KidSafe Blog

Beware of Shopping Carts!

Next time you go to the supermarket, you may want to use the disinfectant wipes the store offers to clean the handle on your shopping cart. It turns out shopping carts are loaded with germs that you don’t want your child exposed to.According to a recent study 72% of 85 carts that were tested had [...]

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Child Proofing Your Windows

The National SAFE KIDS campaign reports that approximately 18 children ages 10 and under die each year in falls from windows. They also report that another 4,700 children age 14 and under will need treatment for injuries due to window fall related injuries.  All windows within in a home should be child-proofed for window falls. The window screens should [...]

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Tips To Stay Safe this Summer

Summer Safety Tips for Parents - Article http://orange.patch.com/groups/around-town/p/summer-safety-tips-for-parents

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Latest Infant Car Seat Policy

The American Academy of Pediatrics changed their car seat policy in 2011 recommending that toddlers should be at least 2 years old before they use front-facing car seats.  This replaces an old recommendation of 1-year-old or 20 pounds. Rear-facing car seats provide more support for a toddlers head, neck and spine in the event of [...]

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The End Of Drop-Side Cribs

New crib requirements passed by the CPSC will stop traditional drop-side cribs from being made or sold within the next six months.  The new crib requirements are among the most stringent in the world. This action follows many recalls in the past five years due to mechanical failure. There have been many injuries and deaths [...]

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Best Website For Checking Recalled Children's Products

The  website www.ClickCheckandProtect.org is a centralized location for parents to easily check for product recalls.  Before this you had to check in multiple places to get all the information. The site gives notices on such children's products as  on toys, food, medicines, furniture, clothing, jewelry, and more.  It is very worthwhile to see if you have any recalled [...]

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Why Parents Should Secure Their TV's, Furniture, And Appliances

The CPSC recently urged parents to secure their TV's, furniture, and appliances to prevent tip-over accidents.  Between 2000 and 2008 there were nearly 200 reported deaths involving young children.  Injuries and death can occur when a child climbs onto,  falls against,  or pulls themselves up on television stands,  bookcases,  dressers,  desks,  chests, and appliances.  You can learn more here: http://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/2010/09/prevent-a-tv-fall-in-your-house/

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The Dangers of Lithium Cell Batteries

There was recently 2 articles in the Medical Journal Pediatrics documenting the increased dangers from lithium cell batteries for young children.  Lithium cells batteries are the small round silver "button" batteries used for remote controls, toys and electronics.   Ingestion of the batteries is a surprisingly common problem, and could be serious for small children, [...]

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Large Number Of Drop Side Cribs Being Recalled By Multiple Manufacturers

The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced in 2010 the recalls for seven manufacturers of drop-side cribs. The brands involved are Child Craft, Delta,  Evenflo,  Jardine,  LaJobi, Million Dollar Baby, and Simmons. Coupled with recalls earlier in 2010 for other drop-side cribs from Simplicity and Graco, parents should make sure their crib is not affected.  Go to www.cpsc.gov to [...]

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Top Ten Most Common Choking Hazards For Young Children

As you know, some foods are a choking  hazard for young children.  A 2008 study listed the 10 that were rated as the most dangerous: hot dogs, peanuts, carrots, boned chicken, candy, meats, popcorn, fish with bones, sunflower seeds, and apples.  It is vitally important to slice and cut all foods into small chew-able bites.  Do not [...]

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