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Home Safety

​Most childhood injuries happen in the home. Children are naturally curious and they love to explore the world around them. Making your home as safe as possible can help prevent injuries, and can keep your children safe as they learn and grow.
 
In case of an emergency, always keep emergency contact numbers near the phone. You should be ready to contact the police, poison control, the doctor and fire services immediately, if needed.
 
It is important to be prepared in the case of an emergency, but whenever possible it is best to prevent injury from occurring. The chart below looks at common childhood injuries and steps that can be taken to prevent or avoid harm or injury to your child.

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​Injury
Know the facts​
​How to keep your child safe
Falls​
Over half of childhood injuries in the home are due to falls from high places.

Make sure that you never leave a baby unattended on anything higher than floor level, such as a change table, couch or bed.

Put safety gates at the top and bottom of stairs, and window guards or stops on windows.​

Burns and scalds​
A child’s skin burns much more quickly and easily than adult skin. ​
Set your hot water heater at 120ºF (48ºC).
 
Place hot foods and liquids out of your child’s reach.

Be sure that electrical cords are kept away from the edge of counters or tables, where children can reach them.​
Poisoning​
The leading cause of poisoning in the home is adult medication. Even a small amount can be fatal to young children. ​
Make sure that all medication, cleaning supplies, and personal care items (such as nail polish remover, mouthwash, etc.) are out of reach.
 
If a child does eat or drink a poisonous substance, call poison control before going to the emergency department.​
Choking and suffocation​
Infants and young children love to put objects in their mouth which increases their risk of choking.
Always make sure that small objects (such as buttons, magnets, coins, and small toys) are kept out of reach.
 
Food should be mashed or cut into small pieces.
 
Items such as nuts, popcorn, hard candy and hot dogs should be avoided.​
Drowning​
It only takes a second for a child to drown. ​
Never look away when baby is in the tub, or leave your child alone near water.
 
Be sure to have your child wear a lifejacket when at the beach, on the dock, or when boating.​
Safe sleep​
Infants are at greater risk of being injured in their sleep environment.​
Always place baby on their back to sleep. Do not put pillows, soft toys, quilts or bumper pads in your baby’s crib.  
 
Once your baby is old enough to stand up, be sure to move the crib mattress to its lowest level. ​
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