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Five Tips for National Safety Month
Posted on 5/30/2017 by Jessica Edgerton
The National Safety Council (NSC) urges you to stay aware of the leading causes of injury at home, at play, and on the road. Along with thousands of organizations across the country, the NSC observes National Safety Month in June. The motto this month is “Keep Each Other Safe,” and we think that’s important advice! Here are five tips to help keep little ones injury-free at home, where more than a third of child injury and deaths occur:

Anchor the furniture. The NSC cites that one child is treated every 30 minutes for a TV-related injury. Anchors can prevent heavy furniture like TVs, cabinets, and bookshelves from tipping.

Keep coin lithium batteries out of reach. Injuries related to “button batteries” have increased significantly in the past decade. Many kids’ toys are powered with these button batteries, which can be fatal if swallowed. So keep a close eye on these devices, making sure the battery door is securely screwed into place or otherwise inaccessible.

Apply safety latches to cabinets and drawers. This is particularly important beneath kitchen or bathroom sinks or in shelves where substances like household cleaners and medications are stored. According to the NSC, the leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for all ages combined is poisoning.

Stay in the bathroom while your young kid is bathing. Drowning is the leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 2, and the second leading cause of death for children ages 3 to 6. Little ones should not be left unattended in the bath for even the briefest moment. Come prepared with everything you need, including a towel and bath toys, before placing your child in the tub, and bring your child with you if you need to leave the bathroom.

Prevent falls. Use a baby gate to prevent access to stairs, swiftly mop up spills on slippery floors, and position furniture that kids can climb away from high windows.

According to the CDC, emergency departments treat more than 200,000 children ages 14 and younger for playground-related emergencies.



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