So many times when parents think of keeping their children safe, they think of all the dangers that seem to lurk in sinister abundance outside of the home: car seat recalls, guns at school, adverse vaccine reactions, sex offenders, licensed daycares. The list goes on and on. Unfortunately, the most serious dangers to a child are actually those they face at home while being cared for by loved ones. The emergency room is host to about 3.4 million child visits a year from accidents at home, and about 2,000 of those result in death in children under 14. Accidental injury is the #1 cause of childhood death in the U.S., and it is almost entirely preventable.
We compiled a list of practical and affordable tips to help keep your children safe and respond to in-home emergencies. The tips are based on recommendations from CSPC.gov, the Global Children’s Fund, and the American Pediatrics Society. Most products are easy to install and all are available for low prices either on-line or in your local hardware store.