Is Your Home Child-Safe? Stats Say No

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As a parent, you’ve already taken precautions to ensure your child’s safety at home, like installing a child-safe pool cover and placing sharp objects and medications out of reach. Unfortunately, there are hidden household dangers. Things that may seem harmless, like a sturdy dresser or window coverings, can easily turn deadly, even when you’re home with your child.

The Statistics

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimates that:

  • Every two weeks, a child is strangled with a cord from a window covering.

Within a ten-year timeframe:

  • Over 43,000 people were injured from unstable home furnishings and appliances.
  • 58% of those injuries were children under the age of eighteen.
  • 293 people died from these accidents.
  • 84% of those deaths were children from one month old to eight years old.
  • 44% of fatalities involved a combination of TVs and furniture together.
  • 52% of fatalities were solely caused by falling furniture.
  • 25% of fatalities were caused by falling appliances.
  • 85% of fatalities occurred with a parent home at the time.

What You Can Do

Even though these statistics are horrifying, with just a few smart choices, they could have been prevented. Whether you’re redecorating your home or want to make sure your current furniture and appliances are child-safe, here are a few ideas to protect your children and provide the safest home environment you can.

Cordless Window Coverings – Because of the number of child deaths caused by window cord strangulation, it’s important to consider cordless window coverings. These blinds eliminate major injury and death risks.

Anchoring Furniture – Even if your furniture is heavy and study, still secure it to the wall. You never know if or when they’ll tip over or lean forward. A tragic story circulated online about a woman whose 3-year-old climbed into the drawers on her sturdy dresser and was crushed underneath when it tipped. Her daughter passed away within minutes. She mentioned that she could’ve prevented it by just anchoring the furniture to the wall. Simple as that.

Thoughtful Furniture Placement – When rearranging your home, make sure to be aware of safe furniture placement. Don’t place climb-worthy furniture near windows that are routinely left open or easy to open, hanging cords or thin pieces of fabric, or even low-hanging light fixtures. If your child can climb on a piece of furniture, she probably will, so it’s best to make sure your home is as safe as possible while still being livable.

Changing-Table Rails – Even with a newborn that can’t roll over yet, installing guard rails on your changing table can give you peace of mind. How many times have you placed your baby there and walked, even just a few steps, to get a diaper? In that moment, your child could squirm or roll over and fall off. Guard rails prevent that. It’s a precaution worth taking.

Bed Height – If your child is strong enough to climb out of the crib, it might be time to switch it out for a low-sitting toddler bed. It just takes one bad fall to change your life forever.

Small moments define our lives. There will be moments of happiness and laughter and others of tears and heartbreak. Limit the bad defining moments by providing a safe environment for your family. Then you can live in the happy moments with peace of mind. After all, you can never get those moments back, happily memorable or tragic.

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