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Active Toddler

Walking babies can do so much, but they know so little about protecting themselves from danger. Young children can be quick and quiet, so you'll need to be especially alert as your baby becomes a toddler.

Toy chests can be particularly hazardous unless they have a lid that opens in any position so tiny necks are not caught by a slamming lid, thereby creating a strangulation hazard. Also, check that the lid doesn't shut tight trapping a child inside.

Do not allow a child to play with balloons or plastic bags. Knives and scissors should be locked securely away. Drawer latches and cabinet locks can keep dangers out of reach. Keep window cords out of reach of cribs and other furniture children climb on; children like to put their necks through loops. Cut open the loop on yourwindow and blind cords and add a tassel at the end of each cord. Keep the cords out of reach.

Toys

Choose toys that are safe for your child. The age guidelines printed on packages are there for safety reasons and do not refer to a child's ability to play with a toy. Watch for sharp edges and small pieces on any toy - they can come off and a small child could swallow them. Children can be very hard on toys, so check toys regularly to be sure no small pieces could break off easily.

Outdoor Safety

Teach your child where it is safe to play in the yard, but never leave him unsupervised. Check the grounds for poisonous plants and other hazards. And just in case an emergency occurs, know CPR and first aid.

Fence in outdoor play areas, especially if you have a pool of any kind or a hot tub. Always keep the pool gate locked, as well as any doors that access your pool from inside the house. Locks should be placed out of the reach of children. Consider putting alarms on doors leading directly to the pool area. Teach children to enter water feet first to determine the depth (never dive in without knowing the water's depth). Children should wear flotation devices, such as life preservers or life vests when around water, but remember, flotation devices are not a substitute for adult supervision. Remove all water from pails and buckets to prevent drowning.

Apply sunscreen, even on cloudy days, several times during the day. Plan outdoor activities for early moming and late aftemoon, when the sun's rays are not as strong, and encourage children to play in shady areas. Dress children in protective clothing whenever possible, including hats with brims and sunglasses. Keep infants in covered caniages and strollers.

Light colored clothing makes children less attractive to insects, including mosquitoes. Use insect repellent that contains 10%-17% DEET on infants and older children to repel mosquitoes and ticks.

Bath/Kitchen Hazards

ln the bathroom, unplug and coil the cords of hair dryers, curling irons, electric shavers, and other bathroom appliances when they're not in use. Store appliances out of sight so they don't end up in the tub with your young bather. Use toilet lid locks to safeguard your curious toddler.

In the kitchen, turn pan handles toward the back of the stove when you're cooking and use back burners when possible. Keep hot pans out of reach. Do not leave a child alone in the kitchen when food is cooking.