Stop injuries before they happen
Every day, two Canadian children die from unintentional injuries and another 80 require hospitalization. These are staggering statistics as many could have been avoided had better preventative steps been taken.
It’s the little things that matter when it comes to protecting children from getting hurt. By providing a safe sleep environment for your children, ensuring they wear a helmet when skating, riding a bike or scooter, or using car seats, booster seats and seatbelts properly for every car ride — you can make a difference to your child’s safety.
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Blind cord safety
Keep cords up high and out of reach. Cords on the side, inside, or back of the window covering are a strangulation risk for children.
Small, powerful magnets can be dangerous to children of all ages. Children can swallow these magnets and be seriously injured.
Did you know that the second leading cause of death in children ages one to four is drowning? Securing your backyard pool and teaching children about water safety can help protect them from serious injury, and even death.
Safety around the house
Sadly, injuries are the main cause of death for young children. What's dangerous depends on a child's age and abilities. Know your child and look at your home from his or her point of view to identify hazards.
Chances are you have a variety of household chemical products at home, like cleaning liquids and powders, drain cleaners and paint. These can pose serious health risks to children if they are not used and stored properly.
Lead and cadmium in children's jewellery
Lead is often used in making costume jewellery. Wearing jewellery containing lead does not cause harm -- but sucking, chewing on or swallowing it can cause damage to children's bodies, especially the nervous system.
Furniture and televisions
Young children may climb furniture to reach items on high shelves or in drawers. Climbing can cause furniture or televisions to tip over onto a child, causing serious injuries -- including head or internal injuries -- that could lead to death.
It is very important to make sure a playpen is assembled correctly before using it. Follow the manufacturer's instructions completely, as well as guidelines regarding the weight and age of child the playpen is made for.
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