National Safety Month —You Can Never be too Careful (and Giveaway!)

“You can never be too careful!” Parents hear this a thousand times before their children grow up, and it’s true.

There was a time not so long ago when there were no child safety lids for medicine bottles and seat belts were for the back seat only. Now there are kid-proof lids, warning labels, car seats, booster seats and ever-improving techniques for car seat installation.

In spite of the excellent improvements in child safety techniques, over 12,000 kids die every year from unintentional injury related causes. (3) Many of these injuries are caused from things we encounter every day.

We are all familiar with taking extra precaution with poisons inside the house. We know to lock away medicines and put cleansers out of reach.

Don’t forget there are also poisons in the garage that are deadly! Windshield wiper fluid (methanol) and antifreeze (Ethylene glycol) are terribly toxic if ingested. Make sure you put them up high and out of reach of children. This goes for gas cans and tiki torch fuel, too.

Have you ever taken a walk with your little one, and had them get too far ahead of you? A child harness is a simple way to hold on to your little escape artist. Many people scoff at the idea of putting a harness on a child. They call them leashes, and rant about treating their kids like animals. If I had not had my middle child in a harness when she was an active toddler, she would not be here today. She could twist out of my grip in a skinny minute and would take off running. Once she ran out between parked cars into the street! After that day, I bought a harness and we used it whenever we went out.

The ironic thing is that as soon as I put her in the harness, she stopped trying to get away. Why? Her hands were free and she didn’t feel restricted, so she was content to walk along like a big girl, while I secretly held on to her from behind. The harness fit around her torso like suspenders with a belt, and zipped up the back. There was nothing around her neck that would cause a choking hazard. I highly recommend trying this product out if you have a daredevil toddler in the house. (1)

Image by Redden-McAllister, used under Creative Commons License

A new, common but little-known danger is now in every household with small children across America. Approximately 2,270 kids are treated in emergency rooms every year for accidents related to sippy cups, bottles and pacifiers.(2)

Most of these accidents are related to lacerations related to falling while these things are in their mouths, and in this category, kids around age one are the most susceptible because they trip and fall a lot. To avoid this hazard, try to wean your kids from pacifiers before they start walking or only let them use one at nap time and bedtime. And allow them to drink from the sippy cups only while they are seated.  

We are devoting an entire article to water safety, so I won’t go into water hazards in depth in this article, but I feel it is wise to mention that it only takes an inch of water to present a drowning risk!  

It seems unlikely, but make sure you include your toilet on the list of things to lock up around small children. Toddlers are top-heavy and if they tumble into a toilet head first, they cannot get themselves out of it and can drown quickly.

Consider getting a lock for your toilet lid, such as this. This goes as well for buckets full of water that may be standing around (mop buckets and dog watering buckets).

Naturally, pools are a risk if they are not fenced in and if children are not properly supervised. A pool alarm is a great way to ensure that everyone stays safe while enjoying some pool-side fun all summer long.

More than 5,000 children fall out of windows every year and suffer serious injuries. Window screens are not adequate protection. You must make sure that your windows cannot be opened more than four inches to ensure adequate child safety. If you have small kids in your house, make sure they can’t climb up to windows by repositioning or pulling furniture away from windows. Screw a small piece of picture molding into the window frame four inches above the mid-line of the window to keep it from being opened too far, or install window bars, like the ones seen here so your little ones can’t topple out.(4)

It’s important to reiterate the most common safety tips:

  • Keep the number to poison control next to your phone. Poison Control can help you deal with accidental poisoning quickly by telling you what to do while you are on the phone.
  • Familiarize yourself with toxic plants and just get rid of them. There are lots of pretty plants that are not poisonous.
  • Make sure the cords on your window blinds are nowhere near where your kids can get their heads caught in them and choke. You can also cut the pull cords so they are not loops. An inexpensive way to safety proof your blinds is by using a cord wind-up.
  • Plug up your electrical outlets.
  • Put locks on your cabinets.
  • Lock away cleaning solvents and medicines.

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References

1. Child Leash Safety | eHow.com 

2. Mercola.com

3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System National Center for Injury Prevention and Control

4. The Chart from CNN

Check out more articles from Mama Say What?! celebrating National Safety Month: Car Seat SafetyBicycle Safety, Kids and Car SafetyBath Time Safety

2 Responses to National Safety Month —You Can Never be too Careful (and Giveaway!)

  1. we’d get a toilet clip and door knob covers!

  2. We got a ton of use out of our baby gate, and still do sometimes. And a handful of cabinet locks have given us peace of mind keeping cleaning supplies secured.

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