Each year, nearly 2,000 children die in and around their homes. Eighty percent of those who die are preschoolers.
Here are some of the most common ways to prevent accidents in your home.
It is important to childproof homes, but being near nearby can prevent falls, cuts, bumps and other unforeseen accidents. Give babysitters the right procedures to get help just in case a serious situation does occur.
? Poison prevention: Keep all medications in closed, childproof containers. Medications often resemble candy. Keep dangerous chemicals and poisonous liquids in locked cupboards, away from explorers.
? Prevent burns: Young children love to help cook, but they should never stand up next to the hot stove to stir or pour. Sip hot drinks before serving them. Bath water should be warm the touch of your wrist, but not hot. Be sure preschoolers can't turn on the hot water themselves.
? Water safety: Never leave babies or young children alone in the bath water while you answer the phone or door. Drownings occur in just a little water and are one of the leading causes of death among children younger than 4.
? Electrical safety: Cover electrical sockets with plastic inserts. Batteries found in hearing aids, remotes, and other appliances are easily swallowed. Children should not play around fans and other appliances when they are in use.
? Tipping furniture: Nearly 13,000 children are injured each year by top heavy tipping furniture. Secure anything that might fall and crush a baby or toddler.
? Cord danger: Tuck electrical cords away so that toddlers are not tempted to play with or chew on them. Every year, many children get dangerously tangled in loose curtain or blind cords that have been left hanging down within reach.
? Choking: Babies and many young children explore their surroundings by putting things in their mouths. Check baby toys for loose parts. Be sure that older kids don't leave marbles, Lego pieces, rocks, and other little items within reach of younger siblings.
? Fire safety: Make sure your home has adequate smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors with fresh batteries. Have a plan of escape for everyone if a fire should occur. Never leave lighters or matches within reach of children.
? Gun safety: Statistics show having a gun in your home greatly increases, rather than decreases, the danger to your family. Hundreds of children die or are badly injured from guns in the home every year. Keep bullets and gun parts locked up in a sturdy safe. Never leave a loaded gun under the bed or in drawers. Children are naturally curious and even older children are not able to deal with finding weapons.