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5 Feb 2013

100 Safety Rules Every Parent Should Follow (21 - 40)

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In the Car
All parents know not to text or talk on the phone while driving, but do you know these other rules that can help increase your child’s safety and well-being while in the car? In addition to keeping the car free from loose objects that can become missiles in a crash, here are 10 other safety rules to follow.
  1. Use the right car seat. Be sure your child is in the right car seat for his weight and height and that the seat fits properly in your car.
  2. Have your car seat installation inspected. The majority of car seats are installed wrong. Be sure yours isn’t one of them.
  3. Use the seat properly each time. When you’re in a rush it can be tempting not to pull the harness tight enough or to skip the car seat all together. Don’t. Doing so could be a death sentence.
  4. Don’t allow jackets in car seats. Bulky coats and car seats are a dangerous combination.
  5. Know the seat belt fit test. Before moving your child to a seatbelt only, be sure he passes the test.
  6. Don’t offer food during car trips. The safest way for children to eat is to eat while doing nothing else. Monitoring a child who is eating in the back seat is impossible.
  7. Know your vehicle’s blind spots. It’s essential to know where your blind spots are so you don’t accidentally run over a small child or object.
  8. Don’t use aftermarket car seat accessories. Popular aftermarket products can compromise the integrity of the seat, decreasing your child’s protection.
  9. Don’t buy used car seats.  If a car seat was in an accident it shouldn’t be used. When buying secondhand, there’s no way to know if a car seat was in an accident or not.
  10. Check your car seat’s expiration date. Car seats expire. After their date of expiration, the materials may be compromised.
In the Backyard
The backyard should be a safe haven for children to explore their world. To make it a whole lot safer, follow these basic safety rules.
  1. Use the proper surfacing under climbing structures. The proper playground surface can reduce the risk of injuries and bone fractures from falls.
  2. Don’t let kids be on or near lawnmowers. Each year children are brought to the emergency room for injuries sustained while riding on lawnmowers or running in front of them.
  3. Empty standing water. Toddlers and young children can drown in just a few inches of water. Since toddlers are top heavy, they can easily fall into things like buckets or toilets.
  4. Avoid combination bug sprays and sunscreens. While it may seem convenient to use an all-in-one product, don’t. Sunscreen needs to be reapplied more often than bug spray and it gets absorbed into the skin while bug spray sits on top of it.
  5. Be sure pools are properly fenced in. When it comes to pool safety, pool fences and locks save lives.
  6. Keep sandboxes covered. Sand boxes that aren’t covered can become an animal’s litter box, leaving your child to play in dirty, disgusting sand.
  7. Be cautious of treated wood. Treated wood can have traces of arsenic that can be dangerous to children.
  8. Know your plants. Some plants in your backyard could be harmful and poisonous to your kids.
  9. Don’t allow easy access to gas grills. Grilling can be great fun, but it can also be dangerous. Take proper precautions to ensure your child isn’t burned.
  10. Use caution with fertilizers and lawn chemicals.  Chemical lawn fertilizers can be hazardous to the health of children.
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