Childproofing your house prevents injury, saves lives

By Mike Baldyga
Special to The PREVIEW

Any new parent quickly learns that a toddler is into everything. It only takes a quick second for that child to get out of your sight and around something potentially dangerous. The nation’s emergency physicians treat children every day who are injured by something in their own home or someone else’s home. Now is the time to childproof it.

“So many childhood injuries that emergency physicians see daily are easily avoidable,” said Dr. Michael Gerardi, president of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP). “You can’t keep your kid in a protective bubble, but you can work to keep them safe. A great start would be to look around your house and identify potential childhood hazards and take steps to protect your children from them.”

Unintentional injuries, like burns, drowning, falls, poisoning and road traffic are the leading cause of death among children in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). More than 12,000 children die each year and more than 9.2 million are treated in ERs for injuries.

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This story was posted on May 28, 2015.