A young child can
strangle from a variety of household items. Protect your child by minimizing
- Keep cords for blinds and drapes out of your child's reach.
Attach cords to mounts that hold them taut, and wrap them around wall brackets.
- Cords with loops should be cut and given safety tassels
- Never use accordion-style gates. A baby or young child may trap
his or her head in the gate and may strangle.
- Make sure that furniture does not have cutout portions or other
areas that can trap your child's head.
- Be careful with baby slings. Keep your child's chin up and keep his or her nose and mouth away from the fabric. Make sure you can see your baby's face.
Suffocation is another danger for young children. Teach
your child about suffocation and the importance of a safe play area. Pay
attention to possible suffocation dangers, such as:
- Trunks of cars. Keep rear fold-down seats closed so children
are not able to climb into the trunk from inside the car. Also, always lock car
doors, and keep the keys out of your child's sight and reach.
- Refrigerators and freezers, even those that are not in use. If
you are storing an old refrigerator or freezer, remove the door.
- Plastic sacks. Do not let your child play with plastic sacks,
and keep them out of his or her reach. Many children like to play with sacks
and put them over their heads.
prevent poisoning, identify household cleaners and
other chemicals, plants, medicines, makeup, perfumes, and any other products
that can harm a child who eats or inhales them. It is critical to properly
store these items out of reach of young children. If you have a possible
poisoning emergency, call 1-800-222-1222, and you will be
automatically transferred to the poison control center closest to you. For more
information, see the topic
is another cause for concern in young children who may chew on contaminated
paint flakes, painted objects, or toys. House paint is no longer made with
lead, but older homes may still have it on walls and other surfaces. For more information about lead, see the topic
Prevent carbon monoxide poisoning by frequently
monitoring levels and taking precautionary
measures, such as having your home's heater checked each year. Carbon monoxide
(CO) is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas. It is produced from burning fuels
such as natural gas, gasoline, fuel oil, or wood (for example, in indoor
heating systems, car engines, cooking appliances, or fires). High CO levels quickly affect young children because of their small size. For
more information, see the topic
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning.
Indoor air pollutants, such as secondhand smoke and mold, can also affect health and safety. For more information, see Tips for Reducing Indoor Pollutants in Your Home.