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Child-Proofing Your Home

From hidden kitchen dangers to poisonous plants, see how much you know about keeping kids safe at home.

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

What is the leading cause of childhood death?

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The correct answer is: More children have suffocated on non-inflated balloons and pieces of broken balloons than any other type of toy. Children up through age 8 are at risk, so keep a close eye on those party balloons. Put uninflated or popped balloons far out of children’s reach. You may want to avoid latex rubber balloons altogether and use mylar balloons instead -- they won’t deflate or pop as easily as latex balloons, so they are less of a hazard.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

True or false: Window screens are a good substitute for window locks.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Children have been known to crawl through and fall through windows with screens in place.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

At what temperature should you set your water heater?

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The correct answer is: Turn the water heater temperature down to 120 degrees. Water set at 160 degrees can cause third-degree burns in one second, while 120 degree water takes two to three times as long.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

What's the safest way to store kitchen knives?

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The correct answer is: None of the above are correct. Always keep knives far away from children. Never bury them under dishes in the sink, keep them near the edge of the counter or store them in a mixed drawer with other commonly used (and reachable) utensils. Store knives in an organized drawer, out of reach of children, and cover their blades with a wine cork.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

Which of these are ways to prevent electric shock?

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The correct answer is: All of the above can help prevent electric shock. You should also avoid using extension cords.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

Which of these can poison your child?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. To protect children, lock up or remove the following from your home: insecticides, all medicines (this includes things like vitamins and baby aspirin), alcoholic beverages and houseplants.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

How should guns be stored?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Children as young as one can accidentally pull the trigger of a firearm. Avoid keeping guns and firearms if possible. If you must have a gun, keep it unloaded, locked and away from ammunition with the safety on.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

What are three of the most hidden home hazards?

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The correct answer is: Three of the most hidden dangers are carbon monoxide, lead-based paint and radon gas. You can't see, smell or taste them, which is why having working detectors for gas and having your home tested for lead are an absolute necessity.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

How have children been known to get electrical burns?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Protect children from electrical burns by keeping them away from water heaters, radiators and electric appliances.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

Which of the following can cause carbon-monoxide poisoning?

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The correct answer is: In addition to all of the above, you can also install at least one carbon monoxide alarm on each floor, have a trained professional repair any leaks to your central heating system, get fireplaces and wood stoves checked annually and limit grilling to outdoors.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

What is the most common cause of toy-related injuries?

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The correct answer is: Choking on small parts is the most common cause of toy-related injuries. Prevent choking accidents by following the age guidelines on toy labels. Don't let children put small toys in their mouths, and put toys safely away after playtime.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

True or false: It is okay to leave a child in the bathtub for two minutes while his older sibling is watching.

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The correct answer is: This is false. A child can drown in as little as two inches of water. Don't leave a child for even a second, even with a sibling, while he or she is in the bathtub.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

What is the leading cause of injury for children under the age of 14?

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The correct answer is: Falling is the number one cause of injuries in children under 14. Since most falls occur at home, take the proper steps to prevent falls by installing rails along beds and installing locks or guards on windows and stair gates.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

How often should you test your home's smoke alarms?

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The correct answer is: Have smoke alarms on every floor of the home and test them monthly. Also, install a home sprinkler system and practice an evacuation plan with your family.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

True or false: It is okay for your baby to sleep with stuffed animals.

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The correct answer is: This is false. While a baby's stuffed animals are cute and cuddly, they can also be potentially dangerous and can smother while he or she sleeps. To prevent suffocation, place your baby on his or her back and remove all blankets, toys and side cushions from the crib.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

What should you do if you can't fix a broken window right away?

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The correct answer is: If you can't repair a broken or damaged window right away, consider boarding it up to keep your child safe from broken glass and prevent possible falls.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

How can you safeguard your swimming pool against drownings?

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The correct answer is: Never let a child swim without adult supervision, even if they're wearing floaties. In addition, keep the pool surrounded by a locked, 4-foot-tall gate and make sure above-ground pools are inaccessible. Children require supervision even when wearing floaties.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

True or false: You should place smoke alarms near registers and air vents.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Fire alarms should be installed away from vents and registers to ensure that the smoke is detected before it's too late.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

If a young child is choking, is it safe to perform the Heimlich maneuver on them?

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The correct answer is: The Heimlich maneuver can crack the ribs of infants under 2. If a child younger than 2 is choking, gently sweep the child's mouth with two fingers to dislodge food. If the baby is still choking, turn the baby upside down and pat his or her back.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

How can parents protect their children when they are in the yard?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Protect children from falls by placing sand under playground equipment, keep your pool gate locked at all times, lock up lawn equipment and chemicals and keep children away from the grill.

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