Learn child first aid and CPR

Learn child first aid and CPR. Be prepared. Know how to call for help, including poison control. The national toll-free line for poison control is 1-800-222-1222.

Practice kid safety in the kitchen

Toddlers gravitate to the kitchen. Practice kid safety in the kitchen by cooking on the back burners and turn pot handles away so they aren’t in reach.

Poison Control hotline

Post the national Poison Control Hotline (1-800-222-1222) and other emergency numbers next to every phone.

Forcing children to eat food they don’t like

Do not force your child to eat a particular food item. Allow your child to choose the food that he wants because this may reduce frustration, in encourage independent thinking.

Chemical safety tip

Chemical safety tip: purchase cleaners, household chemicals & other potentially hazardous products with child resistant packaging.

Mattress warnings

Use a snug fitting mattress in a crib. You shouldn’t be able to fit more than 2 fingers between edge of mattress and crib.

Table safety tip

Do not place hot fluids on tablecloths in case the child pulls on the tablecloth.

Fireworks and toddlers don’t mix

Young children should not be allowed to play with fireworks under any circumstances.

Sparklers, often mistakenly considered a safe firework for young children, burn at very high temperatures and can easily ignite clothing. The sparks that are emitted can easily cause burns to hands and exposed skin. Young children cannot understand the danger involved and often will not act appropriately in case of an emergency.

Hard Candy Hazard

Do not offer hard candy, nuts or popcorn to children under age four.  Cut grapes, hot dogs, carrots and such into small pieces to avoid choking.

Safety Tip

Encourage your toddler not to put pencils or crayons in his mouth when coloring or drawing.

Watch for Cars on Halloween

Statistically, Halloween is the most dangerous day for kids. In fact, kids are 4X as likely to be hit by a car on Halloween other nights.
From: iVillage.com

Inspecting Halloween Candy

Talk with your children about eating candy before they get home.  You should inspect the candy before they eat it.
From: TheFamilyCorner.com

Common Poisons

The most commmon poisons for small children are Cosmetics, Cleaning Substances, Pain Medicine, Coins, Thermometers, Plants, Diaper Care products, Cough/Cold Medicines, Pesticides and Vitamins.

Inflatables at the beach

At the beach, if your child is using inflatables, make sure they are being supervised. The inflatable should also be secured to the shoreline, ideally held by an adult. Remember, an inflatable can be easily blown away from the shore even with a slight breeze.

preventing choking in babies

To prevent your baby from choking, cut her food into small bites. Don’t allow your baby to play with anything that may cover her face or is easy for her to swallow.

From: cdc.gov.

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Choking hazards

According to the Amer Academy of Pediatrics, 1 child dies every 5 days choking on foods like hotdogs, carrots, grapes & nuts.

Choking danger

Window blind cords should not have a loop. Cut any loop in two pieces and place them up high where children cannot get them.

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Crib dangers

Make sure the crib has no areas with gaps more than 2 inches so the child’s head cannot get stuck.

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Medicine as candy

Never refer to medicine as candy – you’re setting up a potentially dangerous confusion. Tell it like it is.

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Choking hazard

Children can choke on small things. If something is small enough to fit in a toilet paper tube, it is not safe for little children.

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