Is Your Home Safe for Your Kids?

By: Risa Avila
By: Risa Avila

Carmen Westfahl is a mother of two who takes many precautions in keeping her children safe. “I have cabinet locks underneath the sink and places I don’t want my kids into.”

She knows supervision is crucial, “As much as I try to closely watch my almost three year old, I still have to keep an eye on her from not getting into the things I use every day such as the scissors or the kitchen utensils.”

Over Four and a half million children are injured due to home injuries every year.

“The biggest thing we see as far as injuries are fall to a surface and that can happen outside or inside,” says Nate Brandt of the Lancaster County Health Department.

One of the things Westfahl uses in her children’s bedroom is furniture safety straps. She says they help out a great deal in preventing furniture falling on children.

For more child safety tips, log onto www.safekids.org.


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