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Ask a parent what they worry about most when it comes to their children, and you’ll likely hear about getting enough sleep, finishing homework on time or making friends at school. What many parents don’t consider—or don’t imagine could ever happen to them—is their child suffering a serious injury.
Yet more than 7,600 children ages 19 and under died from unintentional injuries in 2013, and another 8.3 million were seen in emergency departments, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Stated another way: nearly every hour a child dies of a preventable injury in the United States, making unintentional injuries the leading cause of death for children.
In June, BRIDGES is bringing attention to home safety.
Below are tops tips for a safe home:
— Give young children your full and undivided attention when they are in the bathtub or around water.
— Check smoke alarm batteries every six months to make sure they are working.
— Keep cribs clear of objects, and make sure babies sleep alone, on their backs, and in a crib every time they sleep.
— Install safety gates to keep children from falling down staircases and window guards or stops to prevent falls from windows.
— Keep all medicine up and away, even medicine you take every day. Be alert to medicine stored in other locations, like pills in purses, vitamins on counters, and medicine on nightstands.
Click here to learn more what you can do to keep your home safe.