Make sure the pull-cord loops on older
window blinds and drapes have been eliminated
or secured. Cut the loop of the pull cord
just above the tassel to result in two cords,
or keep the loop taut with a tie-down device
that fastens the cord to the floor or wall.
Hand-test the hot water temperature.
A child can suffer third-degree burns in
a matter of seconds if exposed to water
above 120 degrees F. Most rental homes do
not have anti-scald devices or renter access
to the water heater thermostat. Hand-test
the water upon arrival to avoid accidental
scalding in the bath or shower.
Examine bunk beds for proper installation
and support of the mattresses. Bunk bed
guardrails, like crib slats, need to be
close enough together to avoid head entrapment.
Avoid allowing children under the age of
6 to sleep in the top bunk.
Place all household cleaners and other
potentially dangerous chemicals in a locked
cabinet or closet.
Inspect the rental crib to make certain
it is sturdy, properly assembled and in