02 Nov November is Child Safety Month
Every year, National Child Safety Month is observed during the month of November. We love our children and, of course, we worry about them and want them to be safe all year round. But this Child Safety Month, let’s take some time to dive in deeper and explore how we can make the spaces and activities our children spend a lot of time in, and doing, more safe for them.
We may not realize it, but without care and attention, our homes and vehicles can actually be dangerous places for our children to spend time. The Center for Disease Control estimates that an average of 12,000 children under the age of 19 die every year from accidental injuries. These deaths are accidents— which means, they can most likely be prevented!
Today we’ll be exploring how we can ensure our children’s safety in two common locations— the home and the car.
We may not think it, but our own homes can be hazardous spaces for our children— especially if our children are young. With young children, it is imperative that we ensure they are kept from wandering unknowingly into a dangerous situation. We suggest using safety gates. These can keep your crawling (or running) toddler away from dangerous areas like the kitchen or the stair case.
In the event your child does end up in a potentially dangerous area of the house unattended, it’s important that these spaces are child-proofed. Cleaners and chemicals in the kitchen or bathroom should always be kept out of reach and locked away behind child-safety locks. The same goes for knives and other sharp objects that may be in your kitchen. Place covers over electrical outlets that are not in use; this will help to keep their curious little fingers from getting zapped. Additionally, we suggest keeping your home as tidy as possible— if not to avoid clutter, then to keep small items that are easy to choke on out of your children’s reach.
Be sure to keep an eye on these things as make adjustments as your children grow. Kids grow up fast, as we all know very well here at Berry Insurance. Cleaning chemicals stored on the kitchen counter may have been a safe spot early on, but as your child grows, the counter quickly becomes an accessible spot!
It’s no secret that vehicles can be hazardous (for a million and one reasons). When your children are in the car with you, make sure they’re always wearing a seat belt. Children under the age of 13 should always sit in the backseat and those under 4 feet, 9 inches should be in a booster seat as an adult seat belt will be too large for them.
When your young children are in the backseat, it’s also important to be mindful of windows. Be sure you only roll windows down a safe distance. Additionally, it is never safe for your kids to be hanging their heads out the window— we suggest enforcing this as a strict rule (for your child’s sake!). Lastly, always check before rolling up backseat windows; no one likes squished fingers!
There are also several items in your car that you may think are safety-related, but can actually put your child in more danger. A sun shade may seem like a great way to protect your children from harmful rays, but be careful how they are attached. Suction cups can easily detach, causing a heavy shade to fall. A baby rearview mirror may also seem like a great way to keep watch on your child, however it also poses a distracted driver threat. Lastly, seat protectors that are installed under car seats to catch the mess can potentially leave your car seat not being properly secured. Most national CPS certified technicians will tell you to remove these devices from your cars.
No matter where you are, you should always feel like your children are safe, and that’s what this month is all about. Our last piece of advice is this: make sure you have Massachusetts life insurance! It’s something we all hope we’ll never need, but it’s important to be prepared. We want the best for our children whether we’re here or not. Give us a call today at 508-528-5200 for a no obligation review!