Preventable accidents are the number one cause of death in children taking an average of 9,000 young lives each year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 50% of preventable accidents occur in and around the family home.
To educate families, Nationwide has partnered with Safe Kids Worldwide to launch Make Safe Happen, a national program dedicated to raising awareness about preventable childhood accidents, and offers tips and tools to assist families. Safety starts with installing a smoke alarm, securing a TV, or locking a cabinet. However taking a room-by-room approach to your home the steps to make your home safer combined with vigilance can greatly reduce the chances child accidents. Here is a quick checklist of most commonly used rooms in your home:
To download a complete list visit: http://cdn.makesafehappen.com/medialibrary/files/checklists/ msh_kitchensafety_checklist
- Place all flammable items, like dish towels, wooden spoons, cookbooks and packaging materials, away from the stove.
- Use the back burners of the stove, and turn pot handles away from the edge, to prevent hot spills.
- Keep children out of the kitchen while you’re cooking. If that’s not possible, create a clear zone of 3 feet around the stove.
- Always unplug electrical appliances, and tuck the cords away, or store them after you are done.
- Attach large furniture, such as a baker’s rack or bookshelf, to the wall, using brackets, braces or wall straps.
To download a complete list visit: http://cdn.makesafehappen.com/medialibrary/files/checklists/ msh_bathroomsafety_checklist
- Never leave your child unattended in the bathtub, and do not rely on an older sibling to watch young children.
- Bath seats and rings are not safety devices. Smaller children can easily slip out of them.
- Always check the water temperature with your wrist or elbow,before bathing a baby, toddler or young child.
- Never leave hair dryers, flat irons or other heat-producing appliances unattended. These items can heat quickly and stay warm after use. Always unplug them, and tuck the cord away, or store them after you are done.
- Keep all medicines, personal-care products and household cleaners locked up. Install safety locks,latches and doorknob covers to keep kids from opening drawers, cabinets, closets and doors that contain these things.
To download a complete list visit: http://cdn.makesafehappen.com/medialibrary/files/checklists/
- Keep cords out of the way, and wrap long cords that are plugged in all the time around a cord shortener.
- Use brackets, braces or wall straps to secure heavy furniture to the wall.Install stops on dresser drawers, to prevent children from pulling the drawer all the way out, and possibly onto their heads.
- Place heavier items on lower shelves or drawers,to make the furniture more stable.
- Make it a habit to lock your windows. If your windows do not have locks, you can purchase and install them.
- Remove or store any toys that have small parts or magnets that could become dislodged.
To download a complete list visit: http://cdn.makesafehappen.com/medialibrary/files/checklists/ msh_yardsafety_checklist
- Teach kids that it is not safe to play in and around cars. Show older kids how to locate and use the glow-in-the-dark emergency trunk release. Cars made after September 1, 2001 will have these.
- Avoid using the driveway for play.
- Children should ALWAYS wear a helmet when riding, skating or scooting, and make sure your child is wearing the right size helmet.
- Put away all pool toys after kids are done swimming,so young children are not tempted to reach for them. After use, empty inflatable or portable pools, and store upside-down, and out of children’s reach.
As part of the Nationwide network of agents, WBR Insurance encourages Hampton Roads families to start with these simple steps to prevent tragedies from occurring within their home. Help your friends, neighbors and family members by spreading the word about how to keep children safe.
Looking for additional information on making your home safer? Get room-by-room safety tips, purchase safety products, receive valuable advice and more, by downloading the The Make Safe Happen App at http://makesafehappen.com/get-the-app.
At Virginia Beach insurance company WBR Insurance we offer a full portfolio of policies. We pride ourselves in establishing personal relationships with our customers to assist you in protecting what matters most. To get a free quote for your Virginia Beach insurance needs, give us a call at 757-340-0028 or visit our website www.WBRInsurance.com.
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