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Grilling SafetyGrilling is one of America’s favorite pastimes and a popular summer activity in backyards across the country. More than 60 percent of American households will cook kabobs, fresh vegetables, and of course meat on propane grills this summer, according to the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC). PERC is an energy check-off program dedicated to safety and training for the propane industry.

“Summer is a time to enjoy the outdoors with family and friends,” says PERC President and CEO Roy Willis. “And with the onset of warm weather, it’s also a good time to review outdoor safety tips, including safe grilling techniques.”

Willis offers families some simple reminders for preparing and maintaining safe cooking conditions while using propane grills.

Before using the grill, he recommends reviewing and following all grill manufacturers’ instructions.

“If you buy a propane-powered grill and assemble it yourself, follow the manufacturer’s instructions to the letter,” Willis says. “Better yet, have the grill assembled before you bring it home. If you’re planning a more elaborate outdoor kitchen, be sure to get in touch with your nearest propane professional for tips on products and access to qualified installers.”

Next, the location of the grill is an important consideration. PERC reminds families that the only safe location for any grill—including propane cooking units—is outside in a well-ventilated area and a safe distance from the home.

“Grills should never be placed in a confined area,” Willis says. “Make sure your grill is at least five feet from your house on a level surface away from siding, outdoor furniture or anything else that could be a fire hazard. It’s something that you don’t always think about when you’re grilling, but it’s a basic safety measure that’s easy to implement.”

Whether the grill is equipped with an automatic ignition or needs to be lit manually, the manufacturer’s instructions should be followed precisely.

“Always use caution when lighting the grill and never stray from the grill manufacturer’s instructions,” says Willis. “If the flames go out for any reason, turn the grill and gas off and wait 15 minutes before relighting it.”

PERC also encourages families to keep the top open when lighting the grill. This allows for ventilation and ensures that propane vapors are not being released into the confined grilling area.

Finally, proper storage of propane cylinders is an essential safety step when using propane-powered grills.

“Be sure to store propane cylinders upright and outdoors, and keep cleaning fluids, oil-soaked rags, gasoline or other flammable material away from cooking areas and gas appliances,” Willis says. “Removing combustible materials from any heat source is always a good idea.”

PERC reminds families that propane is a safe fuel when handled properly, and encourages grillers to learn about additional resources on www.usepropane.com.

“Grilling is an enjoyable way to prepare food and celebrate warm weather,” Willis says. “Enjoying warm weather throughout the summer can be easy with safe, efficient propane grills.”

*Recipe and image courtesy of NAPS.*

Safety Tips for the New Year – Protecting Children at Home

Keeping children safe is a primary responsibility of every parent. While many people worry about how to keep their children safe while they are at school or participating in sports activities, it is far more likely for a child to become injured or abducted while at their own home. Fortunately, keeping children safe at home is easily accomplished by focusing on the following improvements that you can make to your home to ensure your child’s safety.

Childproof Your Home

Electrical outlets, firearms and household chemicals all represent a danger to children’s health. Therefore, parents should be sure to thoroughly childproof their home to eliminate hazards. To get started, you should begin working in one room at a time to identify potential hazards. Then, install locks, latches and gates that can deter your child from accessing these areas or materials. As a child matures, it is also important to reassess the safety of a home to keep up with new skills and developments.

Practice Emergency Procedures

Every family should practice how to handle an emergency with their children. Practice fire drills are one type of emergency procedure that most families practice. However, you should also be sure to practice how to handle other situations such as a knock on the door when a child is home alone. Teach your child how to dial 911, and make sure they know how to reach you if they are alone when an emergency arises. Knowing what to do in an emergency situation can give a child confidence in their capabilities while helping you to know they will be safe in any situation.

Install a Home Security System

One of the most effective ways to keep your children safe is to install a home security system that will enable you to automate your home. This way, you can be sure that your children are safe at night or when you are away. A home security system can ensure that your doors and windows are locked. Additionally, a motion-sensor camera can keep watch for potential intruders. In case of an emergency situation, an automated system can automatically contact emergency authorities. You can get more applicable information from a local branch of Vivint, such as Houston TX Vivint home security and automation

Being a parent means always having to worry about your child’s safety. However, many of these worries can be alleviated through the implementation of common safety procedures. By childproofing your home, practicing how to handle an emergency situation and installing a home security system, you can be sure that your children will always be safe in the comfort of their own home.

Establishing Kitchen Safety Rules for Your Kids

While teaching your kids to be self-sufficient is never a bad idea, and most children can start learning to dress, bathe, and clean up after themselves from a young age, the average parent is understandably reluctant to let kids into the kitchen for lessons in the culinary arts. While allowing them to help with simple tasks like washing dishes, mixing dough, and adding ingredients is fairly safe, taking it to the next level by letting them handle cutlery and appliances is a whole other story – one that could end with a missing finger, a serious burn, or a house on fire. Of course, you’ll have to trust your kids with such tasks eventually if you want them to grow into capable and confident adults that can take care of themselves. But until then you might want to set some ground rules to keep your kids safe during their time in the kitchen. Here are just a few policies you should put in place.

1. No cooking without a parent present. There will be many, many rules associated with using the oven and range. 1) Roll up sleeves and tie back long hair. 2) Always use oven mitts. 3) Hold pot handles when stirring. 4) Double check that all burners are off when finished cooking. And so on and so forth – there will be lots of rules when kids start cooking that are meant to protect them (and your home) from harm. But the first and most important rule is that they should not turn on the stove when you’re not there to supervise. Period.

2. No running with knives. This sounds pretty obvious, but you might be surprised by some of the foolhardy things your kids will do without considering the possible consequences. In any case, this is really part of the larger issue of safety when handling sharp objects, which could also include holding the knife by the handle only (not the blade) and never turning it on someone else (a sibling, for example). Safety first is a good motto where sharp blades are concerned.

3. Check expiration dates. Teaching your kids how to spot mold and smell spoilage is a good plan for keeping them from getting food poisoning. But you should also teach them to read food labels so that they can determine whether or not an item has expired. This could be just as important as being able to detect when food has gone bad, or even more important considering that there might not be any visual or olfactory clues to help them.

4. Wash hands before (and after) handling food. Your kids are into all kinds of stuff throughout the day, from science experiments to the local swimming hole, and all can be populated by dirt and bacteria that you wouldn’t like them ingesting. So teach them to wash hands properly before handling food (sing the birthday song twice through while sudsing for optimum cleanliness). However, they should also scrub up after handling certain items (meat, for example) that could carry bacteria or parasites.

5. Fire safety. Fires are a possibility when anyone cooks, but inexperienced chefs may be more prone to accidents. Unless you want to find yourself perusing www.kitchenrenovationsperth.net because half your kitchen went up in flames, it behooves you to cover fire safety with your kids, including where the fire extinguisher is and how to use it, as well as an exit strategy should a fire get out of control.

Traveling with Kids – Top Safety Tips

When it comes to family travel, the mantra is: play it safe! Take some basic steps to ensure your little one’s safety, and you’ll enjoy your outings and vacations that much more.

What to Pack

One serious childhood sunburn can increase a child’s risk of developing skin cancer later, so sun protection is a must. Pack baby-safe sunscreen, sunhats, UV-blocking sunglasses, and UPF apparel. For more sun-smart tips, see “Baby and Kids’ Sun Protection Primer: What Every Parent Should Know. ”

Insect bites aren’t just itchy, they can cause serious illnesses. Adult insect repellents may be too harsh for young skin, so pack gentle, child-friendly bug repellent. If you’re traveling with baby gear, don’t forget mosquito netting for your play yard and stroller.

Bringing bottled formula? You’ll also need an insulated storage cooler. Unrefrigerated formula can become contaminated in just a few hours, especially in the heat.

Bring your child-friendly first aid kit, with pain reliever, bandages, antibiotic ointment, tweezers, thermometer, etc.

You can’t destroy all the germs in the universe, but you can minimize your child’s exposure to them. In addition to indispensable toy wipes, consider disposable placemats, toilet seat covers, and changing table covers. (Give Mother Earth a break: use earth-friendly disposables like ours!)

Visiting amusement parks or other crowded areas? Dress your child in bright clothing so he’ll stand out from the crowd. In addition, consider bringing a child tether or simple child locator to prevent you from getting separated.

Just in case, create a “if I get lost” plan and review it with your child.

Bring your child’s health history and ID information, including a recent photo. Better to have your child’s identification and not need it than need it and not have it!

Handling Hotel Rooms

If you are traveling with a toddler, experts suggest you childproof your hotel room. Some hotel and cruise lines actually provide childproofing kits upon request, so ask when you make your reservations. To childproof a hotel room:

Move dangerous items (including coffeepots, hair dryers, complimentary toiletries, drinking glasses, and dry cleaning bags) out of reach.

Pull furniture away from windows. Make sure the windows and doors have sturdy locks (balcony doors especially).

It the room includes a sharp-edged coffee table, either cover the edges with hand towels (you can tie or tape them on) or ask that the table be removed.

Tie up loose blind cords. (Pipe cleaners work great for this.)

Get down on your hands and knees and inspect for hazards such as pest poisons, peeling paint, or small items missed left behind by other guests.

Cover exposed electrical outlets.

If your hotel doesn’t provide a kit, bring your own, which can include inexpensive outlet covers, removable, non-marring cabinet locks, and a portable safety gate.

If you’re using a hotel crib, inspect it carefully. Several years ago, The National Safe Kids Campaign performed random safety checks on nearly 100 hotel cribs and discovered safety hazards in four out of every five cribs tested. Common dangers included loose hardware, insufficient mattress supports, and soft or loose bedding, a suffocation risk.

Since then, the Consumer Products Safety Commission and Safe Kids launched a hotel safety initiative. Some national chains, but not all of them, now participate in the program. The CPSC suggests that when booking a reservation, parents should ask if there’s a system in place to ensure crib safety.¹

Kids on Planes

Rule #1: pack all your child’s essentials —diapers, food, toys, any medication — in your carry-on. Pack enough to account for flight delays and misplaced luggage.

Rapid changes in cabin pressure can make little ears “pop,” so keep drinks or pacifiers available for takeoffs and landings (sucking helps reduce ear sensitivity). Or bring along ear filters, which buffers eardrums against air pressure changes.

Airplanes present unique challenges for parents with young children. Kids under age two are not required by law to be restrained on airplanes, so it’s up to every parent to decide how to travel.

If you decide to ride with baby on your lap, consider a flight vest that secures your child to your lap belt. These vests are not designed for use during takeoff and landing, but for cruising, when turbulence most often occurs. (One Step Ahead has sold such a flight vest for many years. We’ve posted more than 50 reviews from parents who’ve used it, which you may find informative if you’re considering this option.)

The Federal Aviation Administration recommends that small children be seated in a Child Restraint System, or CRS—i.e., a car seat. According to FAA guidelines:

For babies less than 20 lbs., use a rear-facing car seat
For children 20 – 40 lbs., use a forward-facing car seat
For kids weighing more than 40 lbs., use the airplane seat belt

Every restraint must bear a label indicating that it’s FAA approved, something to check in advance of your flight.

In addition, the American Academy of Pediatrics offers these tips:

The only way to guarantee that your child can use a CRS is to purchase a ticket. Some airlines offer discounted fares for kids under two, so ask. If that isn’t a possibility, select a non-peak flight time that’s more likely to have empty seats.

Measure the width of your car seat; if it’s less than 16″ wide, it will most likely fit in an airplane seat.

Always place your CRS in a window seat, so it won’t block the aisle or get jostled by people passing by.³

Bringing your car seat on board is an excellent idea, but carrying it through the airport can be challenging. We carry a number of air travel accessories designed specifically to make flying with children easier.

And for more detailed information regarding child safety seats on planes, visit:

http://www.faa.gov/passengers/fly_children/ and
http://www.aap.org/advocacy/releases/travelsafetytips.htm.

Bon voyage!

Footnotes:
¹Consumer Product Safety Commission – http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml00/00071.html
²FAA – http://www.faa.gov/passengers/fly_children/crs
³American Academy of Pediatrics – http://www.aap.org/advocacy/releases/travelsafetytips.htm

*Article & image courtesy of OneStepAhead.com.*

Halloween Safety: 13 Tips for Trick-or-Treating

Look out behind you: Here comes Halloween…that magical holiday when kids’ imaginations soar and anything seems possible!

But Halloween has a spooky side, too. From carving pumpkins to skipping around after dark, Halloween offers its own unique hazards. For example, did you know that kids are four times more likely to be struck by a car on Halloween? That’s what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found after studying more than 20 years of statistics from the National Highway Safety Commission.¹ Now, that’s truly scary!

So, as you prepare for the Big Night, and then escort your little trick-or-treater on his rounds, practice good safety habits, including these 13 tips.

1. Always stay on the sidewalk, if there is one. No sidewalk? Stick close to the curb, facing oncoming traffic.

2. Never choose the shortest route over the safest one. Emphasize the importance of crossing only at corners. Crossing mid-block increases your risk of an accident.

3. Remind kids to look both ways (left-right-left) before crossing the street, and don’t assume that motorists will yield to you.

4. Limit your territory to familiar streets and neighbors. Make it clear if certain areas or houses are off-limits. There’s advantages to trick-or-treating with a group: there’s safety in numbers, and it’s more fun!

5. Don’t wait until Halloween to layout the trick-or-treating ground rules; kids will be too excited to pay close attention. Instead, start reviewing your safety rules several weeks in advance.

6. Halloween is a great time to remind kids about stranger danger! Teach your child to be polite but cautious around neighbors they haven’t met, and to never, ever enter a stranger’s home or car.

7. Beware of black cats…and other nocturnal critters. Halloween, with its constantly ringing doorbells and throngs of people, can make even calm pets nervous. Advise your child to steer clear of pets she doesn’t know, and consider removing your own pet from all the action.

8. This one is never popular…but don’t let kids sample their treats until you inspect them. To lessen the disappointment, serve up a fun, Halloween-themed meal first. How about a Worm Sandwich (hot dogs cut into squiggly strips, curled up on a bun)? Or Spaghetti and Eyeballs (with strategically-placed olives embedded into the meatballs)?

9. Although food tampering is rare, inspect your child’s candy closely. Discard those with loose wrappings and homemade treats (unless you personally know the baker). Remove choking hazards and age-inappropriate goodies.

10. Set rules regarding candy consumption, starting on Halloween night. It’s no coincidence that physicians see a rise in upset stomachs after Halloween!

11. Spook-proof your yard for visiting trick-or-treaters. Clear the walkway of wet leaves and other obstacles; turn on all the lights. If your decorations require extension cords, get them out of the way.

12. As far as Jack o’ Lanterns go, never let young children near carving tools. Non-toxic paint, stickers, and push-in picks are safe decorating alternatives. Or let your child draw the face, while you do the carving. Instead of candles, illuminate your pumpkin with a safe, battery-operated alternative.

13. Falls are the leading cause of accidental injuries on Halloween, according to the National Safety Council. So shorten that hem, leave the high heels home, and safety-proof that costume. And then have a BOO-tiful Halloween!

¹http://wonder.cdc.gov/wonder/PrevGuid/m0049687/m0049687.asp

*Article courtesy of OneStepAhead.*

Were you aware that National Fire Prevention Week is this week, October 9 – 15, 2011? Many potential fire hazards go undetected because people simply do not take steps to fireproof their home so this is a great time to remind people to take a look around and take the appropriate safety precautions as necessary.

One Step Ahead’s Fire Safety material provides valuable tips to prevent house fires and protect children & recommends the below fire safety products:

Fire Escape Safety Ladder for Windows: No multi-level home should be without a fire ladder. So simple even a child can use it. This panic-proof Fire Escape was developed and patented by a firefighter, and is a must for all 2 and 3 story homes. Unlike other emergency ladders, our fire escape ladder is guaranteed not to tangle, becomes rigid when stepped on, and will not sway. Stores easily under a bed or in a closet. Just hook it onto the window sill and pull the tear-away Velcro® strap for a quick, non-slip path to safety. Aluminum and plastic design is so lightweight even a child can lift it. Holds up to 600 lbs.

Fire Resistant & Waterproof Mattress Pad: How about a waterproof mattress pad that’s fire-resistant, too! This hard-to-find mattress cover not only guards against wetness, but — unlike most others — is also flame-resistant for added fire protection. Of course, kids won’t know the difference, because it’s comfortably quilted and cushy, with a 200 thread count cotton top. No need to worry about harsh chemical treatments; it’s made from soft, inherently flame-resistant fibers. Available in Crib and Twin bed sizes.

Child Safety Blanket: This revolutionary fire blanket blocks heat and flames better than anything! And it’s lightweight and child-sized, so kids can easily wrap it around themselves. Keep one under each bed–but bring one along when camping and boating. Helps retain body heat; can also be used to extinguish fires. 45″ x 38″. Made of high-tech Basofil® fiber-makes wool blankets obsolete.

Hearth Child Safety Gate for Fireplace: When it comes to fire, you can’t take chances. Keep your fireplace or wood burning stove securely off-limits! Hearth Gate keeps kids safely away from heat and flames, no matter what size or shape your hearth. Protects against sharp corners and rough surfaces, too. The five 24″ segments adjust in 10-degree increments so you can angle them to fit any area. The interlocking two-way gate fits anywhere in the configuration. Basic gate fits hearths 6’W by 2’D; additional 24″ Extensions sold separately Made of sturdy steel, with a non-toxic finish. Heat-resistant. Perfect for grills and spas, too.

*Article and images provided by OneStepAhead.*

Parenting 101: Ensuring Toddlers Safety While At Play

Parenting is a difficult task and responsibility because it does not only involve the provision of material things that money can buy, but parents have to invest time, emotion and dedication to ensure that their children are safe from all possible sources of harm.

Now matter how adorable, lovable and cuddly toddlers are to everybody, they are also a cause of worries and concern to parents and those who care for them. As they start to walk and crawl, parents are no longer at ease due to the danger they might experience in this stage of development. It cannot be denied that it is in this stage where infants start to eat anything that they see and put to mouth anything they come across with. It is also in this stage that they are very curious of all the things that catch their attention. Because of these dangers, parents should impose child safety measures to ensure their welfare and safety at all times.

To ensure their safety is not an easy task for parents due to the myriad of dangers that infants encounter everyday; from the toys they play to the food they eat. With the onset of fake and substandard toys sold in the market, it is a must for them to choose the right one which ensures their safety and welfare.

With numerous product recalls of toys nowadays, parents can no longer trust which toys are safe for their babies. News abound far and wide that some of the renowned toys sold in stores contain lead, a chemical that is dangerous to the health of children once ingested. Since toys play a vital role in their early development, parents should be careful with their selection and purchases. So, how can parents ensure their toddlers safety? What steps should they follow to ensure that they purchase the right toys for their children?

Below are suggestions on the proper purchase of toys:

● Before buying toys for infants and toddlers, parents should consider the interest, hobbies and age of their children. These factors are vital in assessing the types of toys they need. Remember that different age brackets have suitable toys recommended for them, thus parents should be watchful about it.
● Parents should make it a habit to read product packaging carefully to know if the products they bought are suitable for their children. Majority of toy manufacturers print the chemical composition of these toys on packaging and the suggested age of children who can use the products.
● Avoid buying toys which contain toxic chemicals because they are detrimental to the health and safety of children.
● Parent should be on the look out for developments and updates about toys and product recalls. They should buy toys which are made from non-toxic and environmentally-friendly substances.
● They should avoid buying toys with small parts to avoid being ingested by children.
● They should supervise and observe their children during play and should be watchful for toy parts which are easily removed.
● Parents should ensure that toys are clean and sanitized before they start playing. This can prevent the onset of bacteria, virus and microorganisms by washing washable toys and spraying antibacterial spray.
● They should check toys periodically to assess damage and missing parts.

These are just some of the safety measures and suggestions to ensure the safety of young children. It is important to take note of these to be able to safeguard and protect the child’s health and protection.

About the Author

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Often Overlooked Safety Traps Put Children at Risk

By Melissa Kay

Each year in the U.S., more than 2,000 children under the age of 14 die as a result of a home injury, according to Safe Kids USA, a non-profit organization.

“Parents often underestimate their kids’ abilities and overestimate their intelligence,” says Chrissy Cianflone, Director of Program Operations at Safe Kids USA. “They think, my child’s too smart to do X and they often don’t realize how strong their kids are.” There are so many things to think about as you safe-proof your home to protect small children that it’s easy to overlook important risks.

Most people are aware of common safety measures like covering your electrical outlets, keeping your child away from hot stoves and watching them like a hawk as they bathe, but there are other dangers that don’t readily come to mind.

1) Cords from window treatments – According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, one child a month between the ages of 7 months and 10 years dies from strangulation or is severely injured by near strangulation from the loose strings or cords on window blinds and shades. A window covering advertised as cord-less does not mean that it is truly cord-free. Kenney Manufacturing’s new Truly CordFreeTM Roman Shades use a twist wand to raise and lower the shade and inner mechanisms to eliminate all strings and cords. www.kenney.com

2) Dressers and other tall furniture – Dressers are dangerous because they are heavy, not always well balanced and can be pulled over if a child tries to climb them. An unsteady toddler trying to climb doesn’t understand that a heavy object can topple. Invest in brackets found at home improvement stores or baby stores like Babies R’ Us to anchor dressers, TVs and wall units. Keep heavier items on lower shelves or in lower drawers, and don’t keep remote controls or temptations like candy or toys on top of furniture. www.BabiesRUs.com

3) Window screens – Never rely on a window screen to keep children safe from an open window. Screens are for keeping insects out, not for keeping kids in. Invest in heavier child-proof window screens, which cost under $30. Don’t place furniture by a window, potentially creating a climbing opportunity and the associated risk. www.cpsc.gov

4) Open medication containers – Be vigilant about your child’s safety away from home. A risky situation can exist when a child visits a grandparents’ home where pills may be left within their reach. Vitamins and OTC medications can be extremely dangerous to children. Remind family members and caretakers to buy pill bottles with child safety caps and keep all medicines and pills out of your child’s reach, preferably locked up. 5) Under the Kitchen Sink – More than 100 children ages 14 and under die each year from unintentional poisoning, according to Safe Kids USA. In addition to household cleaning supplies, pesticides, cosmetics, art supplies, paint products and alcohol are dangerous to children. To avoid accidental poisoning, store these products up high in locked cabinets. It is a good idea to install a safety latch to keep the doors to under the kitchen sink secured at all times.

Whether you are cleaning the garage or attic, clearing the gutters, or raking, it is time for the pre-winter cleanup. No matter the chore, these simple tasks can become a pain in the neck, quite literally. For some ambitious folks, these cleanup days also serve as an excellent time to put up holiday decorations before the first snowfall or family festivity. To make your seasonal cleanup less strenuous and to keep decorating stress-free, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) emphasizes proper safety when partaking in these activities.

Haul out the Holly! Home Holiday Decorating Safety Tips

  1. Properly set up the ladder on a firm, level surface. When you are cleaning out the garage or closet, be careful pushing or pulling anything from shelves while standing on a ladder. You could lose your balance and fall off.
  2. Watch for soft, muddy spots or uneven flooring, and never place a ladder on ground that is uneven.
  3. Remember the 1-to-4 rule: the bottom of the ladder should be 1 foot away from the wall for every 4 feet that the ladder rises.
  4. It’s very important to select the right ladder for the job. When working at low and medium heights, choose step stools or utility ladders.
  5. Extension ladders are ideal for use outdoors to reach high places, as when hanging items from the rooftop.
  6. Whether you are lifting a heavy laundry basket or a heavy box, remember to get close to the object, bend at the knees, and lift with your leg muscles. Do not bend at the waist.
  7. Ask for help when lifting a heavy object. A bulky package, awkwardly lifted, can lead to a back injury. You might want to take a break from your chores, but never use a stepladder’s top or pail shelf as a seat. It is not designed to carry your weight.
  8. Be careful when putting up holiday decorations, including lights and trees. Move materials with caution when on the ladder, and always position the ladder close to the work area, so you do not lose your balance and fall.
  9. Be mindful of any rearranged furniture and new decorations and make sure others in the house are familiar with the changes as well. Consider installing night lights in an area that is rearranged to avoid nighttime confusion.

AAOS EXPERT ADVICE:

“If you plan on putting up holiday decorations and lights, it’s important to do so with caution. With the constant ladder climbing and stretching, it’s easy to lose your balance or be careless for just a moment,” said orthopaedic surgeon Sherwin SW Ho, MD. “Be sure to take your time and avoid taking safety risks to get the job done at a quicker pace.”

For more information on Holiday Safety, visit www.orthoinfo.org.

*This article was provided by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.*

There is no time like the present to perform a safety check during September, which brings common household risks and hazards to the forefront during Baby Safety Month. Below are simple, effective tips to keep your precious little ones out of harm’s way. A few smart, key moves on your part can keep everyone safe this month!

10 Quick, Simple Childproofing Tips for Parents of Toddlers

1. In light of recent events where a toddler was killed by falling out of the second story window of his home, use childproof window guards or keep windows locked. Yes, even first floor windows are a potential hazard for little ones. If the window can be opened more than approximately 4 inches, then it is unsafe and poses a risk to your child.

2. Dangling cords from blinds present a choking and strangulation hazard. Keep them out of children’s reach, and in addition, never position a baby’s crib or child’s bed near a window or blinds.

3. To keep curious fingers away, install locks on the inside of cabinet doors and drawers in the kitchen, bathroom, garage and laundry.

4. Place an oven lock on your stove so that it cannot be opened by tiny hands.

5. Yes, they may be unsightly, but place doorknob covers on doors so that toddlers cannot gain access to rooms they shouldn’t. A chain door guard can also be used on the front and back doors of the home to keep children safely inside the house and strangers outside.

6. Designate a place in your home for all hazardous substances, and keep them out of the reach of children in locked cabinets.

7. Sharp utensils, such as knives and kitchen shears should be kept out of reach of children, preferably in a high cabinet or drawer with accompanying cabinet drawer lock.

8. A fire extinguisher should be placed within reach in the kitchen, such as under the sink. Does yours work? When was the last time you checked?

9. Do not leave your child unattended while in the bathtub. When the bath is done, make sure to drain the tub completely, as a child can drown in as little as 2 inches of water.

10. Place outlet covers on each and every outlet that is not being used to keep curious fingers away from danger.

Most importantly, teach everyone in your family how to dial 911, and place a list of emergency numbers, such as the Poison Control Center, near the phone.

*Image provided by Rhoost.*