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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:

  • Avoid using baby walkers.
  • Install gates with childproof latches at the tops and bottoms of stairways.
  • Use window guards or open windows from the top, as screens are not sufficient to prevent children from falling out of a window.
  • Arrange furniture 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.
  • Use 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
Poison Prevention tips
 
ATSDR  (Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry)
800.232.4636
TTY: 888.232.6348
24 Hours/Every Day

safety is no accident

 
click to download safety checklist

According to the U.S. Consumer
Product Safety Commission each
year, more than 200,000 children
go to hospital emergency rooms
with injuries associated with
playground equipment. 
Download the Home Playground
Safety Checklist
to find out if your
playground is safe.

click here to read warning

A 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 and Cars
"....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

 
Listed 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
  • Knocking the 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
  • Being kidnapped from the vehicle
 
Which 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 Children
offers a number of campaigns and resources to help keep our children safe from Internet preditors.  The following are just a few:
 
Help Delete Online Predators: List of places you might find sexual predators
NetSmartz: Interactive, educational safety program
NetSmartz411: Q&A for parents and guardians

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

Project Jason
Visit Project Jason for downloadable brochures created by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children here

Click here for information on Missing Children

Kids: Rules for Online Safety
Courtesy of Beyond Missing

  • 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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