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Safety Tips

(provided by Trauma Services at Covenant Children's)

Gun Safety Tips

  • Store firearms unloaded and locked
  • Use a firearm safe, locked box, trigger or chamber lock to store firearms
  • Store and lock ammunition in a separate place
  • Remove firearms from your home if you have a depressed or suicidal family member
  • Ask family and friends to use these safe storage steps
  • Before you send your child to someone's house, ask if firearms in the home are stored unloaded and locked. Ask if the ammunition is stored separately. Ask about shotguns and rifles, too, not just handguns.
  • If you have doubts about the safety of someone else's home, invite the children to play at your home instead.
  • Present your concerns with respect.
  • Talk with your children about the risk of firearm injury in places they may visit or play.
  • Teach your child if she finds a firearm to leave it alone and let an adult know right away.

Motor Vehicle & Car Seat Safety

Statistic: Motor vehicle crashes are the number one cause of death among children ages 1 - 19.

Safety Tips:

  • Right Seat – Check the label on your car seat to make sure it's appropriate for your child's age, weight & height.
  • Right Place – Kids are VIPs. We know all VIPs ride in the back, so keep children in the back seat until they are 13.
  • Right Direction – You want to keep your child in a rear-facing car seat as long as possible, usually until age 2. When child outgrows the seat, move him/her to a forward-facing car seat. Make sure to attach the top tether after you tighten and lock the seat belt or lower anchors.
  • Inch Test – Once your car seat is installed, give it a good shake at the base. Can you move it more than an inch side to side or front to back? A properly installed seat will not move more than an inch.
  • Pinch Test – Make sure the harness is tightly buckled and coming from the correct slots. Now, with the chest clip placed at armpit level, pinch the strap at your child's shoulder. If you are unable to pinch any excess webbing, you're good to go.

Statistic: 43 children, ranging in age from 2 months to 14 years, died from heatstroke or suspected heatstroke while left in cars in 2013. Within 10 minutes, the inside temperature of a vehicle can be up to 20° hotter than the outside temperature; after 30 minutes the vehicle's temperature can be up to 34° hotter. Believe it or not, it is easy to forget your child is in the back seat of your car.

Safety Tips:

  • Just a Minute – "Just a Minute" can turn into a longer amount of time if you are distracted. Don't leave your child in the car seat, thinking that you will only be a minute.
  • Helpful Reminder – A good way to remember that your child is in the back seat is to put an item you need (purse, wallet, cell phone) in the back seat so that you have to go back there to get it.

Burn & Scald Prevention

Tips for keeping your children from burning or scalding themselves

  • Cover electrical outlets so that children aren't able to insert metal objects.
  • Set your water heater to 120° F to avoid burning your baby.
  • Don't carry your child when cooking on the stove. Place them in a highchair or safe place away from stove or anything hot substance that could splash onto them.
  • When cooking use the back burner and turn the pot handles away from edges.
  • Install barriers, such as safety gates, around fireplaces and ovens.
  • Microwaves can heat unevenly, creating hot spots, so avoid using them to heat baby formula or milk.
  • Use oven mitts or potholders and keep hot foods and liquids away from table and counter edges. Be careful if your oven mitt is hot; when combined with heat, the moisture can cause scalds.
  • Slowly open containers that have been in the microwave, as steam can burn little fingers and faces.
  • Store candles, matches and lighters out of reach of children.
  • Keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything that can burn.
  • Fire and burns go together. Prevent them both by installing smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms.

Medicine Safety

Every Minute of every day a poison control center answers a call about a young child getting into medicine.

In three out of four cases, the medicine belonged to either a parent or grandparent.

Remember, Grandparents often take lots of pills. When your child is visiting, consider that you may want to check that all medication is put away safely out of child's reach.

Tips for Safe Medicine Practices:

  • Store all medicine out of sight and reach of young children, even between doses.
  • Be alert to medicines stored in purses, on nightstands & counters.
  • If possible, choose child resistant bottle caps for your medicine.
  • Coordinate with other people watching your child about when and which medicine should be given.

ATV Safety

  • All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) have become popular for work and recreation. Unfortunately, reported cases of serious injury and death have increased along with their increased use. Make ATV safety a priority.
  • An ATV is not a toy. Children should not be permitted to operate ATVs without specialized training and then they should be allowed to only operate an ATV of an appropriate size.
  • ATVs with an engine size of 70cc to 90cc should be operated by people at least 12 years of age.
  • ATVs with an engine size of greater than 90cc should only be operated by people at least 16 years of age.
  • Wear appropriate riding gear.
  • Read owner's manuals carefully.
  • ATVs are not made for multiple riders. Never carry anyone else on the ATV.
  • Do not operate the ATV on streets, highways or paved roads.
  • Take a riding safety class.
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