Posted on July 9th, 2012
A 2-year-old girl was killed after a dresser drawer and TV fell on top of her. The girl, whose name has not yet been released, was at her home in Herrington, Kansas.
The police suspect the girl climbed onto a stool to reach the television that was situated on top of the dresser. The dressed tipped and resulted in the girl falling. A drawer from the dresser and the TV also fell and hit her on the head.
This story is a reminder that anybody who has small children in their home need to child proof their home and stay alert while the children are there. The National Safe Kids Campaign states that the top causes of child injuries in the home are falls, fires and burns, drowning, suffocation and choking, poisoning, and firearms. Here are a few tips to prevent injuries to small children in your home.
First, never leave babies or small children unattended on beds, changing tables or furniture. While using a high chair, make sure the safety belt is fastened and the cover is secure on the chair. Also, do not let small children play on stairs while unattended and use safety gates while toddlers or babies are in the home. Finally, don’t leave small children alone near an open window. Screens will not prevent them from falling out.
Fires and Burns
Because most fires occur in the kitchen, try not to let small children play in or near the kitchen. Always keep candles and matches out of children’s reach. If you are cooking, turn pot handles towards the back of the stove so that children cannot grab them. Also, use plate covers on all electrical outlets. And of course, always equip your home with smoke alarms.
Don’t leave small children alone in bathrooms or pools. If you have close access to a pool, lake or pond, take extra measures to make sure small children can’t get access without permission. Lastly, pool owners should always install safety gates around pools.
Suffocation and Choking
Keep small items that children could put in their mouth off of the floor. In addition, try to refrain from feeding small children hard, small candy. Finally, keep all cords that could strangle a child out of reach. This includes phone and window blind cords.
If you have small children and firearms, always make sure to educate them about the dangers. Keep firearms unloaded and out of reach of children. In addition, have safety locks installed on any firearms. Don’t store firearms and ammunition together.
You should never refer to medication as candy or children may try to sneak some while you’re not watching. Dispose of pills or liquid by flushing them down the toilet or the sink. Also, either install safety latches on medicine cabinets or store them high enough that children cannot reach them.
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