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Making grandkid time carefree
Protecting cabbage patchers
Foiling falls
Stopping snoopers
Avoiding ‘hot’ hazards
Keeping airways clear


Keep this important information posted on your refrigerator or near the phone. You’ll have ready access in case of emergency.

  • 1-800-222-1222 for poison-control center (this national toll-free number can be used to connect to a local poison-control center)
  • 911 for police
  • 911 for fire department
  • Parents’ work numbers, cell phone numbers and pager numbers

Keep this important information posted on your refrigerator or near the phone. You’ll have ready access in case of emergency.

  • 1-800-222-1222 for poison-control center (this national toll-free number can be used to connect to a local poison-control center)
  • 911 for police
  • 911 for fire department
  • Parents’ work numbers, cell phone numbers and pager numbers


Assemble a first-aid kit to keep on hand. Include:

  • bandages
  • thermometer
  • antidiarrheal preparations
  • ice packs
  • children’s acetaminophen

Assemble a first-aid kit to keep on hand. Include:

  • bandages
  • thermometer
  • antidiarrheal preparations
  • ice packs
  • children’s acetaminophen

These days, plenty of grandparents are on day-care duty. But whether you’re babysitting or simply hosting family gatherings, childproofing your home will allow you to relax. For peace of mind, consider these tips:

Protecting cabbage patchers

  • If you’ve set up a crib at your house, make sure the slats are no more than 2 3/8 inches apart and that the mattress fits snugly.
  • Never leave an infant unattended on a changing table, in the bath or on the middle of a bed.
  • Prevent scalds by lowering the water temperature to between 120•F and 125•F.
  • Make sure high chairs are sturdy and “tip-proof.” Keep babies securely fastened.

Foiling falls

  • Install gates at the top and bottom of stairs, and don’t use baby walkers.
  • Lock all windows or install safety guards.

Stopping snoopers

  • Install childproof fasteners on kitchen and bathroom cabinets, where poisonous items may be stored.
  • Choose trash receptacles with secure lids.

Avoiding ‘hot’ hazards

  • Make sure matches are out of reach.
  • Cover electrical outlets with safety plugs.
  • In the kitchen, use the back burners on the stovetop and turn pot handles toward the back of the stove.

Keeping airways clear

  • Inspect toys for small, loose or moving parts that could present choking hazards.
  • Don’t give preschool-age kids hot dogs, nuts, popcorn, raw carrots, hard candy or any other foods that could easily get stuck in the throat.
  • Store plastic garbage bags in a protected spot, and discard dry-cleaning bags immediately.