All parents want their children to grow up healthy and strong in the place where they deserve to feel safest: at home. The good news is that there are simple and easy steps that families can take to protect their children.
- Use approved safety gates at the tops and bottoms of stairs and attach them to the wall, if possible.
- Make sure to read the manufacturer’s instructions to make sure the gate fits your needs. Not all gates are approved to use at the top of stairs.
- Keep babies and young kids strapped in when using high chairs, swings or strollers.
- When placing your baby into a carrier, remember to place the carrier on the floor, not on top of tables or other furniture.
- Properly install window guards and stops to prevent window falls. Windows above the first floor should have an emergency release device in case of fire.
- Supervise children in and around water at all times. Avoid talking on the phone and or reading a book, full attention should be giving to the supervision of the child.
- Once bath time is over, immediately drain the tub. Keep toilet lids closed and keep doors to bathrooms and laundry rooms closed to prevent drowning.
- Make sure home pools have four-sided fencing that is at least 4 feet high with self-closing, self-latching gates to prevent a child from wandering into the pool area unsupervised. Have sensors on doors and windows leading to pools in order to detect when one is opened.
- Every child is different, so enroll children in swimming lessons when you feel they are ready. Teach young children from an early age not to go near or in water without an adult. Older children should swim with a partner, every time.
Safety from Fire:
- Store all household products and cleaning solutions out of children’s sight and reach.
- Keep cleaning products in their original containers. Do not put a potentially poisonous product in something other than its original container (such as a plastic soda bottle) where it could be mistaken for something else.
- Put the toll-free Poison Help Number into your phone in case of emergency: 1-800-222-1222.
- For the best protection, install smoke alarms on every level of your home, especially near sleeping areas.
- Test smoke detectors every month and change batteries every six months. Remember, “Change the Clock Change Your Battery.” Smoke detectors are only good for 8 to 9 years before the device has to be replaced.
- Create and practice a home fire escape plan with two ways out of every room. In the event of a fire, leave your home immediately. Once you are out of the house, stay out.
- Keep anything that can catch fire, such as dishtowels or wooden spoons, away from your stovetop. Have a fire extinguisher in the kitchen in case of emergency, and make sure you know how it works.
- Blow candles out when you leave the room or before you go to sleep.
For more information on Home Safety Tips, go to Safe Kids WorldWide,
http://www.safekids.org/sites/default/files/documents/home-safety-tips-2015.pdf or contact Heather Gilmore at firstname.lastname@example.org or 321-567-3800.