Here are some steps for preventing the leading causes of childhood injuries:
- Make sure infants sleep alone, placed on their backs on a firm surface.
- Be sure the crib meets safety standards.
- Avoid loose bedding or soft toys in the crib.
- Keep medicines away from children and teens.
- Keep cleaning solutions and other toxic products in original packaging and where children can't get them.
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- Always use seat belts, child safety seats, and booster seats that are correct for a child's age and weight.
- Use safe-driving agreements or contracts with teens.
- Learn to swim -- important for parents and kids.
- Use a four-sided fence with self-closing and self-latching gates around pool.
- Watch kids closely when they swim.
- Use smoke alarms -- where people sleep and on every level of the home -- and test monthly.
- Create and practice a family fire escape plan.
- Install a home fire sprinkler system if possible.
- Use a soft landing surface on playgrounds (such as sand or wood chips, not dirt or grass).
- Use protective gear, like a helmet, during sports and recreation.
- Install protective rails on bunk beds and loft beds.
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Here are some steps for preventing the leading causes of childhood
injuries: Suffocation Make sure infants sleep alone, placed on
their backs on a firm surface. Be sure the crib meets safety
standards. Avoid loose bedding or soft toys in the crib.... More