Is Your Baby Safe at Home?

Childhood injury occurs most commonly at home. Parents play an important role in taking preventive measures to ensure their living environment is safe.

Complete this checklist to see whether your home environment is childproof.

Is Your Baby Safe at Home?

  1. Have you ever left your child alone at home or to the care of older children?

    Yes/No

  2. Do you have a first-aid kit at home?

    Yes/No

  3. Do you know first-aid?

    Yes/No

Bedroom

(Questions 1- 9 are particularly important for babies in the first 6 months)

  1. Have you placed your baby on the back to sleep and have his arms uncovered by blanket?

    Yes/No/Not applicable

  2. Have you placed your baby to sleep on a quilt, pillow, sheepskin or bean bag?

    Yes/No/Not applicable

  3. Have you put soft and fluffy objects and loose bedding at where your baby sleeps?

    Yes/No/Not applicable

  4. Do you put your baby in his own baby cot to sleep?

    Yes/No/Not applicable

  5. If you sleep with your baby in the same bed, does your baby have his own blanket?

    Yes/No/Not applicable

  6. If you or other adults sleep with the baby in the same bed, are the adults smokers or very tired, or have they taken alcohol or drug?

    Yes/No/Not applicable

  7. Have you slept with your baby on sofa?

    Yes/No/Not applicable

  8. Does your baby wear light and comfortable clothing at bedtime?

    Yes/No/Not applicable

  9. Is the room where your baby sleeps well-ventilated with a comfortable temperature?

    Yes/No/Not applicable

  10. Is the distance between the vertical bars of the baby cot less than 6cm (2.5 inches)?

    Yes/No/Not applicable

  11. Does the size of the mattress fit the size of the baby cot?

    Yes/No/Not applicable

  12. Is the height of the cot rails less than 3/4 of your baby’s height?

    Yes/No/Not applicable

  13. Have you ever left your baby alone on the sofa or bed without guards (even for just a brief moment)?

    Yes/No/Not applicable

  14. Is there any rope hanging near the bed?

    Yes/No/Not applicable

  15. Is there a secured ladder on the bunk bed?

    Yes/No/Not applicable

  16. Is there any gap between the bunk bed and the wall?

    Yes/No/Not applicable

Living Room

  1. After you put your baby in a stroller, baby walker or high chair, have you secured the safety strap and kept the wheels locked?

    Yes/No/Not applicable

  2. Have you covered the sharp edges of furniture with corner protectors?

    Yes/No/Not applicable

  3. Have you locked and stowed the foldable furniture away in a secured place?

    Yes/No/Not applicable

  4. Are sockets covered with protective covers?

    Yes/No/Not applicable

  5. Are doors open fixed in position with stoppers or magnets?

    Yes/No/Not applicable

  6. Have any items been stacked in a way such that children can climb up high?

    Yes/No/Not applicable

  7. Have you installed window guards and kept them locked?

    Yes/No/Not applicable

  8. Have you tied up curtain cords and put them out of the reach of your child?

    Yes/No/Not applicable

  9. Do you have tables or doors made of fragile glass at home?

    Yes/No/Not applicable

  10. Have you stored matches and lighters away properly?

    Yes/No/Not applicable

Kitchen

  1. Do you carry your baby on your back or front while working in the kitchen?

    Yes/No/Not applicable

  2. Are all sharp utensils stored out of the reach of children?

    Yes/No/Not applicable

  3. Is medicine stored in places where children can reach?

    Yes/No/Not applicable

  4. Is electric kettle or hot water flask placed out of the reach of children?

    Yes/No/Not applicable

  5. Have you installed a gate at the kitchen door to prevent young children (particularly under 3) entering?

    Yes/No/Not applicable

  6. Are handles of cooking utensils turned inward on the stove?

    Yes/No/Not applicable

  7. Do you reuse drinking bottles to store detergents and other chemicals?

    Yes/No/Not applicable

  8. Have you stored or locked up detergents in cupboards where children cannot reach?

    Yes/No/Not applicable

Bathroom

  1. Do you use a plastic basin for bathing your baby?

    Yes/No/Not applicable

  2. Have you ever left your child in the bath alone (even for just a brief moment)?

    Yes/No/Not applicable  

  3. When preparing to bathe your child, do you put cold water in before hot water and test the water temperature with your elbow?

    Yes/No/Not applicable

  4. Do you put an anti-slip mat in the bathtub?   

    Yes/No/Not applicable

  5. Is the floor of your bathroom always kept dry?

    Yes/No/Not applicable

  6. Is your bathroom door always kept closed?   

    Yes/No/Not applicable

  7. Have you left utensils filled with water around?

    Yes/No/Not applicable

You have completed this questionnaire.  Please check your answers.

Is Your Baby Safe at Home?      Y=Yes     N=No
1.N  2.Y  3.Y

Bedroom
1.Y  2.N  3.N  4.Y  5.Y  6.N  7.N  8.Y  9.Y  10.Y  11.Y  12.N  13.N  14.N  15.Y  16.N

Living Room
1.Y  2.Y  3.Y  4.Y  5.Y  6.N  7.Y  8.Y  9.N  10.Y

Kitchen
1.N  2.Y  3.N  4.Y  5.Y  6.Y  7.N  8.Y

Bathroom
1.Y  2.N  3.Y  4.Y  5.Y  6.Y  7.N

If your answers are the same as above, congratulations! You have provided a safe environment for your child.

If any of your answers are ‘not applicable’, you still need to take note of the situations as they might happen in the future.

If any of your answers are different from the above, please improve on the circumstances concerned to ensure a safe environment for your child.

(Published 05/2016)