According to the National Safety Council, most severe injuries and accidental deaths come from unintentional home and car accidents. While most people consider their home a safe haven from the outside world, there are preventative measures families can take to properly secure their home in order to avoid an ill-fated tragedy.
Here are seven safety tips for keeping your kids safe:
1. Home Alarm
Installing a home alarm can protect your home and your family from an intruder. Homes with security systems are a deterrent for burglars, as they would prefer to break into a home less likely to alert authorities. Companies like Xfinitity Home Security provide families with peace of mind that their homes and children are protected.
2. Fire Safety
According to fire safety statistics, eighty-five percent of all fire-related deaths occur within the home. Many of those deaths are related to either a broken fire alarm or no alarm system within the home.
If you do not have fire alarms within the home, put them in as soon as possible. If you have fire alarms, ensure they are in working order. And, for further safety, link your smoke detectors so that when one detects a fire or carbon monoxide poisoning, it alerts the rest and the entire home.
3. Water Safety
Drowning is one of the leading causes of death in children. Children should never be left unattended in a swimming pool or near an open swimming pool. Likewise, during the winter months, children should never be near thin ice or skating on ice without adult supervision.
If you have a pool or pond at your home, look to place a security fence around it in order to minimize accidents.
Any chemicals like cleaning products, detergent, bleach, rubbing alcohol, or typical bathroom products like perfume or hair products, are dangerous if ingested orally or come into contact with the eyes. Keep these products on a higher shelf, locked cabinet, or in an area children cannot reach or enter, and call poison control immediately if anyone ingests poison.
Suffocation is a leading cause of death in children four years and younger. When putting babies to sleep, always place them on their backs on a firm mattress, not a soft cushion, pillow, or blanket.
Children under the age of four can choke on firm, round foods such as popcorn, nuts, grapes, and hard candy, thus new foods should be introduced carefully.
6. Wear A Helmet
In most states, children under 16 must wear a helmet when biking, but many kids refuse. If a child falls off of their bike, skateboard, skates, or scooter, a helmet can prevent life-threatening brain injuries.
7. Buckle Up
In the event of a car accident, being buckled can be the difference between life and death. About every 12-1/2 minutes, someone in the United States is killed because of an auto accident. The simple act of buckling a seatbelt can save your life.
Keep your family safe by following these few simple tips.
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