Safe Kids Midlands
Palmetto Health Richland
7 Richland Medical Park Drive
Columbia, SC 29203
PHONE (803) 434-2955
FAX (803) 434-7379
Protecting Your Family at Home
Childproof your home. The best way to find dangers your child might find is to explore your home at her level - by getting down on your hands and knees. Crawl through every room. Ask yourself, what looks tempting? What is within reach? Check carpets for buried dangers like pins or coins.
Childproofing can never be 100 percent effective. Supervise your children at all times.
In the kitchen:
Keep hot foods and liquids away from young children. 95 % of microwave burns among children are scald burns. Hot liquids and warmed foods cause most microwave burns.
Use the back burners on the stove and turn pot handles toward the back of the stove.
Keep glassware, knives, appliance cords, placemats and tablecloths out of reach and away from the edge of counters and tables
In the bathroom:
Set the thermostat of your hot water heater no higher than 120 degrees Fahrenheit. It takes just three seconds for a child to get a third degree burn from water at 140 degrees Fahrenheit.
Lock medicine cabinets. Even iron pills and mouthwash can be dangerous for a young child.
Install toilet locks. Unlike adults, children's weight is concentrated in the top half of their bodies. When they lean into a toilet bowl, they may lose their balance, fall forward and drown in as little as 1 inch of water.
Request child-resistant packaging. Child-resistant containers are not childproof. Lock these medicines up.
Remove sharp utensils and appliances. Lock razors, scissors and blow dryers out of children's reach.
In the bedroom:
Beware of old cribs. Baby furniture built even a decade ago might not be safe.
Keep cribs and low-standing furniture (beds, bookshelves, toy boxes, chairs) away from windows.
Infants and toddlers can pull on inner or "lift" cords of window blinds creating loops large enough to pull around their necks and strangle. Always lock blinds whether they are up or down.
Around the house:
Check for fire hazards. Look for frayed electrical wires or flammable materials near heat sources such as space heaters. Never run electrical cords under rugs. Mount a smoke alarm on every level of your home.
Install carbon monoxide detectors in your home. A small amount of this poisonous gas can be fatal to a small child.
Use safety gates. Stair falls tend to result in severe injuries. Use safety gates at the top and bottom of stairs to keep infants and toddlers safe.
Cover all unused electrical outlets.
Keep guns locked, unloaded and stored out of your child's reach. Store ammunition in a separate, locked location.
Install window guards on all windows.
Toddlers and preschoolers love to climb on furniture and use drawers and shelves as steps. However, children can sustain crush injuries as furniture can easily tip over on them. Secure bookcases, shelving, and heavy furniture to walls with brackets and anchors. Store heavier items on bottom shelves and in bottom drawers.
Large items such as TV's, microwaves, fish tanks and appliances can topple off stands and fall on children. Use broad-based carts for TV's and appliances. Secure carts and appliances to walls.
Supervise children and toddlers at all times around furniture.
Post emergency numbers by telephones. Post phone numbers for the poison control center, pediatrician, police, fire department, emergency medical services and a neighbor by every telephone. Also, clearly post your home address so that caregivers can easily tell rescue personnel how to find the home.
Keep first aid supplies on hand.
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