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Bedroom and Nursery

Little ones probably get into the least trouble when they're sleeping, but you've still got to take a few precautionary measures. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, these practices can reduce the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome), prevent suffocation, and more.

• Bedroom windows are hot spots for accidental falls. Keep furniture away from windows—especially dressers and chests with drawers, which kids can open and climb.

Don't use mothballs or flakes on closet floors. Opt for a hanging cedar block instead. Also be mindful in general of pest control devices and poisons that are laid out around the house.

• According to The National Safety Council, spaces between crib slats should be no larger than 2 inches apart to prevent infants from getting extremities lodged between them. (Cribs manufactured after 1974 are required to meet this standard, but make a note of the specs if you're using heirloom furniture or buying second-hand. In those circumstances, test for lead and other contaminants, too.) Headboards should not feature cutouts. The top rail of crib sides should be at least 26 inches above the top of the mattress at its lowest set position. When your child can stand, set mattresses at their lowest position, and stop using cribs when height of top rails is less than ¾ of your child's height. For more on mattress requirements and a safe crib environment, download Crib Safety Tips from

• The Home Safety Council's Save Haven research finds that even though the majority of fatal home fires happen at night, only 13 percent of respondents have a fire escape plan. Make sure there are working (good batteries and audible alarm) smoke detectors on every level of your home. Carbon Monoxide detectors should also be installed throughout the home, especially near bedrooms.

The key to prevention is awareness. If you have another tip or idea, share it in the comment section below.
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