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4 Feb 2013

100 Safety Rules Every Parent Should Follow (1 - 20)

Many parents believe they are doing all they can to keep their kids safe, but with safety recommendations and standards always changing, it can be hard to keep up with what’s safe and what’s not.  Here we’ve gathered 100 of the most important safety rules parents should follow to keep their kids safe and out of danger’s path.

In the House
While there’s no replacement for supervision, there are things you can do to decrease the number of risks that contribute to accidents and injuries in your home. Follow these rules to increase your child’s safety while at home.
  1. Signup for recall alerts. Stay up-to-date on child-related product recalls by subscribing to the Consumer Product Safety Commission recall alerts.
  2. Turn the water temperature down to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Hot water can scald children. By turning the water temperature thermostat down you can prevent scalds and burns.
  3. Store medications properly. Store medications out of reach and sight to prevent accidental ingestions.
  4.  Use the right safety gates. While pressure mounted gates may work fine to keep kids confined to a room, they have no place at the top of stairs.
  5. Safety proof windows. Children needlessly fall out of windows each year. Be sure to add window guards or locks to your windows to be sure your child isn’t one of them.
  6. Choose appropriate toys. Choose age-appropriate toys to reduce the risk of injury to your child.
  7. Opt for a pet that is good with kids. When considering a family pet, you’ll want to be sure to select a pet whose temperament makes it kid-friendly.
  8. Clean toys without harsh chemicals. Clean children’s toys naturally to prevent the spread of germs and decrease risks associated with toxic cleaners.
  9. Store cleaners away from kids.  Store toxic chemicals and cleaners out of the reach and sight of children to prevent accidental poisoning and chemical burns.
  10. Be sure smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are functioning properly. The proper placement of working carbon monoxide and smoke detectors can alert family members of a fire and prevent children from experiencing carbon monoxide poisoning.
In Bed
Children spend a large part of their day unsupervised in their rooms sleeping. Ensure your child has a safe sleep space by following these important safety rules.
  1. Put babies back to sleep. Since the 1994 Back to Sleep campaign was launched, the incidence of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome has been slashed in half.
  2. Don’t use an infant seat for routine sleep at home. The safest place for a baby to sleep is on his back in a safe sleep space that includes a firm mattress.
  3. Create a safe sleep space. It can be tempting to fall asleep with your baby on the couch, but you shouldn’t. Doing so poses a suffocation risk to your baby.
  4. Share a room at first. The first six months of his life you should keep your baby in your room, in a close but separate sleep area next to your bed.
  5. Avoid co-sleeping. Avoid suffocation and strangulation by providing a safe and separate sleep space for your baby.
  6. Position cribs away from windows. Keep your child’s crib away from windows to reduce the risk of falls and strangulation or entrapment in window blind cords and window coverings.
  7. Use bed rails. You can keep toddlers and young children from falling out of bed by using the appropriate bed rails.
  8. Opt for sleep sacks over blankets. Prevent the risk of suffocation by using sleep sacks instead of loose blankets.
  9. Keep the thermostat set between 68-70 degrees Fahrenheit. Keeping your child’s room a comfortable temperature can improve sleep and decrease the risk of SIDS.
  10. Don’t use drop side cribs. Since 2011, drop side cribs have been banned from the United States because they simply aren’t structurally sound.
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2 comments:

  1. I'm not sure I agree with all of these, however, I see the point. We moved each of our children out of our room at three weeks. They slept through the night from that point, pretty much (toddler bed training was rough for one child). Overall, helpful tips.

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  2. That's a fair comment.
    I doubt whether there are many articles out there that everyone agrees with all the time.
    I say take what information you feel is useful and keep the rest in the back of your mind.
    When are you going to post something again?
    I haven't seen anything new on your blog for a few days.

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