Sunrise, FL (PRWEB) September 05, 2013
According to Safe Kids USA, every year more than three million unintentional injuries happen in the home to children under the age of 14. Unintentional home injury is one of the leading causes of death among children, and in honor of Baby Safety Month, Home Helpers of Broward and Palm Beach is educating the local community on providing a safe environment for our children.
Home Helpers of Broward and Palm Beach is the nation’s leading care franchise specializing in non-medical and personal care and companionship for seniors, new mothers and those recovering from illness or injury. Home Helpers recognizes the importance of keeping children safe in the home by understanding their limitations and abilities and taking preventative action.
“Constant supervision is one of the most important safety precautions mothers and caretakers should take with children, but even that may not be enough,” said Mr. Silverberg, owner of Home Helpers of Broward and Palm Beach. “Identifying potential hazards in the home and taking preventative action will ensure that your child will be at a significantly lower risk of serious injury in a place where they should always be safe.”
Home Helpers of Broward and Palm Beach is educating the community on providing a safe environment for children by offering the following tips:
- Prevent Fire Injuries, Burns and Poisoning – Use childproof medicine bottles and keep all medications on a high shelf. All cleaning products should be stored above head height, out of reach. Sockets that are not in use should always be plugged, and electrical cords should be kept in good condition. Matches, lighters, candles and heat sources should be kept out of sight and out of reach.
- Prevent Choking, Suffocation and Strangulation – Get down on your hands and knees and patrol the home, checking for small objects and other hazards. Keep rooms free of items that can fit in a toilet paper tube. Any openings of more than 3 ½ inches in stair railings, balconies, and furniture should be eliminated. Use cordless window coverings, or cut cords short and tie them out of reach.
- Prevent Serious Falls – Install hardware-mounted gates at the top and bottom of stairways. Stationary play centers are a safer option than walkers with wheels. Hallways and stairways should be kept well-lit and free of clutter. Window guards or stops on windows to prevent them from opening more than 4 inches will avoid serious injuries due to falls.
- Always be Prepared for Emergencies – Learn first aid and CPR in case of an emergency. All emergency numbers should be placed by the phone, including the Poison Control Center’s number.
“Childproofing a home is an on-going process and safety means making changes in the environment as your child moves through each development stage,” said Mr. Silverberg. “Taking preventative action and setting up safe ways and places for your child to explore will ensure that he or she will be at less risk of serious injury.”
For more information about child proofing your home, contact Home Helpers of Broward and Palm Beach at (855)-457-8524 or visit http://www.inhomecarebocaratonfl.com
ABOUT HOME HELPERS
Founded in 1997, Cincinnati-based Home Helpers is the nation’s leading senior care franchise specializing in non-medical and personal care and companionship for seniors, new mothers, those recovering from illness or injury and individuals facing lifelong challenges. Home Helpers currently has a presence in more than 500 communities across North America and is seeking qualified franchise candidates in strategic communities throughout the country. Home Helpers was recently ranked the #1 Senior Care Franchise and “Best of the Best” by Entrepreneur magazine for the fifth straight year and continues to lead the way in the senior care industry. Home Helpers is affiliated with Direct Link® Help At The Touch Of A Button, a 24-hour personal emergency response system that enables seniors to feel safer and live independently at home for longer than might otherwise be possible. Home Helpers does not discriminate against anyone on the basis of religion, race, sex, color, national origin, ethnicity, disability, age or sexual preference in connection with employment or acceptance, treatment, or participation in its programs, services and activities. For more information on Home Helpers and franchising opportunities, visit the company’s Web site at http://www.HomeHelpers.CC.