Once you become a parent, it can seem like danger lurks around every corner. And when it comes to your home, that’s literally true. For toddlers just learning to walk or curious preschoolers, your home can be a brave new world full of the thrill of victory or the agony of defeat. While many parents are haunted by the specter of stranger danger, it’s actually accidents within the home that carry the largest risk for young children. The??reports that each year, 9.2 million children visit the ER with unintentional injuries1. For those ages one to four, the greatest percentage of injuries were sustained from falls, ingesting poisonous substances, burns, and being struck by objects. The vast majority of these incidents take place in the familiar terrain of a child’s own home. Accidents both at home and away are the leading cause of death in children and teenagers.
, a former journalist and Child Safety Media Expert dubbed by??is passionate about offering practical solutions and education aimed at lowering unintentional child injuries. In a recent exclusive interview for SafeWise, she shared her insight about the impact of child safety.
“Child injury is predictable and preventable. It is also among the most under-recognized public health problems facing our country today. The good news is child injury death rates have decreased 29% in the last decade, which I believe is evidence of the safety movement and prevention having an impact. Yet injury is still the leading cause of death for children and teens. More can be done to keep our children safe.” —Kimberlee Mitchell, National Child Safety Expert
We understand you don’t want to dampen Junior’s enthusiasm for exploration, but a few sensible safety measures can protect your child from the most common injuries. We’ve created a room-by-room guide to securing a safe place for your offspring to pull, climb, and inspect every nook and cranny. We’ll begin with some baby proofing basics that are concerns in every part of your home, then give you a peek into the aspects of each area that require your attention. While we’ve devised a very detailed guide to making your home a safe place for your kids, it should be noted that there is no substitute for supervision. Even a well-secured space can contain hidden dangers, so keep your eyes open and read on.