As parents, we all naturally love and cherish our children. We think we know how to look out for their safety, but there are many pitfalls we might never consider. Do you know how to keep your kids safe in this complex modern world? Take our quiz to learn what you can do to keep your precious children safe and secure.
Children below the age of five are very susceptible to injury and death caused by preventable household accidents.
Children often take things at face value. If they see a food container, they will likely assume what's inside is edible.
Keep all poisonous materials as far out of reach as possible, even if that means you have to use a ladder to reach them.
The romance of hanging mistletoe in your home should take a back seat to the fact that mistletoe is poisonous.
Rhubarb might be a delicious addition to your strawberry pie, but the plant itself is poisonous and should be kept away from young children.
Your hot water should not be any higher than 120 degrees Fahrenheit (49C). Water above that temperature will scald the sensitive skin of young children.
There are some excellent child-proof latches on the market that are both affordable and easy to install.
Always turn the handles of pots and pans in use inward, so that your children can't grab them and accidentally scald themselves.
Many infants are attracted to shiny objects, and those same infants tend to put anything they find directly into their mouths. This means that jewelry is always a choking hazard, so keep your jewelry (fake or real) out of reach.
A cozy pillow might seem like a thoughtful item to give a sleeping infant, but the risk of asphyxiation is extremely high.
For both children and adults, the most dangerous room in the house is the bathroom. Between the myriad dangerous chemicals, a tub that can be filled with water, and the many slippery surfaces, the bathroom is a room in which children should never be allowed unsupervised.
Even if your children are old enough to bathe on their own, they might not always remember which knob turns on the hot water. Mark the hot-water knob to prevent young kids from scalding themselves.
Toddlers will often practice their new-found ability to walk with reckless abandon. Protect them from injury by affixing soft, round bumpers to the sharp corners of your furniture.
There are very few things more romantic than an evening by the fireplace. There are also very few things more dangerous for kids, so make sure your fireplace has both a barrier and a screen.
Smoke detectors have a limited range, so you should have at least one per floor.
Some fireplaces come with beautiful glass screens. The problem is that glass can reach extremely high temperatures, so stick with mesh while the children are young.
Any child with a medical condition should carry identification that includes the child's name, condition, the proper course of emergency treatment, and the name and number of the child's physician. A medical-alert bracelet works well.
It may be cliché, but the sooner your children learn never to talk to strangers, the sooner they will have learned one of life's most important safety lessons.
The impact injuries that can occur from falling off of a bicycle can be fatal. Children should always wear a helmet -- in fact, in many states it's the law.
No one but you should know when your child is home alone. Children should be taught never to reveal this fact, especially over the phone.