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Fall Prevention for Little Kids
Does it seem like your little one is always on the go? That’s just the way it should be. While we can’t help you grow an extra set of hands, we can help you make sure the area around your child is safer. We don’t sweat the bumps and bruises, but we can work together to help avoid serious injuries.
Top Safety Tips
- For your crawlers and climbers, move chairs, cribs and other furniture away from windows to help prevent window falls.
- Secure TVs and furniture to the wall using mounts, brackets, braces, anchors or wall straps to prevent tip-overs.
- Actively supervise toddlers on stairs. Hold their hands when walking up and down stairs.
- Screens are meant to keep bugs out, not children in. Properly install window guards to prevent unintentional window falls. For windows above the first floor, include an emergency release device in case of fire.
- Use approved safety gates at the tops and bottoms of stairs and attach them to the wall, if possible. Remember to read the manufacturer’s instructions and warning labels to make sure you have the right gate for your needs. Not all gates are safe for use at the top of stairs.
- Keep windows locked and closed when they are not being used.
- Take your kids to playgrounds with shock-absorbing surfaces such as rubber, synthetic turf, sand, pea gravel, wood chips or mulch. If your child falls, the landing will be more cushioned than on asphalt, concrete, grass or dirt.
- If you are placing your child in a shopping cart seat, use a harness or safety belt. If the belt is missing or broken, select another cart.