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Published on March 12, 2014

Author: Babysafetyprodigy


Child Safety At Home As parents, we know to look out for our children around obvious dangers; moving vehicles, fire, sharp objects, and similar types of things. However, there are a whole other set of dangerous items that we do not usually think about that have been involved in serious accidents and deaths of children in the last few years. By educating yourself on the possible dangers, you are taking a step forward in preventing your child from becoming injured or killed by something that can be avoided. In April of 2012, a family in Oregon was shocked and devastated when their almost two-year old was killed in his family’s washing machine. He was watching his mother do laundry and when she briefly stepped away, he climbed inside the washing machine chamber. When she returned a few minutes later, she found him trapped in the water filled chamber and unresponsive. As much as she tried to resuscitate him, it was too late and he was declared dead the next day at the hospital. This mother and her husband are now trying to travel and make sure that other parents are aware of the danger that lurks in our traditional household appliances. This is not an entirely unique situation, unfortunately. There have been several other children under the age of five that were killed in laundry room accidents and there have been over five hundred injuries due to washing machines including broken bones, amputations and drowning. If you are concerned about washing machine safety, there are some important steps you can take. First, never leave your child unsupervised near a washing machine or a dryer. Keep the door to your laundry area shut at all times that you are not in it. room You should take it a step further and install child proof locks or safety door handles on the laundry door. In addition, you can also purchase a washer and dryer with a child safety lock that will prevent them from being able to open the doors to the appliances even if they wanted to. Other household appliances can also be dangerous. Keep children away from the dishwasher, fireplace, garbage disposal, hot water heater, heat pump, air conditioning unit, and any other major appliances. Other items can be just as dangerous that you may not even consider. For example, children should not be allowed to play on or in furniture that has an extendable leg rest, such as a recliner or even a sofa sleeper. This can become deadly if your child gets trapped and the leg rest is closed on top of them preventing their airway from functioning

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