Top Ten Hidden Hazards In The Home - JPMA's Baby Safety Zone

Find the Top 10 Hidden Hazards in the Home


Cords can pose strangulation hazards to children, whether they are connected to blinds, home gym equipment or baby monitors. Keep cords tied up and out of reach of children and remember to keep cribs away from cords that can be reached while inside the crib.

Recalled Products

Know if a product you own has been recalled, including second-hand products. The best ways to ensure your products are safe are to fill out your product registration card and check for recalls at www.recalls.gov.

Loose Rugs or Carpet

Area rugs or carpets that are not secured to the floor can trip little ones who may already be unstable on their feet. Make sure that all corners are taped down and bumps are smoothed out.

Loose Change

Change can easily wind up on tables or in couch cushions, where curious children could ingest them. Assign a tray or jar for loose change and keep it out of a child's reach.

Hot Mugs

A relaxing cup of coffee or tea can quickly turn into an emergency if hot mugs are left unattended or are placed near the edge of tables where little hands can grab them.


Tipovers are a leading cause of injury to children. The best way to avoid them is to make sure all furniture items and televisions are secured to the wall.

Button Batteries

Button batteries are flat, round batteries that resemble coins or buttons found in common homehold items such as flashlights, remotes or flameless candles. Similar to coins and magnets, they pose a serious risk if ingested.

Pot Handles on Stove

When cooking, turn pot handles inward instead of sticking out from the stove where little ones may reach up and grab the hot handle.


Small magnets can be easily swallowed by children. Once inside the body, they can attract to each other and cause significant internal damage. Keep magnets out of reach. If you fear your child has swallowed magnets, seek medical attention immediately.

Liquid Detergent Packets

It is estimated that thousands of children have been exposed to and injured by laundry and dishwasher detergent packets. Easily mistaken by children as candy, these packets pose a risk to the eyes and, if ingested, to their lives. It is important to keep these items out of reach of children.

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