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KiDs’

SAFETY
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very season brings the risk of a child being burned, be it campfire or grill, firecrackers, boiling
water, fireplaces, stoves, candles or playing with matches or a lighter. according to the Centers for
disease Control and prevention, more than 300 children are treated in emergency rooms every
day for burn-related injuries, while two children die.

Young children are more
likely to get scalded by hot
liquid or steam, and older
children are at greater risk
of injury from burns
caused by direct contact
with fire.

Talk To Your kids

Young children need to
know to be careful around
fire or hot items such as
curling irons, the stove,
candles and so forth. as
they get older, talk to them
about the stove (an electric
burner can be hot, even if
it doesn’t look it), how to
safely set off firecrackers,
how to build a campfire
and more. You don’t want
to scare them off from ever
starting a fire; rather, you
want them to know how to
do it safely.

Be vigilanT when
kids are around
fire

whenever fire is around
— while at a barbecue, setting off firecrackers, lighting your fireplace or even
cooking — keep young
children at a safe distance.
The CdC recommends
safe cooking practices,
such as never leaving food
unattended on the stove.
safe kids worldwide suggests using back burners if
possible, or turning pan
and pot handles toward the

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wall, so a child can’t walk
by and grab it, potentially
tipping the hot contents
onto themselves.

insTall and
regularlY CheCk
smoke alarms

Your house should have
smoke alarms on every

floor and near all bedways to get out of the
rooms. Test them once a
house and identify a place
month to ensure they are
nearby to meet.
working. it’s also good to
CheCk The waTer
make a plan with your children, so they know what to
heaTer
do if the alarm sounds and
TemperaTure
according to safe kids
they need to get out. walk
worldwide, set your water
them through the best

heater to the manufacturer’s recommended setting
or, in lieu of that, 120
degrees fahrenheit. This
will keep water coming
straight from the tap from
being hot enough to accidentally scald a child.

look out for poisoning risks

hen it
comes
to
accidental poisoning,
home is the most
dangerous place to be.
according to safe
kids worldwide, 90
percent of poisonings
occur at home, and a
huge chunk of those
happen to children.

half of the 2 million calls
to the poison control
helpline in 2011 involved
children who were younger
than 6 years old who, in
exploring, found cleaning
and household products,
medication and other common household items.
There are a number of
things you can do to keep
your kids away from such
substances.

signs if it appears
children have gotten
people know to do this for into the medicine
babies that are starting to
cabinet. (This can be
crawl, but until children are life-saving even with
old enough to know what
teenagers and older
bleach is, store household
children in the
products and cleaning solu- house, as medication
tion out of children’s sight
can be used in a suiand reach. This also includes cide attempt.)
laundry and dishwashing
also keep makedetergent. This makes the
up, lotion, art supcupboard under the sink, a plies and alcohol
popular storage site, poten- behind closed doors
tially dangerous in houses
or well out of reach
with young children.
of curious hands.
relocate them to a utility or
laundry room, a linen closet dispose of poTenTiallY
dangerous suBsTanCes
or the garage. You can also
don’t need the rest of that
install cabinet locks on
narcotics prescription? don’t
doors.
keep it around the house.
laBel and properlY
instead, find a safe way to
sTore mediCaTion
dispose of it. You can do the
keep medications out of
same with over-the-counter
reach from children, and
drugs and even vitamins and
know what your medications supplements. if you don’t like
can do so you can watch for a cleaning product or have
Childproof
Your house

an almost-empty bottle sitting unused, the CdC recommends getting rid of it.

swallowed, can burn
through a child’s esophagus
in a matter of hours and
lead to significant injury or
oTher suBsTanCes
death. nickel-sized 20mm
To waTCh ouT for
lithium coin cells are the
The national Capital
most hazardous. e-cigarette
poison Center, which offers vapor and carbon monoxide
help in identifying pills and also can be threats in the
determining if a person was home.
likely poisoned, also warned
about batteries, which, if

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