September is Baby Safety Month 2010

Babies possess an innate curiosity about the world around them. Unfortunately, this can expose them to many household hazards.

Charlotte, NC, August 28, 2010 --( Palmetto Childproofing Inc, in conjunction with the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA), announces that September is Baby Safety Month. This year marks the 27th anniversary of the month long campaign which serves to raise awareness of keeping babies safe both inside and outside the home.

“Babies possess an innate curiosity about the world around them,” says Mike Bost, Vice President of Palmetto Childproofing Inc. “Unfortunately, this can expose them to many household hazards.”

Bost reminds parents that they need to take proactive measures to keep their baby safe in the home and he offers the following babyproofing tips to help parents get started:

Crib Safety: The Consumer Product Safety Commission has documented 153 crib deaths since 2007. Cribs should be free of blankets, pillows, bumper pads, and stuffed animals. These items can block the airway of a sleeping baby and cause suffocation. In addition, more than 9 million cribs have been recalled in the last five years. Check to ensure your crib has not been recalled.

Cover Electrical Outlets: On average, seven children per day in the U.S. are treated in emergency rooms due to injuries caused by electrical outlets. Hairpins and keys are the most commonly inserted items. Consider installing self-closing outlet covers instead of plastic outlet plugs. If dislodged, outlet plugs leave electrical sockets unprotected and may pose a choking hazard as well.

Beware of Cords: Window blind cords are a strangulation hazard. Keep these cords out of a toddler’s reach by wrapping them around wall cleats. In addition, ensure electrical cords from monitors and lamps cannot be reached from the crib.

Cabinet Latches: Install safety latches on cabinets and drawers within your baby’s reach.

Choking Hazards: Check the floor daily to ensure food, debris, or other dropped items do not pose a choking hazard, especially in the kitchen and bathrooms.

Baby Gates: Use durable baby gates to prevent access to stairs and other off-limits areas of the home. Never use a pressure gate at the top of the stairs.

Prevent Drowning Inside the Home: A baby can drown in just a few inches of water. Install a lid lock on all toilets. Never leave standing water in a tub, sink, or bucket. Never leave your baby unattended in the bath. If you must leave the room for any reason, wrap your child in a towel and leave the room together.

Prevent Furniture Tip-Overs: Approximately 19,000 children each year are treated in emergency rooms for tip-over related injuries. Secure bookcases, dressers, televisions, and television stands with brackets or furniture straps.

About Palmetto Childproofing Inc

Palmetto Childproofing Inc helps parents create a safe home environment for their baby or toddler to live, explore, develop, and grow. The company is committed to injury prevention for babies and toddlers by providing home safety consultations, a complete line of quality child safety products, and professional installation services. Palmetto Childproofing Inc services the parents of Charlotte, NC and surrounding areas.

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Mike Bost