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Protecting Your Children From the Biggest Dangers They Face

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By Aimee Burnett

Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV) November is Child Safety Protection Month.

The goal is to raise awareness about potential dangers children face every day and to educate parents in the hopes of preventing future dangers.

Accidents are the leading cause of death among children and adolescents.

In 2009, 9,000 died as a result of unintentional injuries.

"I think one of the most important things to remember is you always want to be supervising your child," said Shelley Bonnes, St. Luke’s Magic Valley.

The Centers for Disease Control report drowning is one of the leading causes of death for American children ages one to four.

"We don't realize that children can drown in less than an inch of water," said Bonnes.

The holiday season is an exciting time for kids, but it's also often filled with new potential dangers between traveling, decorations, new toys and visiting homes that may not be childproof.

"Making sure that poinsettia plant isn't sitting around because children love to eat things and poinsettia is poisonous," said Bonnes.

Christmas lights and candles create the potential for fires this time of year. So, when you spring forward or fall back it's the perfect time to replace the batteries in carbon monoxide and smoke detector.

"We encourage people to look at their home and go through with their children what their plan would be if there was a fire," said Bonnes.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends a child's car seat remains rear facing until they're 2–years old.

"It gives their head, neck and spine that extra protection," said Bonnes.

Children should also never be seated in front of an airbag.
For more information on child–proofing your home visit Safe Kids Magic Valley in Twin Falls.

Or, to take a Childbirth and Parenting Class contact the Learning Services Department at St. Luke’s Magic Valley.


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