There are so many reasons why you might want to make sure that your preschool and school-aged child’s bedroom is very safe. Perhaps your child has begun to sleepwalk at night. Maybe you’d like to be able to leave your preschool child in his or her room to play for just a few minutes while you tend to another child. Or, maybe you just want to make sure you’ve dotted your i’s and crossed your t’s where safety in your child’s room is concerned. Home-related injuries account for more than 4 million pediatric emergency room visits each year.
You probably did some basic childproofing as soon as your child could crawl, but take a moment to review the checklist below to make sure that your preschool and school-aged child’s room is still as safe as possible.
- Make sure all of the outlets have sliding covers.
- Remove floor lamps. They are best used in other rooms, not in young children’s bedrooms. Also make sure all other lamps in your child’s room can’t easily fall over or fall off of the surface they are on.
- Once your child is ready to leave the crib, consider a low bed or floor bed instead of a bed on a regular-height frame. Consider putting the bed against the wall or in a corner to make falling out of bed less likely. You can also add a security rail to the side of the bed that faces the room, if you have a restless sleeper.
- Make sure all windows have window guards or window stops and be sure that your child cannot climb on furniture to reach a window. Don’t rely on window screens to prevent falls from windows because they cannot hold the weight of a child who pushes against them.
- Anchor shelves and furniture firmly to the wall. Add drawer stops that allow drawers to open only about four inches so that your little climber cannot scramble up the furniture by pulling out the drawers and using them as steps.
- Be sure to cut any window or blind cords that are looped and make sure that all strings or cords are no longer than 12 inches.
- Block access to radiators and/or floor heaters.
- Use night lights that stay cool to the touch.
- Remove any heavy items on top of furniture or bookcases.
- Add nonslip pads under any rugs.
- Use toy bins or low shelves to minimize clutter and check floor often for small items that would hurt if stepped on.
- Frequently check the smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in your child’s room.
Thanks for taking the time to make sure your child’s room is as safe as possible!