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Top 10 Home Safety Tips for Kids


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Secure Windows, Block Stairways and Lock Doors

Accidental falls are one of the most common types of injuries to children, and taking some simple precautions can help avoid a serious problem. The severity of the injury often depends on the distance of the fall, so be aware of the dangers of heights. Never let your child sit on a bed or counter unattended. Keep stairs and hallways clear and free of clutter that could cause a child to trip and take a tumble, and install safety gates to block a toddler's access to a staircase.

Many injuries to older toddlers and preschool children result from falling out of an unsecured window. To avoid injuries, keep windows locked and screens in place. A young child could squeeze through a window opened as little as 5 inches (12.7 centimeters). Screens are not strong enough to keep a child inside. Discourage play near windows and patio doors, which could lead to a fall through glass. And don't store or display anything a child could climb near a window.

Keep young children from wandering out the front door by keeping it locked. It's a smart habit.


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