November Safety Topic: Child Safety & Protection

Taking care of the little ones in our lives should always be a top priority. That’s why many safety groups recognize November as Child Safety & Protection Month. To help spread awareness of the importance of child safety, our team From Golomb Legal. would like to share a few basic child safety and protection tips here.

7 Children Safety Tips

  1. Crib safety: The only items that should be inside your child’s crib are a firm mattress and a fitted sheet. Newborns should not sleep with blankets, toys, and pillows in the crib. You should talk to your pediatrician about what items can be safely put in your child’s crib and at what age.
  2. Proper car seat use: Car seats can only protect your child if they are used properly, which means placing them correctly and using the right straps based on your child’s height, weight, and age. Review all safety and use instructions for your child’s car seat if you aren’t fully familiar with them.
  3. Medicine storage: The medicine you keep in your home needs to be secured away from the reach of all children. If you have children of various ages in your home, then you might need to use a locked cabinet or a high shelf.
  4. Cabinet locks: You should install cabinet locks or hinge-catches on cabinets that contain cleaners and other household chemicals.
  5. Burn-proof the shower: If your child is old enough to bathe or shower themselves, they could still accidentally burn themselves by setting the water temperature too high. You can adjust the water temperature setting on your home’s water heater, so it cannot reach a dangerous level.
  6. Cover electric sockets: Electrical outlets in your home that are within reach of your child can be extremely dangerous, especially if your child is old enough to pick up small objects and dexterously manipulate them. You should cover those sockets with childproof plugs.
  7. Examine all toys: Whenever your child is given a new toy from you or a family friend, you should always examine it carefully before allowing them to play with it. Choking hazards pose the biggest threat to a child’s safety when it comes to playing with new toys. Remember that some toys can break apart and create a choking hazard. For example, an action figure might be safe when it comes out of the package but, if your child breaks the arm off, then it could suddenly be a dangerous toy.
We hope these safety tips help keep you and your child safe all year long! If you ever need help with a lawsuit against a toy or child product maker, then please keep us in mind. We assist clients nationwide, including with class actions. Contact us now to learn more.