Babyproofing the backyard

The backyard should be considered another ‘room’ and should be childproofed just as an indoor room would be.

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Safety for outdoor railings

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.

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Toddler proofing the outdoors

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.

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Make the family tub safe

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.

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Social media warning

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.

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Toddler injuries

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.

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Car seat fact

Did you know 98% of car seats are installed incorrectly?

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Balloons at chld parties

Avoid having balloons at parties for kids under 3, because balloons can be a choking hazard.

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Watch out for small objects

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.

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Food hazards for toddlers

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.

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Protecting against falls for toddlers

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.

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Christmas tree safety tip

Use LED lights that burn cool so your child does not get burnt if they should grab a Christmas light inadvertently.

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Covering electrical outlets

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.

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Hanukkah safety tips

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.

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Trick-or-treat safety tip

When going out trick-or-treating, fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.

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Teaching street safety

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.

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Swimming safety

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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Fireworks and tot safety

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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Safety around BBQs

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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Poison control

Know to call 1-800-222-1222 if someone takes poison. This number will connect you to emergency help in your area. Keep the number by every phone.

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