Tip-Over Hazards Sending Children to the ER
Click here to read a Safekids report on "The Dangers of TV Tip-Overs.
Protecting kids from the potential risk of tip-overs by making sure furniture and TVs are secured is an important way to help keep them safe.
A new research report entitled “ A Report to The Nation on Home Safety: The Dangers of TV Tip-Overs” was released by Safe Kids Worldwide and SANUS® that revealed from 2000 to 2010, on average every three weeks, a child dies from a television tipping over.
Every 45 minutes, or less than the length of a Sesame Street episode, a child is sent to the emergency department due to a TV tip-over.
Nearly 13,000 children aged 19 and under are injured in the U.S. each year by a television tipping over -- a 31 percent increase over the last ten years.
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Fire Safety: Smoke Detectors are the First Line of Defense
The best way to keep a guard for fires in your home, especially at night time, is a smoke detector. The City of Jacksonville Fire Department says a working smoke alarm doubles the chance of survival in a house fire by warning residents, and giving them time to escape. Firefighters suggest a smoke detector be put on each level of the home, especially near stairwells and bedrooms. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for installation. Change the batteries in the detectors twice a year when the clocks are changed to, or from Daylight Savings Time.
It is also important to plan and practice a family fire escape plan with your children. For more details, read these fire and home safety tips.
Coin-sized Batteries Can Easily Be Swallowed
Read about booster seats, threat from coin-sized batteries, and drop-side crib safety. Click here for more information
Keeping Children with Special Needs Safe in the Home
View a series of safety videos highlighting how you can take precautions in the home to help prevent injuries to children with physical, developmental or cognitive disabilities.
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