Bike safety
Bicycles are a big part of many kids' lives, but it's important to keep in mind that a bicycle is a vehicle, not a toy. Many children are injured each year in bicycle accidents that could've been prevented.
Child restraint, safety belt, and bicycle helmet
It's the law in every state that infants and children must ride buckled up, either in a car seat or using seat belts. Even so, more children in the U-S are killed or injured from car crashes than from any other type of injury.
Childproofing your home
Once children are able to crawl and walk, they're enormously curious and start exploring the world. In this case, their 'world' is their house, so safety training and childproofing your home are necessary now and on a continuing basis to ensure safety.
Fire safety
Teaching a child what to do in case of a fire could prevent confusion and panic and save the child's life. As soon as children are old enough, make sure they know how to escape from the house or apartment.
In-line skating safety
All of the so-called 'riding toys,' such as in-line skates, skateboards, scooters, and roller skates, are a frequent cause of serious childhood injury.
There are laws pertaining to nearly every aspect of a child's life and almost as many advocacy groups working to pass and enforce these laws. These range from laws requiring medical care of children, to laws requiring child sex offenders to be registered.
Pedestrian safety
It's important to teach children safety on the street, especially if they're unsupervised while walking to and from school, or other destinations. First, go over the route (ROOT) the child takes, and make sure it's the safest one possible.
Playground safety
Before letting a child play at a playground, you should check it out yourself to make sure it's safe. Even if you determine that it is, if there are several children using it, there's always the possibility of injury.
Children can suffer poisoning either by swallowing or inhaling toxic substances, or by coming into contact with, or ingesting, certain plants. Symptoms include: burns or burning sensations around the mouth, coughing, gagging, nausea, dizziness, thirst, convulsions, fever, slurred speech, rashes, and difficulty breathing.
Preparing children for emergencies
Preparing children for emergencies can help them avoid unnecessary confusion and panic and could help save their lives or the lives of others. Depending on how old the child is, you can teach him or her some general contingency actions, such as how to call 9-1-1 or other emergency telephone numbers to get help and, of course, how to reach you.
Seat belts and car seats
It's the law in every state that infants and children must ride buckled up, either in a car seat or with seat belts. New federal rules establish a single, standardized system for attachments, and all new cars and trucks have standard anchors in the back seats to link to the attachments.
Water safety
Children shouldn't enter any sort of swimming or wading pool, hot tub, spa, or body of water without adult supervision, even if they know how to swim.
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