Children can cut themselves with knives, broken delph or glasses, scissors, razors (even safety ones) etc. Take action now:
- Use cupboard locks so that children cannot get to breakable household items.
- Use drawer locks so that children cannot get to knives, scissors and any other pointed or sharp items.
- Keep knife blocks out of sight and reach of children.
- Keep razors out of sight and reach of children.
- Learn some basic first aid skills.
Children can suffer devastating injuries from contact with lawn mowers (both ride-on and push mowers).
- Children should be kept indoors when the lawn mower is being used. If this is not possible, they should be supervised closely by a second adult.
- Loss of digits (for example fingers, toes) can happen easily. If this does happen, place any severed digits into a plastic bag, place the bag into a container of ice, and get to a hospital as quickly as possible.
- Remember danger comes not just from body contact with the blades or motor - blade speed can also eject an object at speeds up to 100 miles per hour.
- Find out more by reading Lawn Mower Safety from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Most unintentional injuries (often called accidents) can be prevented:
Remember the key message where child safety is concerned -
Watch your child at all times, as children do not understand danger
Image: Mountfield Lawnmower by Gary Turner (Flickr Creative Commons)