Making A Home Safe For Children

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Making a Home Safe for Children Children often do not understand the dangers around them. Supervision is often the best way to prevent injuries. However, many injuries can be prevented at home by following safety guidelines. Make sure safety guidelines are followed by all people who care for your child. This includes relatives. MEDICINES Read all medicine labels closely before giving medicine to a child. Do this to make sure you are giving your child the correct medicine and dosage. Mistakes can easily be made and may be harmful to your child. Avoid letting your child watch you take your medicine. He or she may copy your behavior. Keep all medicines, including vitamins (which can be toxic in high doses), in a locked cabinet that is out of children’s sight and reach. Do not keep medicine in your purse or night stand. Make sure the caps on all medicines are closed tightly. Remember that child-resistant containers are not completely childproof. Dispose of all extra medicines properly. Check the product information to see if it is safe to flush it down the toilet. Consult your pharmacist if you are unsure of how to dispose of the medicine. DANGEROUS SUBSTANCES (POISON) Check all areas of your home (including your kitchen, bathrooms, laundry room, garage, and other storage rooms) for dangerous substances. Keep doors to unsafe locations locked. All dangerous substances (such as bleach, detergent, and dishwasher liquid and pods) that could be poisonous to children should be kept in a safe place that is locked. Store products in their original packages. Avoid using empty household food containers, bottles, cans, or cups for storage of dangerous substances. Children can easily mistake food and liqu... ... middle of paper ... ...l. This should include the numbers of the following: Your health care provider. The ambulance. The hospital emergency room. Poison control (1-800-222-1222 in the U.S.). Keep important health information available, such as: Immunization records. Lists of allergies, current medicines, and significant health problems. Always leave written permission with your child’s health care provider, babysitter, or clinic to provide your child with medical care in your absence. This prevents needless delays in an emergency. Read all medicine labels closely before giving medicine to a child. T Keep cords and strings, including those attached to blinds, out of children’s reach.T Store household items (including magnets) and toys with small parts out of children’s reach.T Keep climbing aids for children near a stove or grill.
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