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Hidden dangers and child safety

Hidden dangers and child safety

Because accidents are the leading cause of death in children, it is not surprising that pediatricians often focus so much on educating parents about child protection, proper use of car seats, and encourages children to wear headphones . .

However, many parents are not aware of the less common dangers, which are not as widely covered as drowning, car accidents or home fires.

Knowing these other dangers can help you take simple steps to keep your children safe.


Most parents let their children walk on escalators without thinking. Unfortunately, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports that there were approximately 11,000 injured on escalators in 2007, mainly due to falls. In addition, there have been at least 77 catch reports when hands, feet or shoes (especially clogs and sandals) have been caught on the escalator since 2006. .

Your children can still ride the escalator, but make sure they do it safely. They should:

  • Tie your laces before climbing the escalator.
  • Sit in the center of the escalator, look ahead, hold the railing and go down to the end
  • Refrain from sitting or playing on the escalator; it should not be treated as a walk in the amusement park.

Perhaps most importantly, knowing where the emergency stop button is so you can stop the escalator if someone gets stuck while driving.

Shopping carts

Shopping carts should no longer be considered a hidden danger, as the injuries caused by shopping carts have been widely publicized in recent years. These days there are even warnings about shopping cart accidents.

However, if you go to a grocery store or a department store, you will always see children coming in and out of shopping carts, endangering them for falls and head injuries. According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, between 2008 and 2012, more than 107,000 children under the age of 5 were treated for shopping cart injuries.

TV and furniture storage

Young children like to climb. Unfortunately, when climbing on a large piece of furniture, such as a bookshelf, TV cabinet or dresser, it can overturn over them. In addition to the danger of heavy furniture falling on them, children can also be injured when large objects are placed on furniture, especially large TVs.

According to the CPSC, between 2000 and 2017 there were at least 342 deaths caused by television and 165 deaths caused by furniture. many other injuries were treated in the emergency rooms. .

To avoid this danger, be sure to secure large appliances and furniture to the wall with an anchor or strap; One can be provided when shopping or you can pick it up at a furniture or home improvement store Also, be sure to place the TV on a sturdy stand and secure it in place so that it does not tip over.

Jump houses

The CPSC reports that 113,272 injuries related to inflatable slides and inflatable houses were treated in emergency rooms between 2003 and 2013. In addition, there were 12 deaths due to inflatable distractions during that time. .

Jumping houses can be fun, but children should be well supervised when jumping and should be paired with children of similar age and weight. Also, make sure that the jumping house is fixed to the ground and that you can quickly take the children out of the jumping house.


Daddy How can parents be a hidden danger to their children’s safety?

One way is that they often know the safe way to do things, but they stop too early because they think their child is too old to be hurt. For example, they would not think of letting their three- or four-year-old child go in the car without a car seat, but they let their five-year-old boy graduate from his high chair. Or let your eight-year-old ride in the front seat of the car or ride a bicycle without a helmet.

To keep children safe:

  • Protect your home until your child is old enough to understand the dangers you are trying to protect him or her from. This means keeping locks on drawers and cabinets, doors on stairs and lids on electrical outlets, etc.
  • Avoid glass tables, especially if they are not made of tempered glass, as they present a risk if children climb or fall on them and break the glass.
  • Remember to keep the hotel out of the reach of children when traveling, including use according to a travel cot and more baby products .
  • Move children to a lift chair when they have overtaken the car seat facing the front with the harness straps and hold them there until they are ready to use the usual seat belts when they are about 4’9 «high.
  • Keep children in the back seat of the car until they are 13 years old.
  • Protect your pool , if you have one, locking it in a fence with an automatic closing gate, with automatic closing.
  • Watch the children around the water, even if they can swim.
  • Encourage children to wear a helmet at all times get in bicycle , skateboard, skateboard or use Heelys .
  • Don’t forget not to leave your child alone at home until he is really ready.
  • Take children to a public fireworks display, rather than letting them play with fireworks, including glitter, that can reach over 1000 degrees and cause half of the fireworks injuries in children under the age of five. .

Can your child be too safe?

You don’t want your child to live in a balloon or ride a helmet all the time, but remember that the more you risk, the more likely your child is to be injured or killed in an accident.

In addition to the obvious safety steps for the proper use of the car seat, installing a smoke detector, and protecting your child’s home, beware of other hidden hazards that may compromise your child’s safety:

  • The upper bed of a bunk , which should be avoided until children are at least six years old.
  • Musical instruments, such as a guitar, that can injure a small child playing with strings (for example, trying to tune them excessively) if one of the high-tension strings gets in your eyes or scratches your face, and so on.
  • High water, storm drains and ditches when lightning floods occur during and after strong storms .
  • Parade floats, which can run over a child along the parade route; children can also fall while riding a float.
  • Mentioned or broken toys.
  • Toys which are not suitable for age, especially toys with magnets and small parts, which present a choking hazard for younger children.
  • Exercise equipment at home, including stationery bicycles, treadmills and climbers.
  • Lawn mowers, which should not be used by children under the age of 16; lawn mowers that should not be used by children under 12 years of age.
  • Hot cars especially when infants or young children are left in the car seat, small children or preschoolers sneak into the car to play and cannot get out or children remain trapped in the trunk.
  • Lanyard on the hood of clothing, which may present a danger of strangulation; Additional buttons, ribbons or decorations on baby clothes and clothes for babies or toddlers, as they may come off and endanger suffocation.
  • Paper shredders, which can cause amputations and lacerations to the fingers, especially in younger children.
  • Older blinds and cords (sold before November 2000), which can curl and strangle young children.
  • Roman shades and spirals that have spirals pull exposed inner cables or ropes.
  • The window is falling , which can be prevented by installing a window or shutter window (prevents the window from opening more than four inches).
  • A garage door that does not reverse automatically and can catch a child under the door (mostly a problem for garage doors made before 1993 and newer ones that no longer work properly).
  • Balloons , which causes more suffocation deaths than balls, balloons or small pieces of toys (in addition to suffocating or sucking on broken balloon pieces, some children suggest deflated balloons while trying to inflate them, which is why adults should to supervise minor children). eight playing with balloons. Children under the age of three should not play balloons at all.)
  • Older pool, spa and hot tubs; its strong suction and older caps can lead to tangled hair or clogging of body parts.
  • trampoline internal , motorized bicycles and off-road vehicles (ATVs), powder-free guns (air guns, pellet guns, air rifles or paintball guns) or noisy toys
  • Be sure to provide liquid nicotine used in e-cigarettes, as poisoning centers across the country are seeing a large increase in children exposed by ingestion, inhalation or absorption through the skin or eyes.
  • Laundry detergent capsules, which AAP says «pose a serious risk of poisoning to young children,» including more than 17,000 poison control calls a year from children who ingest or sniff the capsules.