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What should I avoid doing to keep my child safe at home?

To keep your child safe at home:
  • Never leave a child alone in the house or car.
  • Never leave a child alone in the bathtub. Children can drown in as little as 1 inch of water in 1-2 minutes. If the phone or doorbell rings, wrap the child up in a towel and take him with you.
  • Never leave the crib-side rails down.
  • Never say "medicine is candy." It isn't.
  • Never pick up your child by his arm; instead, grasp at the chest.
  • Never leave your child alone while eating.
  • Never leave a mop pail of water where a child could get into it -- a child could drown.
  • Never leave an infant alone on a bed or changing table.
  • Never use plastic bags as bed coverings.
Being aware of your child's development allows you to keep one step ahead by injury-proofing areas before your child can reach them.

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