This article is from the Baby Proofing FAQ, by Sandra Smith, firstname.lastname@example.org with numerous contributions by others.
From: Elizabeth Zaenger, University of Michigan EECS Dept., Ann Arbor
When I took Monica for her 9(?) month check up, the nurse asked about
baby proofing. I told her we had installed the child proof latches,
and she suggested we still take all *poisons* out of the lower cupboards
and put them completely out of reach for Monica. She mentioned that
automatic dishwasher detergent is often made with lye, and other
cleaners are very poisonious as well (anything with ammonia, etc.).
Regular dishwashing liquid is not poisonous (according to her).
Well, I did it as soon as I got home. All the junk we had under
the sink is now in one of our stupid little high cupboards that
isnt really very useful, since it is so hard to reach. We keep the
dishwasher detergent at the front, and lesser used stuff is at the
back, where I need a chair to reach it (my husband is 6'2", and
can reach it all 8^( Its a bit more inconvenient, but I have heard
*way too many* stories about toddlers defeating the "child-proof" latches!
Also, when I go to other people's houses, and notice things that could be
dangerous. Toddler-less homes are notorious for under the sink bad things,
and require dilligent serveillance on my part, but I have also noticed some
stuff at homes *with* toddlers (actually, a friends cottage, where they
kept the aspirin and stuff like that in a drawer in the bathroom sink
cabinet! I mentioned that one to them, cause we are pretty good friends,
but you cant always do that tactfully!).
P.S. One suggestion I have heard is to get down on the floor at baby level,
and look around for stuff that could be hazardous. I did that, and ended
up tying lamp cords off the floor--something I hadnt thought of from