Making Your Home Safe for Baby

The day you bring your baby home is always filled with excitement, but also a bit of nervousness. If you have any questions or need help getting started with your new baby don’t be afraid to ask. Talk to family, friends, or your doctor. Seek out support services. Read books like this one, and become educated. The better educated you are the more you will be able to relax and enjoy your new baby.

Making Your Home Safe with Smoke Detectors and Carbon Monoxide (CO) Detectors

Every parent wants to do as much as he or she can to keep a baby safe. This is a good time to check the smoke detectors and CO detectors in your home and perhaps add them to other rooms. Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors can be purchased at hardware or drug stores.

Before the baby arrives home, make sure the baby’s room has a working smoke detector. In case of a fire, the smoke detector can alert you to danger.

Check the batteries once a month, just to be safe.

Add a carbon monoxide detector to your home to protect your family from this toxic gas. Carbon monoxide can build up when heaters don’t work correctly, or car gas fumes get into your home. Carbon monoxide gas is invisible and odorless. This gas can even cause death. Only a detector can warn you if there is a danger.

—- from First5 Advice for New Parents

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