"Childproofing" is next to impossible! You can, however, dramatically decrease the risk of injuries by making a few changes to your home and keeping your child under constant supervision.

Everyday Objects to Watch Out For1

  • Cords, ribbons, threads and strings: These can get wrapped around your child’s neck. Keep these things at a place where your child can’t reach them, even if he/she climbs on the furniture.
  • Purses can contain coins, mints or medications: Store purses where your child can’t get them.

Preventing Falls and Bumps1,2

  • Removing tripping hazards from the floor, such as toys, rugs and electrical cords to create a clear play area.
  • Secure bookcases, TV cabinets and other furniture to the wall with safety screws.
  • Always use a full-body safety harness in prams, strollers, high chairs and shopping trolleys.
  • Use a safety gate at the top and bottom of stairs to help prevent falls.
  • Keep furniture away from windows and install window locks to prevent windows from opening wide enough for a child to fit through.

Preventing Kitchen Mishaps and scalds1,2

  • Store knives and other sharp objects out of your child’s reach.
  • Make the area near the stove an off-limits zone.
  • Be careful when cooking with hot oil.
  • Place hot liquids and food away from the edges of a table. Avoid using a tablecloth – children can pull the edge of the tablecloth and spill hot fluids over themselves.
  • Unplug small appliances.
  • Place beans, nuts and other choking hazards out of reach.
  • Never hold a child while you have a hot drink.

Preventing Bathroom Mishaps1,2

  • Supervise your toddler every moment when he/she’s near or in water.
  • All medications, cosmetics, cleansers, hair appliances and personal care products should be kept out of your child’s reach.
  • Use non-skid bath mats in the bathtub and shower.
  • Keep the toilet lid closed and install a toilet seat lock.

Preventing choking hazards1,2

  • Be watchful of household items which can pose a choking hazard including pen tops, hair ties, batteries and coins.
  • Encourage children to sit calmly eat their meal slowly.
  • Check toys regularly for any small parts that can become a choking hazard.
  • Do not let your child play with things that can break into small pieces, like Styrofoam


  1. Toddler’s First Steps-A Best Chance Guide to Parenting Your 6- to 36-Month-Old [Internet]. Available at: https://www.health.gov.bc.ca/library/publications/year/2019/TFS-3rd-edit.... Accessed on Feb 25, 2020.
  2. Child safety and injury prevention [Internet] [Updated May, 2019]. Available at: https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/child-safety-an.... Accessed on Feb 25, 2020.