Keeping Kids Safe from Injuries
Accidents happen and minor injuries are an inevitable part of growing up. Unfortunately, sometimes more serious injuries can occur. You may be surprised to learn that injuries are the leading cause of death in children ages 19 and younger according to the CDC. Of course not all accidents and injuries can be prevented, but take a moment to review the following safety tips to limit injuries in your home and to be better prepared should an injury occur.
- Take a first aid course that includes CPR instruction. Knowing the right way to respond to a cardiac or breathing emergency may save a life. Find a class given by The American Red Cross near you by clicking here.
- Keep a first aid kit in your home and car.
- Teach your children to stop, look, and listen before crossing a street.
- Remove any toxic products from your home and post the phone number for the poison control center (1-800-222-1222) in an obvious place.
- Store all medications in a locked area, out of reach for children.
- Install a smoke alarm on each floor of your house. Test smoke alarms monthly. Keep all flammable items out of reach for children.
- Install Carbon Monoxide detectors in your home and test them monthly.
- Never leave your child in a pool or bathtub alone. Ensure pools have locked fences around all sides.
- Tug on your child’s car seat at the belt. If it lifts more than 1 inch at the base, tighten it up.
- Make sure TVs and furnishings are secure, and are not at risk of tipping over.
- Ensure your child wears a properly fitted helmet when riding a bicycle or scooter. Children should wear reflective clothing when walking or cycling near traffic.
- Install stair gates and window guards to prevent small children from dangerous falls.