Safe Home for Baby


Your baby will grow and thrive in a safe environment. It’s up to you to be prepared for emergencies and make your home safer. There are hundreds of things, big and small, that you can do to make your home safer. We’ve included additional sources at the end of this section. But for now, here are just a few to get you started.

  • In emergencies, CALL 911 first!
  • Make sure you have the phone numbers of your pediatrician, the poison control center (1-800-
  • 222-1222), your spouse or partner at work, and your ambulance service (if you don’t have 911) programmed into your phone and easily accessible.
  • Turn your water heater down to 120°F to prevent burns.
  • Make sure every area of your house has a smoke detector and a carbon monoxide detector. Check them monthly.
  • Get a baby monitor and test it before you bring your baby home.
  • Do not allow anyone to smoke in your house, your car or near your baby.
  • Check to see that no safety recalls have been issued on equipment and toys you have bought or received for your baby. Call the Consumer Product Safety Commission at 1-800-638-2772 or go to
  • to check for a recall on your equipment.
  • Make sure cleaning supplies and other chemicals are out of reach. 

Safe baby gear 

Every year, tens of thousands of children are injured or killed by defective products. Before you use a “hand-me-down,” check with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission at for a list of the most important recalls and hazards.

Be sure to mail in the registration cards on all your new baby gear so the manufacturers will contact you if the product is recalled. 


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