Kids Safety: Top 5 Hidden Hazards in Your Home

Hidden Hazards in your home

There are a lot of things around your house that can be harmful to children. You do your best to childproof your home to keep your children safe. But there are some hidden hazards that could endanger kids.

1. Blind Cords

You can find these in almost any home.  With a simple pull they can make your blinds go up or down. But they can be dangerous for children.

Ann Brown, the former chairman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission said, "These cords are terribly attractive to children. 500 children have died in 20 years, strangling themselves in venetian blind cords. It only takes a minute for a child to strangle themselves. Cut them off or tie them up high."  A family that lost a child created an organization to bring awareness to this tragic issue.  Click here for more information.  

2. Button batteries

It's hard not to smile when you open a card and it has music with it, but you won't smile when we tell you the dangers associated with button batteries.

"Children ingest them. Their saliva causes them to have a chemical reaction and they get terrible burns of the throat and esophagus. There have been 28 reported injuries, 2 hospital emergency visits. Injuries have increased nine fold because they're used in so many products," said Brown.

Brown says it’s safest to keep products with button batteries out of your house if you have small children.

3. Detergent pods 

The next hidden hazard in your home comes from the laundry room. Laundry detergent pods. They're small and easy for children to get their hands on them. Ann Brown, former chairman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission said, "They can be alluring to children to put in their mouths. There have been 5,000 reports to poison control centers. I wouldn't have them in the house at all, children can get into anything."

It's important to note companies like Tide have included warning labels containers with several pods inside.Young children can't read those labels so Brown says your best bet is not to have them around at all.

4. A small bucket, like a 5 gallon bucket is a hidden hazard.

Children can drown in only a small amount of water. "You're got to get rid of the bucket and the water as soon as you've finished cleaning because children can drown in this small amount of water,” Brown said.  ”Children are top heavy, their heads are heavy so they lean over to see what's in it and fall in. 10 children a year die in five-gallon buckets."

Again, just remove the water as soon as you’re finished cleaning.

5.  Keep your TV from tipping over

The latest statistics from What if Palm Beach County www.whatifpbc.org shows the number of deaths in our country due to television tip overs is at an all-time high.

If possible, mount your TV on a wall with the manufacturer’s instructions for the safest fit. Place televisions on low, stable furniture. Also, use brackets, braces or wall straps to secure unstable or top-heavy TV’s to the wall.
 

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