Child Safety

Top Ten Safety Proofing Tips For Your Child

Having child safety in our homes is a number one concern.  Safe Kids USA recently reported that over 3 million children yearly (that’s an alarming 8,000 per day), are taken to the emergency rooms for injuries that happen in and around the home.  And each day approximately 6 children die from injuries in the home.  So when dealing with toddler safety, here are some tips . . .

Safety Tips Before You Leave 

It is usually a whirlwind between when the babysitter rings your doorbell, and when you are ready to leave.  But you should try to minimize the commotion so that important information can be covered with the babysitter before you go.  Ask them to come a full half-hour before you need to leave so you can complete the following checklist:

1. Leave a list of emergency numbers by the phone.  The word “HAPPEN” can help you remember the first six items, which are most essential;

2. Tell the babysitter of any allergies/illnesses your child may suffer from

3. Go over the rules of the house in front of your child:

4. Tell the babysitter the feeding, toileting, and bedtime routines, like:

5. Give a tour of the house, including all exits, what rooms are off limits to the babysitter or children, and where the first aid supplies, fire extinguisher, escape ladder, and flashlight w/spare batteries are kept

6. Give an accurate time of when you are expected to return.  If you will be late, call and tell the babysitter

7. Tell the babysitter if you are expecting any phone calls, visitors, or deliveries

8. Inform the babysitter of your expectations of her behavior

And remember . . . the best advise for childproofing remains:

THINK LIKE A TODDLER AND ACT LIKE AN ADULT!