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"Safety First"--Home Safety

HOME SAFETY

Where do most of the accidental deaths and injuries occur?

  • Each Year 3.4 Million children are treated in emergency rooms for Injuries that occurred in the home
  • Almost half of these deaths and injuries happen in the home.

What can you do as parents or guardians?

  • Child Proof your home to prevent accidental injury and death
  • Understand the most common risk areas that can occur in the home.
  • Burns, Falls, Water, Poison, Fire, Choking and Suffocation

How often should a caregiver check their home for Safety concerns?

  • once a year
  • The first step in childproofing a home is to explore every room at a child's eye level.

What are some Childproofing Tips?

  • Set your water heater no higher than 120 degrees F. At higher temperatures, it only takes three seconds to burn a child's skin severely enough to require surgery.
  • Memorize this phone number: 800-222-1222. From anywhere in the United States, this toll-free number will connect you to the local Poison Control Center. Call this hotline if a child has ingested any substance that isn't food - but if a child is choking or having trouble breathing, call 911.
  • Test your smoke alarms every month. Make sure you have working smoke alarms in every sleeping area. Also check for fire hazards such as frayed electrical wires or flammable materials near heating appliances.
  • Install carbon monoxide detectors in every sleeping area and near fuel-burning appliances.  Test the detectors once a month. This invisible, odorless gas can be fatal.
  • Put safety gates at the top and bottom of every stairway. Gates installed with hardware are safer than pressure gates.
  • Install a self-closing and self-latching gate around the home swimming pool.  Make sure the fence surrounds the entire pool and put an alarm on your gate.
  • Cover unused electrical outlets. You can buy plastic outlet covers, or just use duct tape.
  • Keep firearms unloaded and locked out of reach. And lock up ammunition in a separate place.
  • Post emergency numbers by every phone. In addition to the numbers for fire and emergency medical services, keep numbers for the pediatrician and a neighbor handy.
  • Check your first aid kit to make sure it is fully stocked. Make sure babysitters know where to find first aid supplies and how to handle an emergency.
  • Securing Cabinets with cabinets locks found at your local hardware store or home centers.
  • Window blind pull cords can be a choking hazard, so be sure to secure them up and out of the way.
  • Childproofing your Bathroom is important so be extra careful with small appliances like hair dryers since water and electricity do not mix. 

Where can parents go to learn more about home safety? 

  • Safe Kids Columbus.  On-site experts can provide educational resources for parents such as brochures, checklist, and hold educational seminars upon request.  Contact Safe Kids Columbus at (706) 321-6183 or www.safekidscolumbusga.com .
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