Top Ten home child accidents:

  • Drowning (the number one home accident!)
  • Fire
  • Burns from pots, grease, irons etc.
  • Head injuries
  • Falls
  • Poisoning
  • Electricution
  • Shooting
  • Broken bones
  • Suffocation

How to prevent them:

 

    • Gates on stairs.
    • Safety caps on electical outlets.
    • Keep kids away from power cords (They can chew them)
    • Put guards on windows to prevent falls.
    • Put poisons up high and locked away.
    • Keep medicines (over the counter and prescription) out of reach of children in a locked cabinet, even vitamins and aspirin, even mouthwash and toothpaste. Always use child resistant caps.
    • Keep guns out of children's reach, locked up, and keep guns and ammo separate.
    • Lower hot water heat temperature not to scald.
    • Put a fence around an outdoor swimming pool and keep the gate locked. Curious neighborhood children may want to investigate your pool when you are not at home.
    • Handling food properly will decrease chances of food poisoning.
    • Use non slip rugs and bath mat to prevent slipping in tub.
    • Look for toys or cords that your child could trip on and remove them.
    • Install toilet safety locks to avoid drowning from toddlers falling into toilet water.
    • Don't leave buckets of mop water lying around. A toddler can drown in even a small amount.
    • Keep your eyes on children at all times. A child can pull stool or chair to a washing machine and fall in head first, trapped to drown.

 

Thousands of home accidents occur every year, most of which could have been prevented.