Family First: Child Safety Advice

By: Sarah Carlson
By: Sarah Carlson

Most parents care more about their kids safety than anything in the world. But local child safety experts say you'd be surprised by how much we still have to learn. Our friends at Swim West gave us the most common mistakes parents still make.

First, the size of toys. This is especially dangerous for babies with older siblings. Those under three shouldn't be able to play with anything small enough to fit through a toilet paper tube so try to keep those toys separate. Second on the list is balloons, especially if they pop.

"Kids are like vacuums. They will crawl around the floor, pick up the toy, piece of balloon, stick it in their mouth and it's almost impossible to get a chunk of latex balloon out of a child's throat. "

The last mistake parents commonly make relates to moms with long hair. Different kinds of rubber bands or Scrunchies as they're called can be a danger for little ones that find a way to get one around their neck.

Moving on now to water safety for your kids. The experts at Swim West talk about how no child should be left alone while swimming or even playing near a pond or a pool. They say an alarm is a great idea.

" You've got to have a fence around it. You've got to have an alarm that either goes off when the water is moved in any way an alarm on the door, anything that would signal to you as a parent that your child especially escaped and went out to your pool area. "

Finally, if you have kids, please take CPR! Don't assume an ambulance can get to you in time. We're told the average response time is 12 minutes but a child can suffer brain damage in seven or eight.

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