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Keep Kids Safe

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The curiosity that helps children develop also puts them at risk of injury. The good news is that most childhood injuries are preventable with proper precautions.

Be safe by doing the following:

From the day you bring your child home from the hospital, he or she must always be secured as a passenger in a car. Set a good example for your children by buckling up yourself!

Put smoke detectors on every level of your home and in the hallway outside bedrooms. Make sure your kids know what the sound of a smoke detector means and what they should do in case of a fire.

Whenever possible, cook on rear stove burners and turn pan handles inward on the stove. Be sure to keep hot foods and liquids out of reach and away from the edge of the table and counter.

Swimming pools are the most common site of childhood drownings, but smaller bodies of water such as bathtubs, buckets, basins and toilets also present a safety hazard. Provide constant adult supervision for children playing in or near water.

Research shows that childhood poisonings most often occur in the kitchen and bathroom areas. Store all medicines, cleaning substances and other poisons well out of children's reach or in a locked cabinet.

A bicycle helmet should be worn every time a child rides a bike, or rides as a passenger on an adult bike.

Crib slats should be no more than 2 3/8 inches apart to prevent the baby's head from getting caught between the bars. Make sure the crib has no corner posts. Posts can catch clothing and cause strangulation.

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