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Child Safety Tips

Did you know that November is National Child Safety Month? While we encourage you to practice these tips year-round, this national holiday is a great opportunity to review them.  

Safety Seat Tips 

The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety in Georgia’s website says child safety seat inspections are free of charge and available across the state. To check if there is a fitting station near you click here. Each inspection will be done by a certified technician and takes between 20 and 30 minutes to complete. 

These are some of the thing they will look for when inspecting your child’s safety seat :

  • Proper installation of the seat
  • Damage to the seat
  • Ensure the seat has not been recalled
  • Ensure the seat is the appropriate for the size and age of the child using it
  • Demonstrate how to properly install the safety seat

Household Safety

According to the Children’s Bureau, a nonprofit organization that protects vulnerable children through prevention, treatment and advocacy, thousands of children are treated or hospitalized each year because of accidental poisoning in their own homes. The CDC says children between the ages of 1 and 4 years old had the highest rates of poisoning. 

  • Keep cleaning supplies and toxic chemicals locked away or on a high shelf.  
  • Purchase over the counter and prescription medicines with childproof caps. Keep them on a high shelf or in a locked cabinet, not on your bedside table.
  • Keep vitamins and minerals such as iron out of reach. They can be hazardous, even fatal, to children.
  • Never use food containers to store nonfood substances.
  • Make sure you have a working smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector in your home. 

Make sure you’ve programmed the contact number for Poison Control in your phone in case of an accidental positioning. That number is 1-800-222-1222. 

Infant Safety

Children under one year of age are at a greater risk of suffocation. Here are a few tips to ensure the safety of your baby. 

  • Make sure you place baby on their back to sleep
  • Do not allow infants to sleep with blankets, stuffed animals or other items before the age of 1. 
  • Make sure your baby’s crib is not near a window with blind strings or cords. 

 

Water Safety

For children between the ages of 1 and 4, drowning is the leading cause of injury or death according to the CDC. Here are a few safety tips you can follow if your young child will be around water. 

  • Be aware of all bodies of water, both big and small. Swimming pools, bathtubs, ponds, ditches, fountains, watering cans, kiddie pools, and even large buckets of water can be dangerous for children when left unattended. Be sure to empty containers of water of all sizes when you are finished using them. 
  • Always enforce safety rules with your kids, such as no running near the pool, and no pushing or holding others underwater. 
  • Ensure the deep and shallow ends of any pool your child swims in are clearly marked, and never allow your child to dive into the shallow end as this puts them at risk of serious head injury.
  • When swimming, children should always be supervised by an adult (preferably one who knows CPR). The adult should be within arm’s length for older children, and fully touching the infant, toddler, or young child when they are in or around water. This is important, not only in deep swimming pools but kiddie pools as well. Always be sure to empty and put away kiddie pools after each play session. 
  • Your child should always wear a life jacket when he swims or rides in a boat. A life jacket fits properly if you can’t lift it off over your child’s head after he’s been fastened into it. 
  • If you have a backyard swimming pool it should be completely surrounded with at least a 4-foot-high fence that completely separates the pool from the house. The fence should have a self-closing and self-latching gate that opens away from the pool, with the latch at least 54 inches high and out of the child’s reach.

 

Information provided by all4kids.org