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5 Home Safety Threats You Might Overlook
You're a careful parent who steers children away from things that could harm them. But hidden threats lurk in every house—sometimes where you least expect them. For safety's sake, look through your home often. Keep an eye out for not-so-obvious hazards. Here are five of them:
Scalding tap water
It is common for a home's water heater to be set above 120 degrees, and this can cause a scald burn to a child in seconds. Scalding hot tap water causes 3,800 injuries and more than 30 deaths a year. A lot of victims are young kids.
Solution: Set your hot water heater to no higher than 120 °F (48.8°C). and check the temperature of your tap water to ensure it is safe.
Each year, thousands of young kids are badly injured—and some die—when large TVs and heavy furniture tip over on them. Often, the victims were climbing it, or pulling themselves up on it, or falling against unstable furniture..
Solution: Double-check the stability of large furniture. Anchor stoves, bookcases, shelves, or bureaus to the wall. Get rid of items that may tempt kids to climb.
Hundreds of children have strangled to death after getting tangled up in cords or chains on window blinds. Window coverings sold before 2001 pose the most danger.
Solution: Secure the cords of older window coverings so children can't reach them or replace them with safer, cordless blinds. Move cribs, beds, and other furniture away from windows. Use only cordless window coverings in children's sleep and play areas.
Poorly stored chemicals
Since the year 2000, the number of poisoning deaths has doubled among children. Many poisons are found in the garage, kitchen or bathroom. They include pesticides, automotive products, weed killers, and household cleaning and disinfectant products. .
Solution: Store harmful chemicals in their original, labeled containers—safely out of reach. Consider locked cabinets for storage. Never leave chemicals unattended when you are using them.
Backyard trampolines send tens of thousands of people younger than 20 to doctors and emergency rooms each year. Injuries range from sprains, broken bones, and cuts to neck and spinal cord injuries, paralysis, and even death.
Solution: Avoid use of home trampolines. In gym classes or competitive sports, use a trampoline only with strict adult guidance and supervision.
Whether it's a fall from the monkey bars or a blazing fever in the middle of the night, emergency medicine is always available at Broward Health Coral Springs.
Our ER for Kids is equipped for children's emergencies with highly specialized pediatricians and pediatric nurses 24 hours a day. Broward Health Coral Springs is dedicated to children offering:
Kids will be kids
"We fell off the stairs and got a boo boo. They gave us stitches on our chins and made the bleed all better."
- Emma and Sophie Adams
Our ER for Kids provides expedient, quality care for children up to 18 years of age. The unit provides a private setting for children and their families, shielding them from the fast pace and drama of the emergency department.
About our Staff
The Broward Health Coral Springs ER for Kids is staffed by board-certified emergency medicine physicians, registered nurses, and a team of multidisciplinary specialists. They are prepared to care for your family's emergencies no matter when they occur.
The unit is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, staffed with a pediatrician and pediatric nurses. A full complement of medical and surgical consultative services is available.
For more information or a referral to a pediatric specialist, call the Broward Health Line at 954-759-7400.