Childproofing Checklist

  • Electrical outlets have child-safe covers.
  • Indoor and outdoor areas are free of dangerous and/or sharp edges and corners.
  • Dangerous chemicals, cleaning supplies, and medications are stored in childproof cabinets.
  • Windows have childproof window guards.
  • Radiator, hot pipes, etc. are covered with protective material.
  • Electrical devices are away from sources of water.
  • Equipment, materials, furnishings, and play areas should be sturdy, safe, in good repair and meet the recommendations of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Programs should attend to, including but not limited to, the following safety hazards:
    • Openings that could entrap a child’s head or limbs; o Elevated surfaces that are inadequately guarded;
    • Lack of specified surfacing and fall zones under and around climbable equipment;
    • Mismatched size and design of equipment for the intended users;
    • Insufficient spacing between equipment;
    • Tripping hazards;
    • Components that can pinch, sheer, or crush body tissues;
    • Equipment that is known to be of a hazardous type;
    • Sharp points or corners;
    • Splinters;
    • Protruding nails, bolts, or other parts that could entangle clothing or snag skin;
    • Loose, rusty parts;
    • Hazardous small parts that may become detached during normal use or reasonably foreseeable abuse of the equipment and that present a choking, aspiration, or ingestion hazard to a child;
    • Strangulation hazards (e.g., straps, strings, etc.);
    • Flaking paint;
    • Paint that contains lead or other hazardous materials; and
    • Tip-over hazards, such as chests, bookshelves, and televisions.
  • Plastic bags, matches, candles, and lighters should not be accessible to children.
  • Choking hazards (small magnets, toys, etc.) are not accessible to children.
  • Outdoor play areas should be enclosed.
  • All closets can be opened from the inside.
  • Light fixtures are shielded and/or inaccessible to children.
     

This list has been adapted from safety standards developed by the: