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Tips to Help Keep Children Safe at Home

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With social distancing guidelines in place, children are at home now more than usual. Before the pandemic, 10,000 children were treated in U.S. emergency rooms each day for injuries that occur at home.

Fortunately, many accidents can be prevented.  Here are a few safety tips to ensure your child’s safety.

  • Keep household cleaners and disinfectants either locked up or out of reach of children.
  • Keep medicine and vitamins in a locked cabinet.
  • Preventing burns: turn pot handles inward and away from the edge of the stove. Also keep hot foods and liquids away from the edge of counters.
  • Children should wear a helmet when riding a scooter, skating, skateboarding or biking.
  • Be aware and avoid distractions such as cell phones during family walks. Teach children to look left, right and left again when crossing the street.
  • Pool Safety: Never allow children to swim alone. Teach them the importance of never entering or playing around a pool without adult supervision.
  • Keep car keys out of children’s reach. Teach them the importance of never entering a vehicle without an adult.
  • When leaving your house, walk all the way around your vehicle to check for children. Back out of your driveway slowly and avoid distractions while driving.
  • Whether you are at home or out with your child, supervision is most important.  An injury can happen at any time and anywhere. 

If you have children or have children visiting your home, keep it safe by following these safety tips and remember your supervision is key. 

Source:

The News Herald, “Commissioner offers tips to prevent injuries at home during pandemic”

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