Poison Prevention in Your Home

Children are known for playing with and around items around your home that can pose a dangerous threat to their lives.  However, there are little things we can do in our day to day lives that can ensure that children avoid serious injuries. While it is important to encourage our children to explore and discover new things, when it comes to poisonous materials in our homes, we want to keep them safe. Here are a few tips to show you how.SILO-POISON

The Hard Facts

Half of the 2 million calls to Poison Help Number in 2011 involved children ages 5 and under. In fact, 9 out of 10 poisonings occur at home.

Medications are the leading cause of child poisoning. In 2011, 67,700 children were seen in emergency room for medicine poisoning. That’s one child every eight minutes. Almost all of these visits are because the child got into medicines during a moment alone.

Top Tips

  • Store all household products and cleaning solutions out of children’s sight and reach. Young kids are often eye-level with items under the kitchen and bathroom sinks.
  • Store poisonous items out of reach or use safety locks on cabinets within reach. These items also include liquid packets for the laundry and dishwasher. It only takes a few minutes, and it gives you one less thing to worry about.
  • Read product labels to find out what can be hazardous to kids. Dangerous household items include makeup, personal care products, plants, pesticides, lead, art supplies, alcohol and carbon monoxide.
  • Make sure that all medications, including vitamins and adult medicines, are stored out of reach and out of sight or children.
  • Put the toll-free number Poison Help Number (1-800-222-1222) into your home and cell phones.

 

For more information visit www.safekids.org.

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Winter is Fire Season?

by admin on October 19, 2015

We have had a tough outdoor fire season in California this summer, and our indoor fire season is just beginning.  Fall and winter bring holidays and gatherings full of joy and fun, as well as increased indoor cooking, decorating and heating.  As you prepare your home for the holidays, make sure fire safety is on your to-do list.

The Hard FactsSILO-FIRE

In 2013, 334 children died in home fires. Eighty-seven percent of all fire-related deaths are due to home fires, which spread rapidly and can leave families as little as two minutes to escape once an alarm sounds. Fires are not just a problem in the United States. In 2008, nearly 61,000 children around the world died due to a fire or burn.

Top Tips

  • Working smoke alarms reduce the chances of dying in a fire by nearly 50 percent. They are a critical first step for staying safe, but in order to be effective, they have to be working properly. For the best protection, install smoke alarms on every level of your home and in every sleeping area.
  • Teach kids never to play with matches and lighters. Make a habit of placing these items up and away from young children.
  • Create and practice a home fire escape plan with two ways out of every room in case of a fire. Get a stopwatch and time how fast your family can escape. The kids will love it. Here’s a handy worksheet to help get you started.
  • Children should know how to respond to the sound of a smoke alarm. Teach them to get low and get out when they hear it. A child who is coached properly ahead of time will have a better chance to be safe. Watch our video to learn more.
  • Use common sense in the kitchen. Limit distractions when cooking and don’t leave a hot oven or stovetop unattended.
  • Blow out candles before you leave the room or before you go to sleep.

See more at http://www.safekids.org/fire.

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Remembering Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety

September 11, 2015

Re-blog from The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Center for Injury Research and Prevention by Dr, Patty Huang, MD A recent outing in Center City Philadelphia with my young child highlighted just how complex and dangerous a seemingly routine task such as crossing a street can be. As my colleague, Flaura Winston, MD, PhD, recently shared […]

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Protecting Kids Around Liquid Laundry Packets

June 24, 2015

New products are introduced into the market for use in the home every day, but how often do we stop and think about what impact these items may have on the safety of our families? Since 2012 when liquid laundry packets began gaining traction in the market, more than 33,000 calls for children 5 and […]

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Thank You AAA and Sacramento Kings!

March 26, 2015

Safe Kids Greater Sacramento Receives AAA Assists Grant for Traffic Safety AAA has partnered with our Sacramento Kings to offer a grant called AAA Assists.  Every time a Kings player was credited with an assist this season, AAA donated $5 to a local charity.  Safe Kids Greater Sacramento was honored to be chosen as the […]

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