If you have a dishwasher or washing machine, keep it closed. Picture: Supplied
The most effective way to ensure your child’s safety at home is to take a baby’s point of view to look for anything that could pose a danger. And as your child starts to walk and climb you will have to re-evaluate your home. Here is a checklist:

Around the house
  • Cover sharp furniture edges with padding or foam.
  • Cover all plugs with safety covers.
  • Hide electrical cords behind furniture or use cord-hiding devices.
  • Use doorstops and door holders.
  • Cut looped window blinds.
  • If you have a fireplace install a grill. Never leave your child there unattended.
  • Keep electronic equipment out of reach or locked away.
  • Secure any and all furniture that can topple over.
Kitchen
  • Install safety locks on all cabinets and doors and put household items, including cleaning products, cutlery and appliances outside children’s reach.
  • Do not leave hot pots or pans unattended on the stove.
  • Put a latch on the oven, microwave and fridge door and install covers on stove dials.
  • Put a lid on the dustbin.
  • If you have a dishwasher or washing machine, keep it closed. 
  • Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen and out of reach of children.
Bathroom
  • Install a toilet lid lock.
  • Put sharp objects and electrical appliances in a locked cabinet or high up in a linen closet.
  • Store medications and vitamins out of reach of children.
  • Place a non-slip mat inside and outside the bath and shower. Never leave your child in a bath or shower unattended.
Garden
  • Keep all pools covered with the correct covers at all times.
  • Store and lock away all tools like power and gardening tools, as well as fertilisers and pesticides.
  • Maintain play equipment. Look for signs of wear or rust.
  • Remove toxic plants from your home or garden.
General
  • Take a first-aid course. Parents, caregivers and domestic workers should be proficient in CPR and basic first aid.
  • Keep a comprehensive first-aid kit at home.
  • Pin a detailed list of emergency numbers on the fridge and keep it next to the phone. Save ER24’s emergency number, 084 124, on your phone.