March 11, 2010

Visit the Safety Central Store for Child Safety Tips

Kohl's Safety Central turns one this month. To celebrate, Safety Central will offer a free gift to anyone who visits the store on the 2nd floor of the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt inside the Junior League Family Resource Center during March.

Safety Central encompasses all of Children's Hospital's community outreach and education related to child safety, including the safety store, child passenger safety programs and Safe Kids Cumberland Valley. The cornerstone of Kohl's Safety Central is the hospital-based safety store, which opened March 9, 2009.

Unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death for children ages 1-14; nearly 4.5 million children nationwide are injured in their homes every year. You can help prevent many of these injuries by staying informed, supervising your child and learning how to use and maintain child safety products. Trained safety store educators are on hand at Safety Central to provide resources and education on the proper installation and use of home safety products.

Follow these tips to keep any 1-year-old safe:

• Use stationary play centers rather than moveable walkers
• Secure large pieces of furniture (bookshelves, dressers, TV stands, etc.) to the wall and avoid placing furniture near windows
• Keep your child in a rear-facing car seat as long as possible, until at least one year and 20 pounds, or until the child reaches the upper weight and height limits for their car seat
• Never leave a child unattended in a car, on the changing table or in the bath
• Watch your child carefully while they are eating and playing
• Keep small items (buttons, safety pins, etc) out of children's reach
• Cook with pots and pans on rear burners with the handles facing towards the back of the stove
• Set the water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit or below
• Do not call medicine "candy"
• Store all medicine, cleaning products or other poisonous materials in locked cabinets, out of reach of children
• Avoid toys with batteries or electrical plugs to help prevent burns

For more information, call 936-SAFE.