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Safety Tips For Parents

6998316949_8f6ba8e038_zHere are some tips from www.safekids.org. June is National Safety Month, so we want you to be informed about keeping your kids safe.

Below you will find some great tips regarding laundry packets, safe storage, safe dosing, falls, baby gates, screens and furniture. Follow these tips to keep your children safe and injury free.

LIQUID LAUNDRY PACKET SAFETY TIPS

Young children are explorers, and as they develop, they often learn by touch and by putting things into their mouths. Liquid laundry detergent packets are designed to dissolve in water, so when they come in contact with wet hands or mouths, they start to dissolve and might release the concentrated liquid inside. We want to encourage our kids to explore and discover new things, we just need to be careful to keep them safe. Here are a few tips to show you how.

  • Keep liquid laundry packets out of children’s reach and sight.
  • Keep packets in their original container and keep the container closed.
  • If a child gets into them, call the Poison Help number immediately: 1-800-222-1222.

Tip credit: http://www.safekids.org/tip/liquid-laundry-packet-safety-tips#sthash.xRaaMynS.dpuf

SAFE STORAGE, SAFE DOSING, SAFE KIDS

More than 64,000 children are treated in emergency rooms each year because they got into medication while unsupervised. Watch this video, made with the support of McNeil Healthcare, for tips on keeping your kids safe.

Tips credit: http://www.safekids.org/medsvideo#sthash.INnss94M.dpuf

FALLS

Unintentional falls are the leading cause of non-fatal injuries for children in the United States. In 2012, unintentional falls resulted in nearly 3 million injuries requiring treatment in an emergency room. These injuries resulted from activities such as climbing on furniture, playing near an unsecured window, falling down stairs or playing on playgrounds.

TOP TIPS TO PREVENT FALLS

Screens are meant to keep bugs out, not children in. Properly install window guards to prevent unintentional window falls. For windows above the first floor, include an emergency release device in case of fire.

Keep babies and young kids strapped in when using high chairs, infant carriers, swings or strollers. When placing your baby into a carrier, remember to place the carrier on the floor, not on top of a table or other furniture.

Use approved safety gates at the tops and bottoms of stairs and attach them to the wall, if possible. Remember to read the manufacturer’s instructions and warning labels to make sure you have the right gate for your needs. Not all gates are safe for use at the top of stairs.

Secure TVs and furniture to the wall using mounts, brackets, braces, anchors or wall straps to prevent tip-overs. These kinds of accidents happen more than you might think, so take a few minutes, secure your TV and furniture, and then never worry about it again.

Take your kids to playgrounds with shock-absorbing surfaces such as rubber, synthetic turf, sand, pea gravel, wood chips or mulch. If your child falls, the landing will be more cushioned than on asphalt, concrete, grass or dirt.

Tip credit: http://www.safekids.org/falls#sthash.JqIAmHEN.dpuf

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