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When seeking to child-proof a home, examine it from a child's point of view. Get down on all fours and comb for items that can be swallowed: poisonous plants, small objects, sharp edges or other potential hazards.

Use safety covers on all unused electrical outlets.Install a carbon monoxide detector. You should also have smoke detectors on each level of the home.

Mount baby gates at the top and bottom of stairs and make sure they are securely bolted, not just pressure mounted.

Install safety latches on all kitchen cabinets and drawers.

Keep appliances, appliance cords, placemats and tablecloths out of reach.

Set hot water heaters to 120 degrees or less.

Install locks on toilets and medicine cabinets. Check walls for lead-based paints. Make sure a baby's crib has no more than a 2-inch space between slats.

Beware of toys or mobiles with detachable parts that could choke a child.

Bolt heavy furniture to the walls.

Source: National Safe Kids Campaign.

National Safe Kids Campaign (for fact sheets on injury prevention): Visit the Web site at www.safekids.org or call 1-202-662-0600.

International Association For Child Safety (to locate member baby-proofing companies): 1-888-677-4227.

Lowe's Home Safety Council Hotline (to order a free video and home safety tips): (800) SAFE-HOME or visit the Web site at www.loweshomesafety.com.