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Attn Grandparents: 12 Tips for Childproofing Your Home

An Important Message from Liberty Mutual:

Each year, children are unintentionally hurt—and sometimes killed—by hazards in and around the home. The good news is that these twelve tips for childproofing can help reduce and prevent the risk of injury.

  1. Install safety latches on all cabinets and drawers to prevent access to toxins and sharp appliances.
  2. Secure bookcases and bureaus to the wall with brackets to prevent them from tipping over.
  3. Put safety caps on unused electrical outlets, and ground outlets in the bathroom and kitchen with fault circuit interrupters.
  4. Unplug electrical appliances near sinks after use to prevent accidental electrocution from contact with water.
  5. Use the stove's back burners to keep hot pots and pans out of reach.
  6. Install anti-scalding devices on faucets and showerheads to prevent burns.
  7. Place bumpers on the corners and sharp edges of furniture.
  8. Install toilet locks to keep the lids closed. Children can drown in just one inch of water.
  9. Put up safety gates at the top and bottom of stairs to prevent toddlers from climbing and falling.
  10. Make sure window blinds do not have looped cords, which can be strangulation hazards.
  11. Lock up power tools and flammable substances in a shed or basement.
  12. Store and lock up firearms and ammunition separately, well out of reach.

As a member of the American Senior Benefits Association, you are eligible for a discount on your auto, homeowners and renters insurance through the convenience of electronic fund transfer or direct billing at home with Liberty Mutual.