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Home Safety

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If 90% of all unintentional injuries are preventable, what actions can we take to reduce risks in our own home?

Following are many different actions that can effectively reduce injury risks at home. Not every action will work with every risk, and some actions may be better suited for certain types of risks. For example, hiding a gun is not nearly as effective as locking it up. And placing a toxic plant up high will still drop its poisonous leaves onto the floor where a toddler will quickly put it in her mouth. And remember that many risks can be reduced further by taking multiple actions

H

IDE the item out of view and out of reach. Out of sight and out of mind. This is not the best action for dangerous items, but may work as a temporary fix until a more permanent solution can be taken.
A LTER the environment such as adding fencing in the front yard or draining the water from the water pond. Furniture can be rearranged to block electrical outlets or to keep toddlers from climbing to unsafe areas. 
R EMOVE the item from the home. Toxic plants, standing floor lamps and glass-top tables are better off in someone else's home (who doesn't have children and who you aren't going to visit!) 
M OVE the item to another location. A toy box placed underneath a window in the child's bedroom creates unsafe access for the child to reach the window. A sofa placed up against a railing makes it easy for kids to fall over he railing. 
L OCK it up. Some items are simply not worth gambling with. Medications, cleaning supplies, pesticides, scissors, knifes, firearms, etc. should all be locked up in a high place. 
E DUCATE everyone. Teach the kids what is dangerous. Teach your babysitters what is off-limits. Teach other caregivers (grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc) how they can prevent injuries in their home. 
S AFETY SUPPLIES should be used according to manufacturers instructions. Safety gates, outlet plugs, cupboard latches, smoke alarms, and other items are essentials for the home with toddlers. 
S UPERVISE, Supervise, Supervise! No product can replace diligent adult supervision. The other actions only buy us more time. Supplies work hand-in-hand with supervision to create an effective balance. 

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