5 Ways to Keep Your Kid Alive Past Age 5
Rule #1: Use Anti-Tip Furniture Strap
Between 2000 and 2006, there were at least 180 deaths related to tipped-over furniture, televisions or appliances, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates.
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Rule #2: NEVER Leave a Child in the Car Alone
To date there have been nine deaths in 2010 of children due to hypothermia from being in hot vehicles. Since 1998 there have been at least a total of 454 of these needless tragedies.This study shows that these incidents can occur on days with relatively mild (i.e., ~ 70 degrees F) temperatures and that vehicles can reach life-threatening temperatures very rapidly.
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Rule #3: If You Have a Pool Install Safety Gates
From 2005 to 2007, there were an average of 283 fatal drownings for children 5 and under per year. An additional 2,100 were treated in the emergency room for submersion related injuries.
Rule #4: Never Leave Your Child Unattended with a Dog
The CDC estimates that almost 5 million people a year are bitten by dogs in the United States, with as many as 800,000 people, more than half of them children, requiring medical attention for their dog bites. Many of these cases are fatal, or leave kids disfigured for life.
According to Petsdo.com of the most dangerous dog breeds include: Pit Bulls, Rottweilers, and German Shepherds.
Rule #5: Cut of "Chokable" Foods into Small Pieces
The American Academy of Pediatrics says children younger than 4 years should not be given the following foods unless they are completelychopped up:
*Spoonfuls of peanut butter
*Chunks of meat
Don't give kids under 5 sunflower or pumpkin seeds to eat.
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