Posted by: waterworksonwheels | September 2, 2009

Supervision Best to Ensure Safety

According to Safe Kids USA, more than 4.5 million children are injured at home every year. The good news is there are some proactive steps you can take, in addition to constant supervision, to help minimize the chances of your child being injured at home:

  • Make sure your floors do not have any small objects on them that can cause a choking hazard, such as buttons, coins or small pieces from a toy.
  • Store all medications and household cleaners our of sight and reach.
  • Ensure your water heater is set at 120 degrees or lower.
  • Install a fence around your pool, and never leave your child unattended around the pool or bathtub. Never leave a bucket of water unattended.
  • Keep furniture away from windows. A child can be strangled by a cord or fall from a window.
  • Secure heavy furniture to the wall with brackets and anchors.

By taking some of these steps, you can help decrease the chances of your child being injured at home. However, the best way to protect your child is constant supervision.

by Deanna Grey, R.N., the director of the Lund Family Pediatric and Adolescent Unit at Mercy Gilbert Medical Center

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