Safety Hazards

Written by on April 15, 2013 in Safety Tips

Safety HazardsThe U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission conducted a national study to identify safety hazards in daycares. In one year 31,000 kids under the age of four were treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms. Since 1990, at least 56 children have died in childcares. The hazards identified in this survey were the following: cribs, soft bedding, playground maintenance, child safety gates, and window blind cords.

  • Cribs – Children can suffocate if crib slats are too far apart and their heads get caught in the slats. They can also suffocate between a too-small mattress and the crib.
  • Soft Bedding – Infants can suffocate in soft bedding like quilts, comforters, and pillows. Eliminate all soft bedding to prevent deaths.
  • Playground Maintenance – Since most injuries on the playground occur from falls, playground surfacing should have at least 12 inches of wood chips, mulch, sand, or rubber mats.
  • Child Safety Gates – More than 100,000 children went to emergency rooms due to falling down the stairs. These injuries could have been prevented if safety gates had been used.
  • Window Blind Cords – Once a month a child strangles in window covering cords. Most loops on mini-blind cords have been eliminated. If not, cut the looped cord, remove the buckle, and put a safety tassel on each cord or have a tie-down device to hold the cords tight.

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