September is Baby Safety Month
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[August 29, 2008]
September is Baby Safety Month, and the
Logan County chapter of Safe Kids reminds parents and caregivers to
plan ahead to make safe spaces for babies "at home, at play and on
Laurie McPherson, chapter coordinator, has the following safety tips
for children ages 0-3:Remove pillows, soft bedding and toys from crib; put your
baby "back to sleep" (face up) on a firm mattress. Keep cribs
away from windows and furniture. Install guards on windows that
you will open, and tie up cords on curtains and blinds. Install
smoke alarms on every floor and outside all sleeping areas.
Install safety gates at top and bottom of stairs.
In the kitchen:
Never leave a hot stove unattended. Keep hot liquids,
poisons and electrical cords out of reach, and keep cleaning
products and other poisons locked out of reach. Don't let
children under age 3 eat small, round or hard foods such as hot
dogs, grapes, hard candy, nuts or popcorn.
In the bath:
Mix hot and cold water together, and test the temperature before
putting the baby in. Set your hot water heater to 120 degrees to
help prevent scalding. Never leave a baby alone in the bath.
On the playground:
Actively supervise children on the playground -- be within
arm's reach. Avoid playgrounds with asphalt surfaces. Don't let
kids wear jewelry or drawstring clothes on the playground. Pools
should be fenced on all four sides and have self-closing gates.
In the car: Children under 13
should always ride in the back seat in proper restraints. Babies
under 1 year old and 20 pounds must ride in a rear-facing car
seat, reclined at a 45-degree angle. Always check the harness
for proper fit.
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Baby Safety Month is an annual observance led by the Juvenile
Products Manufacturers Association since 1991. The theme of this
year's program is "Baby Safety -- A Partnership," a reminder that
baby safety is a shared responsibility of product manufacturers,
retailers, health care providers, child advocacy organizations,
government agencies and the community at large, as well as parents
and caregivers. For more information, visit
For more information about baby safety topics such as
childproofing, scalding, playground safety, drowning prevention and
child passenger safety, call 217-735-2317 or visit
Safe Kids works to prevent accidental childhood injury, the
leading killer of children 14 years of age and under. The Logan
County chapter is a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network
of organizations dedicated to preventing accidental injury, and is
coordinated through the Logan County Health Department.
[Text from file received from
Logan County Health