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Child safety

 

Keep Your Child Safe When In The Bathroom

Keep children safe around the tub.

Set the water heater at 120į. Test water with the inside of your wrist before your child uses it.
  • Use slip-proof mats in and out of the tub.
  • Always drain the tub and keep the toilet lid closed. A small child can drown in a few inches of water.
  • Unplug appliances and keep them out of reach. Make sure your child canít pull them into the water.
  • Never leave small children alone in the bathtub Ė not even for a minute.
Keep Your Child Safe In The Crib

Your baby may spend a lot of time in the crib.

Here are ways you can make it safer:
  • Do not put fluffy blankets and comforters in the crib.
  • Do not put pillows, bumper pads and stuffed toys in the crib.
  • Use a non-allergic mattress. It should fit snug in the frame. There should be less than one inch between mattress and frame.
It is also good to:

  • Use flame resistant bedding and sleepwear.
  • Watch out for cords from bedding, toys or blinds. They could strangle a baby.
  • Make sure the crib meets todayís safety standards.
If a soda can will pass between the bars, they are too far apart.

You Can Help Keep Your Child Safe From Poisoning :

You should know that many household products can poison children. Keep these things away from your child:
  • Drugs and medicines.
  • Vitamin and mineral pills. Iron pills are the most common cause of poisoning in children under age 5.
  • Cleaning products.
  • Plants.
  • Beauty supplies and makeup.
  • Yard and garden supplies.
  • Paints and solvents.
Children can get very sick from products around the house or yard. They can badly harm your children. If they do eat or drink something poisonous, it is very important to get them treated right away.

Make Sure Your House Does Not Have Lead Paint

Lead paint can make your child very sick. Lead paint poisoning can cause brain damage.
  • Lead paint is found in older homes. It can be on the inside and outside of the house.
  • If you think you may live around lead paint, get your child a blood test. Talk to your doctor or clinic.
  • Lead can also be found in make-up and pottery. If you think your child may have been around lead, bring your child to your clinic for a special blood test for lead. Ask your doctor or health worker to test your child for lead poisoning at age 1.
  • Most children who have lead poisoning do not look or act sick.
  • A blood test will tell the doctor if your child is sick.
Keep Your Child Safe From Fire
  • Install smoke alarms. Make sure the batteries work.
  • Keep an ABC fire extinguisher in the kitchen. It should be useful for oil, electrical, paper or wood fires.
  • Keep all flammable products away from the furnace or water heater.
  • Donít smoke cigarettes. They are bad for you and your child. They are also a major cause of home fires and burns.
  • If your childís clothes catch on fire, smother the flames in a blanket.
  • If there is a fire, stay close to the door. Cover your mouth and nose and crawl out of the burning area. Smoke can kill.
  • Use only quick-release bars on windows.
  • Make a plan to escape fire in your home. Have everyone practice it with their eyes closed.
Keep Your Child Safe From Gas Or Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
  • Install carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Never run your car in a closed garage. The gases can poison you and your child.
  • Be sure that coal and wood stoves work right. If they donít work right, they can give off poisonous fumes.
  • If you smell gas, turn off your stove or gas burner. Leave the house and call for help.
Keep Your Child Safe at the Pool

The pool is a fun place for children and families.
It can also be a dangerous place:
  • Drowning is the number one cause of injury-related deaths for 1 to 4 year olds.
  • Children drown without a sound.
  • Brain damage happens after a child has been under water for 4 minutes.
  • Most toddler drownings happen at home or in a friendís pool.
  • Swimming lessons should not begin until age 4.
Drowning can be prevented:
  • NEVER leave children alone in or near a pool.
  • Swimming pools should have 5 foot fences around them to keep children out.
  • The fence should surround the pool.
  • The fence should have self-closing latching gates.
  • Have safety equipment by the pool.
  • Learn CPR.
  • If you are using a childrenís wading pool, empty it after use.

 


 
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