additions to their families are safe and sound. The strategies moms and dads em- ploy when childproofing their homes will change as youngsters grow older and mure curious, but the following are a few tips to get parents started. Corner and edge bumpers can reduce the risk of injury when kids bang their heads on sharp furniture. so new parents should install safety latches and locks on all cabinets and drawers in their homes. The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission notes that such latches and locks can prevent access to a host of potentially harmful items, such as medications, cleaning products, knives, and other sharp objects. rooms where they might be harmed. Place gates in the doorways of rooms that contain sharp objects, work tools, substances that can prove harmful if ingested, and any other items you don’t want inquisitive tots to come into contact with. Make sure all safe- ty gates at the top of stairways are the kind that can be nailed into the wall. use anti-scald devices attach bumpers to the edges of sharp furniture Burns from hot water can quickly cause significant burns to young children’s skin, so install anti-scald devices that regulate water tempera- ture and reduce the risk of kids being burned. The CPSC also recommends lowering water heaters to 120 F to further reduce the risk of burns. use safety gates install safety latches Curiosity might start to take over at the moment infants learn to crawl, March 26–April 9, 2016 Safety gates around stairways and in doorways of prohibited rooms can reduce the likelihood of potentially harmful falls and keep kids out of Corner and edge bumpers can re- duce the risk of injury when kids bang their heads on sharp furniture such as coffee tables or other items with hard edges. Make sure the bum- pers are fi rmly secured before allow- ing youngsters into the room. Infants, toddlers and young chil- dren are vulnerable to injury around the home. Parents can reduce that injury risk by taking several steps to childproof their homes. Learn more at ■ – Metro Creative