SAFETY IN THE HOME
In the United States, nearly 3,000 children die each year at home from unintentional injuries. More than three million
children are treated annually in emergency rooms from falls. More than one million children are accidentally poisoned each
year. Accidents can be avoided. Here are some simple KlaasKids Foundation Guidelines for safety around the home:
using baby walkers.
Install gates with childproof latches at the tops and bottoms of
Use window guards or open windows from the top, as screens are not
sufficient to prevent children from falling out of a window.
away from second story windows.
Place baby’s crib away from draperies or blinds with cords.
Put safety covers over all electrical outlets. Hide electrical cords.
childproof devices on cabinet doors, drawers and door knobs. Remove sharp utensils and glassware from lower drawers and shelves.
Make sure that your children’s toys do not have sharp edges or points that may hurt them. Toys that produce
loud noises can damage hearing. Do not allow them to play with electrical toys until they are old enough to do so safely.
Playground equipment should be inspected frequently for safety and stability. Playgrounds should have cushioned surfaces
such as shredded mulch.
House numbers should be carefully marked and visible from the street
at night. Address numbers should be clearly posted on a high-contrasting background measuring at least five inches high.
Keep all poisonous, flammable, and other dangerous products, plastic bags, medicines, alcohol, glues and spray cans
out of sight and reach of small children.
Keep a bottle of syrup of ipecac
on the medicine cabinet. If your child consumes anything poisonous, immediately call your local poison control center or your
physician. You may be instructed to administer syrup of ipecac, to induce vomiting after some poisonings. Do not administer syrup of ipecac unless instructed to do so
by a physician.
Sources: KlaasKids Foundation, Child Safety Network
Poison Centers can be reached
by calling 1.800.222.1222
ATSDR (Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry)
24 Hours/Every Day
According to the U.S. Consumer
Product Safety Commission each
year, more than 200,000 children
to hospital emergency rooms
with injuries associated with
Download the Home Playground
Safety Checklist to find out if your
playground is safe.
program of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, Take 25 aims to heighten awareness of children's
personal safety issues. With a focus on prevention, the campaign encourages parents, guardians, and other role models to spend
time talking to kids to teach them ways to be safer.
More on Missing Children here
Dangers of Kids
"....It is difficult to think of anything
more tragic than the needless (preventable) death of a child. Every one of these deaths is a tragedy, especially to family
and friends; and each one serves as a powerful warning that other children are at risk." Janette E. Fennell, Founder
and President, KidsAndCars.org Read more
below are some vehicular dangers children are exposed to (from kidsandcars.org):
Being inadvertently backed over in a driveway or parking lot
Being left in a vehicle where the temperatures can reach deadly
levels in minutes
vehicle into gear and setting the vehicle into motion
Strangulation by a power window, sunroof or power accessory
Being taken by a stranger in the course of a car theft
Hopping into a car trunk during an innocent game of hide-and-seek
Carbon monoxide poisoning
Finding matches that set the car aflame
Leaving the vehicle alone to go to the bathroom, or to go
looking for you
from the vehicle
power window swiches are safer? Read what Consumer Report says here
Summer Water Safety Guide (American Red Cross)
Staying safe around
water doesn’t mean having kids wear water wings read more
Safety Barrier Guidlines for Pools Handbook - developed by the U.S. Consumer
Product Safety Commission
The National Center for Missing & Exploited
offers a number of campaigns and resources to help keep
our children safe from Internet preditors. The following are just a few:
NetSmartz: Interactive, educational safety program
LAURA RECOVERY CENTER FOR MISSING CHILDREN
Education Search Prevention
Mission Statement: The LAURA RECOVERY
CENTER exists to prevent abductions and runaways and to recover missing children by fostering a Triangle of Trust among law
enforcement, community and a missing child's family.
In loving memory of Laura Kate Smither
Resources for parents here
Polly Klaas FOUNDATION
Order your Free Child Safety Kit here
Visit Project Jason for downloadable
brochures created by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children here
Click here for information on Missing Children
- I will not give out personal information such as my address, telephone
number, parents' work address or telephone number, or the name and location of my school without my parents' permission.
- I will tell my parents right away if I come across any information that makes
me feel uncomfortable.
- I will never agree to get together with someone I «meet» online without first
checking with my parents. If my parents agree to the meeting, I will be sure that it is in a public place and bring my mother
or father along.
- I will never send a person my picture or anything else without first checking
with my parents.
- I will not respond to any messages that are mean or in any way make me feel
uncomfortable. It is not my fault if I get a message like that. If I do, I will tell my parents right away so that they can
contact the online service.
- I will talk with my parents so that we can set up rules for going online.
We will decide upon the time of day that I can be online, the length of time I can be online, and appropriate areas for me
to visit. I will not access other areas or break these rules without their permission.
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