Avoid sun exposure from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is when the sun’s rays are most intense. Keep in mind that even on cloudy days, the sun can be just as strong; you’ll want to use these same precautions on those days as well.
The backyard should be considered another ‘room’ and should be childproofed just as an indoor room would be.
If you have a deck, make sure the space between the railings is less than 4 inches. If it’s not, put up some kind of netting or protective shield. One Step Ahead sells a fantastic clear plastic protector that I’ve used for years.
If the outdoor area is adjacent to your house, then arrange proper fencing to prevent your toddler from going out of your area to the front road.
Attach a gate with the fencing and keep it closed. This will ensure that your kid can play safely inside the fenced area.
Bathtubs are incredibly slippery, so outfit yours with a rubber bath mat for more secure seating.
A cushioned spout cover can protect your toddler’s head from painful bumps. Also, be sure that any sliding glass shower doors are made from safety glass.
Parents should start by educating themselves about social media.
Sign up for the services your children are on and read up about them. Find out what the dangers are and discuss them with your children.
The toddler years could be called the first-aid years. Your baby’s rapidly increasing mobility will give her many more chances to injure herself.
While you may have needed little more in the way of a first-aid kit than a thermometer, a medicine dropper, a bottle of acetaminophen drops, and syrup of ipecac during your baby’s first year, now’s the time to stock up on adhesive bandages, cotton balls, tweezers, and calamine lotion.
Did you know 98% of car seats are installed incorrectly?
Avoid having balloons at parties for kids under 3, because balloons can be a choking hazard.
Anything that’s small or sharp is dangerous, as kids love exploring with their mouths. Make sure that small and sharp objects are out of reach, so clear tables and counter tops.
Toddler’s have one-third the jaw strength of an adult. Softer meats are good alternatives, such as fish, hamburger and high quality lunchmeats.
Hard to chew red meats and other foods also pose choking hazards for toddlers. Never serve anything larger than a dime and be sure to cut your toddler’s food into small, manageable pieces and never leave your child unattended while he’s eating.
Although parents often baby-proof stairs and other areas where babies and toddlers could potentially fall, they may not think about falling as a risk for older children.
According to the Home Safety Council, falls are the leading cause of nonfatal home injuries among children under age 15, accounting for an average of 1.3 million injuries a year.
Use LED lights that burn cool so your child does not get burnt if they should grab a Christmas light inadvertently.
Toddlers are extremely able to manipulate things around the home like electrical sockets and appliances.
Since they mimic our behavior, they will no doubt try to stick things in every hole they can find. Start by covering electrical outlets and vents throughout the house and make sure that no appliances are left plugged in.
Place the Hanukkah menorah out of the reach of small children and curious pets.
The flames from lighted candles and oils can not only burn tots and pets, but can create a fire hazard threatening the safety of other members in the household. If you place a lighted menorah near a window, pull back draperies and remove other flammable objects.
When going out trick-or-treating, fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.
When walking, talk to your child about street safety. Show him/her how to stop at the edge of the street and look for cars.
Don’t expect your young child to do this by herself/himself. Start children wearing helmets with their first tricycles or play vehicles. When children begin helmet use early, they are more likely to keep the habit in later years.
Swimming is a favorite summertime activity. It’s also as major summer health risk for toddlers.
Even if your toddler has taken a swimming course, they should be supervised at all times when in or near water.
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Do not allow young children to play with fireworks under any circumstances, even with adult supervision. Sparklers, considered by many the ideal "safe" firework for the young, burn at very high temperatures and can easily ignite clothing.
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Children are naturally curious about barbecues.
They want to see what’s going on, how well lit it is, what’s cooking and are always keen to know when it’s going to be ready to eat. They’re drawn to where the cooking is going on, yet that’s the most dangerous place to be.
In fact, each year about 1,000 people suffer injuries, such as burns, caused by barbecues.
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