The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) wants parents to be aware of “5 Hidden Hazards in the Home”:
MAGNETS – “Small powerful magnets, if swallowed, can attract inside the body and block, twist or tear the intestines. If you think your child has swallowed a magnet, seek medical attention immediately.”
RECALLED PRODUCTS – “Be aware of the latest safety recalls and get dangerous products out of the home. Sign up for recall notices now at www.cpsc.gov.”
We’ve posted several recall alerts here.
WINDOWS – “Never place a crib or playpen near a window blind. To prevent strangulation use cordless blinds or install safety devices on blind cords; and install window guards or stops to prevent falls.”
TIPOVER – “Kids will climb. Top-heavy furniture, TVs and stoves can tip over and crush young children. Make them all more stable by installing anchors and brackets.”
Read about preventing TV tip-overs here.
POOLS AND SPA DRAINS – “Suction from a pool or spa drain can be powerful enough to trap a child or adult underwater. Inspect pools and spas for missing or broken drain covers.”
It looks like The PediaBlog hasn’t uncovered the dangers of window blinds yet. We will tomorrow.