The majority of
injuries to children occur in or around the house. When compared with paying
medical costs for an injured child, childproofing your home is very
inexpensive. For each $1 spent on child safety seats, Americans save $32 on
medical bills and other costs. A mere $1 spent on bike helmets saves $32 in
costs, and each $1 spent for smoke alarms saves $21 in expenses. It is
estimated that over a lifetime, childhood injuries cost between $175 billion
and $10.1 billion in direct medical bills, $16.9 billion in future earnings
and $148 billion in quality of life issues. Since 90% of childhood injuries
can be prevented through education and safety precautions, it is important
that parents do all they can to ensure their child wonít become injured.
John S. Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy and Loweís Home
Improvement Warehouse offer parents these tips for making their home safe.
Room Safety Tips
heavy furniture to the wall to prevent it from toppling over onto a child.
safety screens over fireplaces and safety locks on windows.
corner guards to cover sharp edges and use non-slip guards under rugs.
- Keep all window cords out of the reach of children to avoid
trash cans covered with lids.
the back burners on the stove and keep all pot and pan handles turned away from the front of the stove.
safety latches to close cabinets and drawers.
Bedroom Safety Tips
place toys or pillows in cribs.
guide rails for the sides of toddler beds.
sure that your childís toy box has a safety hinge so it canít fall on
top of your child, and that the lid doesnít lock.
corner posts should not stick up more than 1/16 inch to avoid stabbing
medicine, cleaners, razors and cosmetics in a locked cabinet.
avoid burns, water temperature should be under 120 degrees.
a toilet seat lock.
and Basement Safety Tips
off all sump pumps and furnaces.
paint lids on tightly and keep lawnmowers and other machines out of reach.
an electric garage opener with automatic reverse so it canít trap your
antifreeze, weed and bug killers and other chemicals on shelves which are
out of reach.
Room Safety Tips
- Use a
2 gallon bucket instead of a 5 gallon bucket since children can drown in
small amounts of water.
the iron turned off when not in use and supervise your child when it is
water from wading pools after use.
- Make sure your railing's spindles are
3Ĺ inches or smaller so that children canít get their heads
stuck between them.
soft ground surfaces (sand, wood chips) underneath swing sets.
window wells and drains.
- Put a
fence around pools and hot tubs and use a self-latching gate.