November is Child Safety and Protection Month

Source: ChildWatch | Repost Fight for Life Foundation 10/18/2023 –

National Child Safety and Protection Month is an entire month dedicated to recognizing the unique potential dangers many children face in their everyday lives and taking tangible steps of prevention against those challenges.

Taking safety measures can help reduce the number of unintentional injuries and deaths. In honor of Child Safety and Protection Month, we encourage you to take precautions to keep children safe. Talk to them about potential dangers and teach them what to do in case of an emergency.

Infant Safety

For children less than one year of age, two–thirds of injury deaths are due to suffocation. It is so important to place your baby on their back to sleep, remembering that “back is best,” and “face up to wake up.” Do not allow infants to sleep with blankets, stuffed animals, or other items before the age of one. According to Safe Kids Worldwide, these are the Top 5 Tips to Protect Your Baby:

  • A firm mattress and fitted sheet are all you need for your baby’s crib. Remove blankets and toys.
  • Learn to use your child’s car seat the right way. Use this basic car seat safety checklist to help.
  • Make sure you have both a working smoke alarm and a carbon monoxide alarm on every level of your home and in all sleeping areas. Test the alarms to make sure they work.
  • Place your baby’s crib and other furniture away from windows and blinds. Your baby is safer without any strings or cords within reach.
  • Set your water heater to 120F to avoid scalds.

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