Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV) September is Baby Safety Month and parents should be reminded of precautions they should take to keep their children safe.
Jamie Williamson from Sunshine Kids Childcare and Preschool says there are several effective ways to child proof your home.
Williamson says, "We use gates, just to prevent them from going into certain areas like a bathroom that would be hazardous to them."
Williamson also uses plugs in the outlets and makes sure children are supervised when playing with smaller toys.
Many items in your home also have built in safety features and instructions.
Dr. Amber Fort is the staff neonatologist at St. Luke's Magic Valley. She says, "Most infant equipment now comes with safety instructions, warnings and because of the vigilance of the various programs and regulatory bodies that are out there, any hint of safety issues on any of these products immediately leads to an effective recall effort."
Baby safety month is typically about products used to keep children safe. But with winter coming, parents should also remember to vaccinate their children.
Dr. Fort says many common illnesses spread because children and even some adults aren't always up to date on their vaccinations.
Pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough, is an illness many people overlook when vaccinating.
"Heading into a winter, of particular importance is the Pertussis vaccine, especially given the most recent outbreaks in many parts of the United States," says Fort.
Parents should also remember to keep their children home if they are sick to minimize the spread of infection.