Home Safety tips for you and your family

12You might be surprised to learn that 3.5 million children go to the emergency room every year for the kinds of injuries that happen in the home. Fortunately, home injuries are largely avoidable through education and prevention. Parents can take proactive steps to childproof their home and keep their children safe. Here are 10 easy to follow tips that will make your home safer.

  1. Use approved safety gates at the top and bottom of the stairs, and attach them to the wall if possible.
  2. Give young children your full and undivided attention when they are in and around water.
  3. Keep cribs clear of objects, and make sure that babies sleep alone, on their backs and in a crib every time they sleep.
  4. Develop and practice a home fire escape plan, with two ways out of the house in case of a fire.
  5. Make sure there is a smoke alarm on every level of your home, and test the batteries every six months. Install carbon monoxide alarms on every level of the home, especially near sleeping areas.
  6. medicationstorage_a250pxKeep all medicine up and away and out of sight of young children, even medicine you take every day. Be alert to medicine stored in other locations, like pills in purses, vitamins on counters and medicine on nightstands.
  7. Store all household cleaners and other toxic products out of children’s sight and reach.
  8. Program the Poison Help line into your phone and post it in your home where caregivers can find it easily in an emergency: 1-800-222-1222.
  9. Secure TVs by mounting them to the wall or placing them on a low, stable piece of furniture.
  10. Cover unused electrical sockets with plastic covers.
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