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SEGMENT: Keeping your kids safe against water heating hazards this winter

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – Drowning is the leading cause of injury-related among children between one and four years old.

Pam Fair from Safe Kids Columbus stopped by the morning show on Wednesday to give a list of steps in childproofing steps to keep your home safe.

  • The first step is childproofing a home by exploring every room at a child's eye level. Start by getting down on your hands and knees and crawling around. You'll be surprised at how much you can reach and how many small objects you can pick up.
  • Never leave your child unattended around water. We know it sounds strict, but babies can drown in as little as one inch of water. Keep toilet lids closed and use toilet seat locks to prevent drowning. Keep doors to bathrooms and laundry rooms closed.
  • Check to make sure the water heater is just right. With everything going on, we know the water heater is the last thing on your mind. But a small adjustment can give you one less thing to worry about. To prevent accidental scalding, set your water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit or the manufacturer's recommended setting. You can also test the bathwater with your wrist or elbow before putting your child in it.
  • Parents have a million things to do, but learning CPR should be on the top of the list. It will give you tremendous peace of mind - and the more peace of mind you have as a parent, the better.

Watch the clip above to see more information.

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