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Keeping Your Grandkids Safe

Grandparents love to have their grandchildren visit. Some grandparents are even full- or part-time caregivers for their grandkids. But, having young ones around the house requires a special eye toward safety.

These tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will help keep grandchildren safe:

Avoid Fires and Scalds

  • Install and maintain smoke alarms on all levels of your home. Install carbon monoxide detectors too. Have a fire escape plan.
  • When cooking, never leave food unattended on the stove or counter. Always supervise or restrict a child’s access to the stove, oven and microwave.
  • Prevent Poisonings
  • Keep medicines, alcohol and cleaning supplies locked safely away. Keep them in their original containers in case you need to call 911 or Poison Control at (800) 222-1222.
  • When giving medicine to children, carefully follow directions.
  • Safely dispose of unneeded or expired prescription drugs and over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, and supplements.

Ensure Safety

  • Use home safety devices, such as guards on windows that are above ground level, stair gates and guard rails to help keep a busy, active child from taking a dangerous tumble.
  • Make sure you have the correct car seat, booster seat, or seatbelt that’s appropriate for their age, height and weight.
  • Learn life-saving skills like cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
  • Communicate positive safety messages and serve as a model of safe behavior. This can include wearing a bike helmet, wearing your seatbelt and applying sunscreen and donning sunglasses before heading out to enjoy the outdoors.
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