I remember when I was pregnant for Ethan over 23 years ago. I looked around my home and thought, “how exactly does one make a home safe”? I figured the first months won’t be that much of a big deal because he wouldn’t be able to get into anything being a newborn and I made a mental note to take care of the dangers once he was a bit older. What I didn’t realize is that he got older, quick! Not only did he start getting into anything and everything he did it way before I ever thought to make my home safer for him. It was an eye-opener when one day he crawled over to the kitchen garbage, grabbed a soda can and cut his little fingers putting them in the hole on top all while his father watched helplessly on the potty (it was within eyesight of the kitchen). It was then that we really buckled down. We put cabinet locks on all the cabinets and moved the garbage under the sink, locked.
5 Things You Didn’t Know About Child Safety
- Half of all accidents happen at home! Think about it, where are you most of the time? Home, so shouldn’t you do everything in your power to make this a safe place for your children?
- Furniture and appliance should be teethered because a child is injured every 3 hours due to falling furniture, etc. It’s nothing a simple screw here and there won’t fix. Take the time to do the little things.
- The majority of calls (9 out of 10) that come into poison control involve children. Keep your household cleaners and other poisons out of reach!
- Two children die each day due to drowning. Put down the phone and watch your child in the tub…
- Fire is equally as dangerous and claims a child’s life daily. Do you have an evacuation plan? Fire extinguishers?
These are #MyHigh5 things that are easily preventable yet will keep your child safe. This is one reason Nationwide has partnered with Safe Kids Worldwide to host Safe Kids Day. They feel it is important to educate parents on the safety risks around the home and share vital information that could prevent injury or death from accidental injuries, the leading cause of death of children.
The solutions are simple and Safe Kids Day brings together the community to create awareness around accidental injuries and death, as well as raise funds to prevent them. Be sure to check your local community to find Safe Kids Day activities near you. You can find out where events are happening near you by visiting the Safe Kids website at https://www.safekids.org/safekidsday/local.