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Tips for preventing all sorts of child injuries in everyday life

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Children are learning, growing and full of energy, so they are often at a higher risk for injury than many parents would like. Some of the top risks include things like falls, drownings, accidental poisonings, injuries from fires and car accidents. To keep kids safe in New York, there are a few tips parents should remember:

– Always use booster seats or car seats, depending on your child’s age and size, along with seat belts. Do this for every trip, from the road trip to their grandparents’ to the two-block trip to the store.

– At a young age, teach your child about water safety and how to swim. Even for children who are good swimmers, always watch them in the water, with at least one adult dedicated to this at all times.

– Remember that children are very curious, and store dangerous things in locked cabinets or otherwise out of reach. Things to be stored this way include medications, laundry detergents and other cleaning agents.

– Put smoke alarms in every room, and check them at least once a month to make sure they’re working properly. Never take the batteries out to use them in other devices like the remote control.

– Buy safety gear that kids can use if they have toys like bicycles and in-line skates. Teach your kids how to use this gear and insist that they wear it each time.

Parents who are proactive about their children’s safety can prevent a lot of accidents and injuries. However, even these tips can’t prevent everything, so you need to know your potential rights to compensation when your child is hurt.

Source: Healthfinder, “Protect Your Child from Injury,” accessed Oct. 15, 2015

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