Child Safety

One of the things we parents
fear most for our children is that
they will be unintentionally and
unnecessarily hurt. Skinned
knees and incidental boo-boos
aside, the environment we create
for them is the one they live in, and
though we can't wrap them in
bubble wrap till they're 21, there
are many things we can do to help
protect them from preventable
injuries. Some of these things are
educational, others observational,
and still others involve safety
equipment or choices about
furniture, or positions of items
in the household.

This guide is far from all-inclusive,
but the major steps you can take
ahead of time are listed below.

-   Install smoke and carbon
    monoxide detectors.

-   Check the batteries monthly.
    Replace the batteries annually.

-   Have fire extinguishers on hand,
    and on every floor of the house.

-   Use the daylight saving time
    change as a reminder to check the
    charge on your extinguishers.

-   Procure a weather alert radio
    and an emergency kit.

-  Plan for a fire escape route and
    a safe place to meet in an
    emergency or if you have to
    evacuate the house.

-   Keep a list of important phone
    numbers, and have your important
    papers in a safe place.
 

Prenatal

Newly Born

Taking Care of Baby

Babyhood

Toddlerhood

Early Childhood

Lower Elementary

Upper Elementary

High School and Beyond