Making Safety a Household Word

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“Safety First”, it’s a phrase that has been used for many years but that many of us may not put in the forefront of our minds, especially if we are not used to having children or older people around on a regular basis. Some of the more common things we consider in regards to home safety are bath tub safety, fire safety, and medication safety just to name a few. But there are other items in our homes that we may not even think about being
a safety issue for kids.

Did you know that unintentional suffocation is the leading cause of injury-related death among children under 1 year of age? Nearly three-quarters of suffocation deaths among infants are from accidental suffocation or strangulation in bed. Cords on window dressings like blinds or curtains can also pose a strangulation hazard to small children. Here are some ways to make your home safer for little ones.
 Keep window and electrical cords out of reach of little ones and never place a crib or bed under a window
with dangling cords
 Trim or remove window cords
 Install blind cord wraps

Remember to keep things like dog leashes and ropes up and away from children. Kids enjoy pretending to be animals such as dogs and horses and may place a leash or rope around their necks. These things can easily tighten around a child’s neck and cause serious injury.

Did you know that every three weeks, a child dies from a television tipping over? Here are tips to keep televisions and furniture from tipping over.
 Mount flat screen TV’s to the wall following manufacturer’s instructions
 Place heavier box-style Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) on a low stable piece of furniture that can hold the TV’s size and weight
 Secure furniture with anti-tip brackets, braces or wall straps
 Install stops on dressers drawers to keep them from being pulled all the way out and causing the dresser to be top heavy
 Keep heavier items on lower shelves and in lower drawers
 Avoid placing remote controls, food, toys or other items in places where kids might be tempted to climb up or reach for an item

The best way to keep your children safe is by paying attention to the environment they are playing in and keeping those spaces safe. Get down on their level and see what things might be tempting to play with. If it’s dangerous, remove that hazard. If you have questions regarding other safety issues such as safe sleep, or car seat safety, please contact us at 417-334-4544.

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