is probably the one place parents like to believe
is the safest for their children. However, your house
may hold countless safety hazards that may be harmfuleven
fatalto your children. Home injury deaths are
caused primarily by fire and burns, drowning, suffocation,
choking, unintentional firearm injury, poisoning and
falls. Young children are at the greatest risk because
they spend most of their time at home.
help reduce the risk of tragedy at home, the National
SAFE KIDS Campaign offers the following tips
to parents and caregivers:
not convenience, comes first when childproofing
the home. Busy
parents and individuals without children in the
home are more likely to store household items with
convenience, rather than safety, as the top priority.
Curious kids can be very determined, so lock all
potentially harmful products out of their reach.
need to examine everything in the home from the
vantage point of a young child. Get down
on the floor on your hands and knees and explore
the home the way a curious young child might. You
may feel silly, but taking this precaution is far
better than any tragic alternative for your child
or loved one.
every room in the home. During your inspection,
ask yourself, what looks tempting? What is within
reach? Look for potential dangers between the floor
and about 40 inches above the floor. Also, check
floors and carpets for buried dangers like pins
or coins. Remove or correct any potential hazards.
further information, please visit the National SAFE
KIDS Campaign's website at: http://www.safekids.org