Most injuries take place in and around the home as well as the school environment. Due mostly to the curious nature of children, it’s almost impossible to protect them 24/7. One of the best ways of ensuring that your kids are safe at all times is to give them guidelines that are simple to understand and internalize. Also, be sure to call us first so we can help you identify any dangerous areas in/around your home. Injury prevention doesn’t have to be difficult; or expensive.
Childhood Injury Prevention
Here’s a helpful list:
-Tell your kids to keep a safe distance from the road or any busy walkway. After falls, road accidents are the most common type of childhood injury.
-Make sure that all poisonous or caustic liquids and chemicals are locked away safely.
-Install CCTV cameras around your home so that you can monitor your kids as they play.
-If you have a pool, always keep it covered if you have kids running around the house and the yard. If you have toddlers, you should also invest in a safety fence. This may prevent accidental drowning.
-Make sure that your children are always strapped in whenever you’re driving them somewhere, even if it’s to the local corner shop.
-Make SURE they are in a proper child safety seat and that it is installed correctly. Did you know that 75% of car seats are installed incorrectly?
-Make sure that your children have the necessary safety gear when riding bicycles in order to prevent fall injuries and serious head injuries.
-Store all plastic bags out of sight of children to prevent accidental suffocation and asphyxiation.
-If your child attends a daycare, ensure that the center has the necessary equipment as well as kits to help mitigate any injuries resulting from rough play or accidental falls. Always be on the lookout for signs of daycare abuse.
-If you have toddlers, consider putting up gates on stairways to prevent children from falling down the stairs.
-Make sure that emergency information is properly displayed in pivotal areas around the house. This can include things like emergency contact number as well as your child’s doctor or the numbers of certain relatives who live nearby.
A Little ‘Home Hazard Prevention’ Goes a Long Way
When it comes to childhood injury, taking certain safety measures into consideration can go a long way in ensuring that your children stay healthy and safe at all times. If you like this article, please share it with your friends and family. National Childhood Injury Prevention Week is all about spreading awareness!
‘Safety Nick’, as he is affectionately known, is the owner and operator of Home Hazard Prevention, LLC (HHP). As a professional firefighter in the Valley since 2005 with an extensive background in responding to and preventing emergencies, Nick felt that it was time to help the citizens of Maricopa and Pinal Counties learn how to be safe and protect their loved ones in a proactive manner. In 2012, HHP was launched. With the support of his wonderful (and understanding!) wife and two beautiful children, Nick works tireless hours, not only to help save your family’s lives, as a firefighter and a community safety expert, but also to be able to spend quality time with his family. Nick moved to Arizona over 20 years ago and enjoys exploring our great state with his family.
Be sure to contact Home Hazard Prevention for any of your family or business safety needs. From mobile CPR training to car seat education to infant safety (and much more!) HHP is here to help! Remember, a complete safety program does not have to be expensive or time-consuming. There is no one more qualified than a group of professional firefighters to keep your family safe! (480) 448-0266 or Nick@HomeHazardPrevention.com
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