Once your baby is mobile, making your home safer is almost a daily chore. Here, we give you some general safety tips that will help keep your child out of harm’s way. Please remember that by no means is this a complete list but rather a guide to help you begin to recognize the less obvious dangers that may exist in your home. We can give you a specific list of safety recommendations that you should implement in your home only after conducting a home safety evaluation.
It is important that all parents establish a safety plan with their children when they are very young. The plan may vary based on the child's unique situation, but there are some safety rules that apply to all children. A child safety plan will provide guidance by telling the child where to go, what to do, and how to react in a potentially dangerous situation. Additionally, all parents should remember to address what to do if the child gets lost.
On average, nearly 500 children die in home fires every year. If your family lives in a home with working smoke alarms the likelihood of dying in a fire is half that compared to a home without working alarms. Use the tips below to learn how to keep your family safe from fire.
The holiday season is approaching and we want it to be a safe and happy time for you. During the holidays we all enjoy exchanging gifts, family gatherings, decorating our homes among many other special moments. To be sure you keep your children safe this holiday season we remind you to pay attention to all kinds of common household items and toys that use small batteries. They can be found in items such as clocks, toys, hearing aids, cameras, watches, remote controls, musical greeting cards, calculators, portable electronics and other everyday items. Because these batteries are very small, a young child can easily swallow one without their parent realizing until much later. These ingestions can have serious outcomes.
It is the nature of young children to explore the world around them, but their curiosity can lead to serious injury. A professional childproofer can help identify safety hazards in your home. Each year there are about two million children under the age of five who are treated in emergency rooms for injuries that occurred in the home. Listed below are some of the most common – and preventable – child safety hazards. Remember, specific hazards vary from home to home and from child to child, so this list is by no means all-inclusive.
All over the news lately, as momentum builds to stop the use and sales of these unnecessary and dangerous products. Do not use crib bumpers as they pose suffocation, strangulation and choking hazards to infants. Additionally, crib bumpers pose fall hazards to older babies who can pull up to a stand and use the bumper pads as footing to catapult out of the crib – possibly facing severe injuries from a fall.
NEWS from CPSC
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
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September 23, 2010
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On average, one child dies every two weeks due to tipovers
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Many parents and caregivers may not be aware that one of the top hidden hazards in the homes where young children live or visit is unsecured and unstable TVs, furniture and appliances. Today, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is urging families to take a moment to inspect and secure these items to prevent any more tragedies.
Between 2000 and 2008, CPSC staff received reports of nearly 200 tipover related deaths involving children eight years old and younger. Nearly all of these fatalities (93%) involved children five years old and younger.
Holiday decorations, especially candles and electrical lighting, can be fire hazards, and Baby Proofers Plus reminds parents and grandparents to take a few precautions when decorating and entertaining for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwaanza and other fall/winter holidays and festivities.
Screens keep bugs out, not kids in.
- Window guards, to prevent children from falling out of windows.
- Window stops so that windows open no more than four inches.
- Close and lock windows when they are not being used.
- Keep furniture away from windows so kids cannot climb to the ledge.
- If you have double-hung windows —it is generally safer to open the top pane, but growing kids may have enough strength, dexterity and curiosity to open the bottom pane. Be vigilant.
- Do not rely on window screens to prevent falls.
- Supervise children at all times, especially around open windows.
City dwellers, suburbanites, those living in small one bedroom apartments or in sprawling palatial homes, virtually all of our customers have wire management needs. With all the technology, gadgetry, electronics and home offices; many parents of young children recognize these dangers: exposed dangling wires, a birds nest of wires and cable wires along baseboards. They want solutions to protect their unsuspecting crawling baby or curious toddler from falling prey to a preventable injury. As a professional child proofer, we know the potential danger of wrapping a wire around a neck, biting onto a live electrical wire or pulling on a stapled cable wire can be trouble. There are several solutions we use to mitigate the dangers wires can cause to “our” children without compromising aesthetics.