September is Baby Safety Month, sponsored annually by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA). This month-long event increases consumer awareness of safety issues and the safe selection and use of baby products.
But the amount of information and number of warnings can be daunting. Here is a list of child safety tips that provides a good start and you can review in just a couple of minutes:
- Carefully inspect your baby’s room and be sure to remove any cords that could get around your baby’s neck
- Be sure to place your baby’s crib away from electric cords, drapes and curtain cords
- Keep hanging crib toys out of your baby’s reach
- Keep children away from the stove while cooking and be sure to turn pot handles toward the back of your stove
- Do not place hot plates of food or hot beverages near the edge of a table
- Keep knives and anything sharp in child proof drawers or cabinets
- Medicines, vitamins and cleaning supplies should be placed out of reach or locked in cabinets—and keep the phone number of your poison control center handy
- Always stay with your child when he or she is in the bathtub and never leave them alone or with an older child—if the doorbell or phone rings—take your child with you
- Keep hair dryers, curling irons and any electrical items away from bathtubs, showers and sinks
Child Safety Tips on the Road
- Be sure your baby’s car seat is properly installed according to the manufacturer’s instructions and your vehicle owner’s manual
- If possible, place the baby seat in the center of your back seat and NEVER use the front passenger side when there is an airbag
- Infants less than one year and 20 pounds must be placed in the rear-facing position, and you must use a child car seat until kids are four years old and weigh at least 40 pounds
Surprisingly, Protection One has a great library of information on baby safety see Baby Safety.