KidSafe Blog

Wild Plant Safety Tips to Teach Your Children

Stress the importance of never tasting anything growing in the woods including leaves, twigs, berries and mushrooms.Learn what poison oak, poison ivy and poison sumac look like and show your child samples or pictures of all 3. Teach the old adage, "Leaflets 3, let it be," regarding poison ivy and poison oak. Also show your [...]

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Restaurant Highchair Safety

At a regular lunch spot of mine, I have recently come across two instances of the mis-use of highchairs for kids. The small kids were not strapped in and were able to stand up and move around within the chair. This greatly increases the odds of the chair tipping over or the child falling out [...]

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Protecting Your Children From Electricity

Babies and young children seem to be drawn to electricity as steel is to a magnet. They want to poke into outlets, pull and chew on cords and push and jiggle switches - all of which can result in electrical shock and/or serious bruises and contusions. Mouth burns from a child chewing on a plugged [...]

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How To Child Proof Windows

Be sure your child won't fall out of a window. Open double-hung windows from the top. Consider using a burglar latch which will allow the lower sash to open only a few inches.Install window guards.Don't leave furniture or any object that can be climbed upon near a window.Hang curtain out of your crawling child's reach so [...]

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Tips For Child Proofing Your Doors

Be aware that any door - front door, bathroom door, basement door - can pose a hazard. Keep them closed.Install safety glass in large windows and French doors. They won't shatter even if a child falls on them. Look for the emblem that signifies tempered glass.Put decals on sliding glass doors so your mobile children [...]

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Important Bunk Bed Safety Tips

Bunk beds are not recommended unless space necessitates them. Recalls abound. Check the CPSC recall list to be sure you are not using an unsafe one. Don't let a child younger than 6 sleep or play on the top bed.Never allow horseplay on bunk beds - ever.Be sure there are top railings the length of both [...]

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Setting Up a Shared Room For Children

Two major safety hazards are present when two young children share a room. The largest is from the older child's toys. They can be dangerous for the younger one, either because small parts can be ingested or because many toys for an older child have sharp parts. The second danger is more subtle. Even the [...]

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Child Safety Gates Advice

Most safety gates are between 24 and 32 inches tall and can  be adjusted to spaces from about 27 to 144 inches wide. Some fit up to 20 feet. Pressure-mounted gates are easier to install than those with fixed attachments.  Hardware-mounted gates should always be used for blocking off stairs or other spaces where security is [...]

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Preventing Common Bathroom Dangers and Injuries

In an average year, children under 5 experience over 7000 injuries from HOT curling irons alone. Keep them away from young children.Don't leave a sunlamp, hair dryer or other electrical appliance where your child can reach it and pull it into a water-filled tub or sink. Even one that is turned off can cause electrocution [...]

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Medicine and Prescription Safety Tips

Medicines are usually  best kept under lock and key. Or keep them in a room other than the bathroom, such as the kitchen, despite the inconvenience. Be aware that the step stool that makes it possible for your toddler to reach the bathroom sink will also help him to reach the medicine cabinet or other [...]

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