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Household Safety: Preventing Strangulation and Entrapment


Kids can strangle or become entrapped in the most unexpected ways — even cords, strings on clothing, and infant furniture and accessories can be dangerous.

Avoiding Potential Hazards

To protect kids from strangulation and entrapment, follow these safety tips:

Be Prepared

If you're expecting a baby or you already have a child, it's wise to:

A Safe, Kid-Friendly Home

To check your childproofing efforts, get down on your hands and knees in every room of your home for a kid's-eye view. Be aware of your child's surroundings and what could be dangerous.

Completely childproofing a home can be difficult. If you can't childproof the entire house, you can shut the doors (and install doorknob covers) to any room that hasn't been properly childproofed. For sliding doors, doorknob covers and childproof locks are great for keeping little ones from leaving your home.

Of course, how much or how little you childproof your home is up to you. Keeping a close eye on kids is the very best way to protect them from injuries.

Whether you have a baby, toddler, or school-age child, your home should be a safe place for your little one to explore. After all, touching, holding, climbing, and exploring are the activities that develop your child's body and mind.

Date reviewed: October 2016


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