Child Safety Assessments
It is the nature of young children to explore the world around them, but their curiosity can lead to serious injury. The average home is not designed, constructed or furnished with the safety needs of a child in mind. Sadly, many parents are unaware of the potential dangers in their home until an injury occurs.
While it is unreasonable to expect that all childhood injuries can be prevented, I believes that far too many preventable injuries occur every day. That is why I became a member of the International Association for Child Safety and have developed a comprehensive Child Safety Inspection to address these concerns.
Young children are at particular risk for unintentional injuries because their mental ability to identify potential dangers and predict consequences of their actions develops more slowly than their physical ability to explore and interact with their surroundings. It is up to parents and caregivers to carefully supervise children and protect them from the dangerous hazards in their environments. Parents also need to realize that children learn by imitating adults and older children. Adults who "step over" baby gates are teaching children that the way to get through a gate is to climb over it as opposed to opening a child resistant lock. Along with supervision, parents can reduce the risk of home injury by using child-safety devices such as baby gates, cabinet latches and door locks. To be effective, they must be installed properly. Parents should also be aware that no device is completely childproof (or "foolproof").
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