Whether they are coming for an afternoon or a week, taking some steps before your grandchildren arrive can help keep them safe during their visit. Adopt any of the following precautions from this grandparents guide to child-proofing that are appropriate for your young visitors’ ages and abilities.

 

Be prepared

  • Gather essential telephone numbers ahead of time. These should include the numbers of the children’s parents, their pediatrician, and your area’s poison-control center.
  • If you have a gun, make sure it’s not loaded. Keep it locked up and store the ammunition in a separate place.

Living areas

  • Keep small and sharp objects off the floor and out of reach.
  • Put safety plugs in wall sockets.
  • Don’t let electric cords dangle where children can reach them.
  • Lock doors that go outside, to stairs or to garages.
  • Don’t leave children alone in a room with a burning fireplace or plugged-in space heater.
  • Make certain curtain and blind drawstrings are secured and out-of-reach.

Kitchen

  • Use your stove’s back burners and keep pot handles turned to the back of the stove.
  • Keep hot foods and drinks away from the edges of tables and counters.
  • Don’t allow children under 10 to use a microwave oven.
  • Don’t leave a baby alone in a highchair. Always use the safety straps.
  • Don’t use tablecloths. Children can pull down plates, hot foods and liquids on themselves.
  • Keep cleaning products, knives, matches, and plastic bags out of reach.

Bathroom

  • Don’t leave children in the tub or shower. Small children can drown in two inches of water within seconds.
  • Keep medicines, vitamins, and soap where they can’t be reached. Buy medicines with child-safety caps.
  • Always check the bath-water temperature with your hand before putting children into the tub.
  • Ask your doctor or pharmacist about the best way to dispose of old medications. Do not toss them in the wastebasket.

Your bedroom

  • Don’t keep any medications, vitamins, or other medicines on or in your bedside table. Children often swallow pills because they look like candy.

 

A baby’s bedroom

  • Keep the crib away from window blinds and drapery cords.
  • Put the baby to sleep on his or her back in a crib with a flat, firm mattress with no soft bedding underneath. Doing so reduces the risk of sudden infant death syndrome.
  • In case of emergency, take the following steps if a grandchild swallows something dangerous or is burned or injured in any other way.
  • Call 911 or your community’s emergency medical response number.
  • Call the child’s parents.
  • Call the child’s pediatrician.

 

 

Source: Stanford Children’s Health

https://www.stanfordchildrens.org/en/topic/default?id=a-grandparents-guide-to-home-child-proofing-1-1434