As noted it's baby safety month. Falls are one of the most overlooked areas related to baby safety and that's...
As noted it's baby safety month. Falls are one of the most overlooked areas related to baby safety and that's not cool. According to The State of Home Safety in America conducted by the Home Safety Council, falls are "By far the leading cause of unintentional home injury death. Falls account for an average of 5.1 million injuries and nearly 6,000 deaths each year." That's both adults and children, but there are some issues related to falls in the home that affect little children and babies more than others. The Home Safety Council recommends doing the following to help protect your baby:
- Always keep an eye on your baby - this is the single most effective way to keep your baby safe from most dangers, falls included.
- Install handrails on both sides of stairs and steps.
- Tape small rugs to the floor or do not use them at all as these are very easy to slip on.
- Keep stairways clear.
- Place a mat or non-slip strips in the tub and shower.
- Wipe-up spills when they happen right away - and with kids there are many.
- Always use safety gates at the top and bottom of stairs.
- Place window guards on all upstairs windows.
- Take your little one to parks that have a thick layer (9-12 inches) of mulch, wood chips or other safety material under all playground equipment.