On April 26th, 2015, communities across the United States will celebrate Safe Kids Day, a day to celebrate kids, prevent injuries, and saves lives. When it comes to safety for your children, you know the basics: buckle up, wear a helmet, learn to swim, look both ways. Here are some lesser-known tips to make your family even safer in 7 steps:
- Tug on your kid’s car seat where the seat belt goes. If it moves more than 1” at the base, tighten it up.
- About 73% of car seats are not installed correctly, but org can show you how to make sure your kid’s ride is safe.
- Secure furniture and TVs. Mount flat screens and keep bulky-style TVs on a low and stable base, or recycle them.
- Every two weeks, a child dies from a television or furniture tip-over. Check your house for furniture a child might try to climb and for TVs that could topple.
- Make sure your smoke and CO alarms are working. Replace batteries every year.
- When a young child dies from a residential fire, a smoke alarm is either not present or not working because of dead or missing batteries. You can’t see, taste, or smell carbon monoxide, so your family needs both types of alarms.
- Scan your home for places kids can get into medicine. It is pills in purses, vitamins on counters, and medicines in daily reminder boxes that curious kids get into.
- Every 8 minutes, a child goes to the ER for medicine poisoning, and almost 9 times out of 10, the medicine belongs to an adult. Look at your house from a child’s perspective to see what they can see or reach.
- Keep laundry packets and cleaning supplies up, up, and away.
- Little ones love to explore and often put things in their mouths. Did you know that every hour, poison centers receive a call about a child who has gotten into a laundry detergent packet? Take a moment to place all cleaning products out of sight and reach of little ones.
- Ask your kid’s coaches if they have had concussion or sports safety training.
- To keep kids staying active and enjoying sports, young athletes and coaches need to know how to stay hydrated, stretch thoroughly, use the right equipment, and recognize the signs and symptoms of concussions.
- Take action against distraction.
- Distraction impacts driving, walking, bath time, just about everything. Here’s a challenge: take a month to notice times when you or your kids are distracted. Help each other remember to put down the phone (or whatever is diverting you) and focus on looking out for each other.
For more information, visit: http://www.safekids.org/