Safe Kids Kansas

Preventing Accidental Injury.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 23, 2012

KDHE Office of Communications
communications@kdheks.gov, 785-296-0461

More than 2,000 Children per Year Fatally Injured at Home

Safe Kids Kansas urges parents to childproof homes

TOPEKA, Kan. — Approximately 2,096 children in the United States, ages 14 and under, die from accidental injuries in the home each year and 3 million kids are treated in emergency rooms for accidental injuries occurring at home. In 2004, approximately 2,300 children ages 14 and under died from unintentional injuries that occurred in the home and nearly 80 percent of these deaths were among children ages four and under. Most fatal injuries at home are caused by fire, suffocation, drowning, choking, falls, poisoning or firearms discharged unintentionally.

Safe Kids Kansas urges parents and caregivers to check their homes for basic safety precautions. “There’s no substitute for active supervision, but childproofing your home provides extra protection and peace of mind,” says Sage, Safe Kids Kansas coordinator. “It’s easy to eliminate the most obvious hazards — and it doesn’t have to involve a lot of expensive equipment.”

The first step in childproofing a home is to explore every room at a child’s eye level. “Literally get down on your hands and knees and crawl around. You’ll be surprised at how much you can reach and how many small objects you can pick up,” says Sage. “Anything that can fit through a standard 1½-inch toilet paper tube is a potential choking hazard. Of course, cleaning products, medications, alcohol, firearms and other potentially harmful products need to be stored out of reach and locked up.”

Safe Kids Kansas also recommends these precautions:

“Safety comes first, even if it means making your home a little less convenient for adults,” says Sage. “Safety gates and cabinet locks are a small price to pay to keep a child out of the emergency room.”
For more information about kitchen safety, window blinds, cribs, windows, furniture and other hazards around the home, call Safe Kids Kansas at 785-296-1223 or visit www.safekids.org.

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