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Falls and Water Safety
Falls--Identifying High-Risk Situations
Babies who are left unsupervised on top of beds, changing tables, and even couches, can roll off unexpectedly.
Falls--Injury Statistics and Incidence Rates
Infants are more likely to fall from furniture, baby walkers, and stairs. Toddlers tend to fall from windows.
Make sure playground equipment is age-appropriate. Most equipment manufactured today is made for two age groups: children from 2 to 5 years old, and children from 5 to 12 years old.
Water Safety and Teens
Encourage your adolescent to take swimming, diving, and water safety or rescue classes to give him/her the skills needed to swim and dive safely.
Water Safety--Identifying High-Risk Situations
Water hazards in and around the home include buckets, diaper pails, toilets, ponds, and fountains.
Water Safety--Injury Statistics and Incidence Rates
More than half of childhood drownings in pools occur in the child's home pool. Most of the victims are between ages 1 and 4.
If your children are around bodies of water on a regular basis, learn CPR. CPR can save lives, reduce the severity of injury, and improve the chance of survival.