(10/19/12) - Falls are the leading cause of unintentional injury for all children ages 14 and under. In 2009, more than 45 percent of nonfatal fall-related injuries and 56 percent of fall-related deaths were among children ages four and under.
Young children are still developing mobility and coordination and can be prone to injuries caused by falls. In addition, head injuries are associated with most deaths and severe injuries resulting from falls.
Safe Kids Pee Dee/Coastal offers the following safety tips to make sure the area around your children is safe to toddle, tippy toe and topple. Remember to always actively supervise your children as they explore around the home.
â€¢ Do not place toys or items that attract children on top of furniture.
â€¢ Place furniture away from windows and secure it to the wall with anchor straps.
â€¢ Install safety gates at the top and the bottom of staircases.
â€¢ Actively supervise toddlers on stairs. Hold their hands when climbing up and down stairs.
â€¢ Make sure stairs are clear of toys and other objects.
â€¢ Install safety guards on windows. Screens are meant to keep bugs out, not children in.
â€¢ Keep windows locked when they are closed.
For more information about residential home safety, call Safe Kids Pee Dee/Coastal at (843) 777-5021 to speak to an Injury Prevention Specialist or visit www.McLeodSafeKids.org.
Safe Kids Pee Dee/Coastal, led by McLeod Health, works to prevent accidental childhood injury, the leading cause of death in children 14 and under. Safe Kids Pee Dee/Coastal is a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations dedicated to preventing accidental injury. Safe Kids Pee Dee/Coastal is funded in part by the McLeod Health Foundation.