Drowning is the number one home accident, one of many that are all tragic and all easily preventable. Other top home accidents include fire, burns from pots, grease, irons, etc, head injuries, falls, poisoning, electrocution, shooting, broken bones, suffocation.
Once a child starts crawling you should childproof your home. Make sure to do the following to ensure your child’s safety:
Install stairway gates to prevent falls.
Put plastic safety caps on electical outlets to prevent electricution.
Look for dangerous power cords. Kids can bite on them or try to cut them, or if they are damaged, and your child touches them, they can be electricuted.
Put guards on windows to prevent falls.
Put poisons up high and locked away.
Keep medicines (over the counter and prescription) out of reach of children in a locked cabinet, even vitamins and aspirin, even mouthwash and toothpaste. Always use child resistant caps.
Keep guns out of children’s reach, locked up, and keep guns and ammo separate.
Lower hot water heat temperature not to scald.
Put a fence around an outdoor swimming pool and keep the gate locked. Curious neighborhood children may want to investigate your pool when you are not at home.
Handling food properly will decrease chances of food poisoning.
Use non slip rugs and bath mat to prevent slipping in tub.
Look for toys or cords that your child could trip on and remove them.
Install toilet safety locks to avoid drowning from toddlers falling into toilet water.
Don’t leave buckets of mop water lying around. A toddler can drown in even a small amount.
Keep your eyes on children at all times. A child can pull stool or chair to a washing machine and fall in head first, trapped to drown.
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