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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Home Safety (Overview)

Home safety is a topic that includes recommendations for how to make the home environment safe for kids. This topic includes ideas on childproofing cabinets, fencing off pools, keeping dangerous items locked up, ensuring balconies and stairs are safe, covering wiring and outlets, etc...


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What are some tips to help older people avoid getting hurt at their home due to poor home safety?

What are some tips to help older people avoid getting hurt at their home due to poor home safety?

Make home safe: First thing is to get help and see how to make your home more safe. Exercise can really help with balance and tai chi has been proven many times to help improve balance in older people which leads to reduced injuries. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
29 doctors shared insights

Home Safety (Overview)

Home safety is a topic that includes recommendations for how to make the home environment safe for kids. This topic includes ideas on childproofing cabinets, fencing off pools, keeping dangerous items locked up, ensuring balconies and stairs are safe, covering wiring and outlets, etc...


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Have you seen any older people hurt at their home due to lack of home safety precautions by their children?

Have you seen any older people hurt at their home due to lack of home safety precautions by their children?

No: That question has a tone of concern that children are to blame for not doing home safety precautions....People are clever whether they are 2 years, 20, or 80+. Unless one is a rubber room with no furniture, there are ways to get hurt. Doing the best you can to provide a safe environment is important . Do not ignore signs that older parents are having balance or cognitive issues and be proactive. ...Read more

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What should be in a home medical safety kit for a disabled person?

What should be in a home medical safety kit for a disabled person?

Varies a lot: Each type of disability has its own special needs. A caretaker will want to have spare equipment parts, extra medications, extra food and water, and a cell phone as well as a land-line phone to call for help. A land-line phone gives the 911 operator the caller's address, but a cell phone does not. Emergency battery back-up, emergency oxygen, or a gas-powered generator is recommended in some cases. ...Read more

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Why don't more doctors suppost home birth when the safety records shows it is just as safe but cheaper than hospitals?

Why don't more doctors suppost home birth when the safety records shows it is just as safe but cheaper than hospitals?

Home birth: What records? Where are you getting your facts? Every birth has the potential to have complications. Maybe only a small percent, but would you want that child to be yours? Could you live with yourself, if you knew that delivering at a hospital would have saved your baby's life. There are just too many variables, to be prepared for them all. ...Read more

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What are some safety precautions I should take for my two week child at home?

What are some safety precautions I should take for my two week child at home?

Accident prevention: I find that anticipation works best.Think of you baby's abilities 4 mos from now and take precautions. At 2wks guard against falling, smothering, choking, and being too rough in shaking.Make sure they sleep on their back! consider pet safety. Don't smoke.Lock your weapons properly now. ...Read more

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What are some safety precautions I should take for my 18-24 month old child at home?

What are some safety precautions I should take for my 18-24 month old child at home?

Be cautious: As babies learn to walk, they will grab anything to hold on, including electrical cords attached to coffee pots. Babies fall often at this stage and furniture with sharp edges or stonework may be dangerous. Burns and drowning are possible hazards at this age as baby explores the house. Avoid small toys or toys with small pieces that may break off and become lodged in the throat or lungs. ...Read more

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What are some safety precautions I should take for my nine to twelve month old child at home?

What are some safety precautions I should take for my nine to twelve month old child at home?

Safety: Way too much for 400 letters! Try: http://www.babycenter.com/0_childproofing-around-the-house_460.bc. Safety and health concerns should also be discussed at your well child visits. ...Read more

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What are some safety precautions I should take for my twelve to fifteen month old child at home?

What are some safety precautions I should take for my twelve to fifteen month old child at home?

Be cautious: As babies learn to walk, they will grab anything to hold on, including electrical cords attached to coffee pots. Babies fall often at this stage and furniture with sharp edges or stonework may be dangerous. They seek out water and are at risk of drowning in buckets, toilets or tubs. Some have wondered out of the house into the street at this age. ...Read more

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What are some safety precautions I should take for my fifteen to eighteen month old child at home?

What are some safety precautions I should take for my fifteen to eighteen month old child at home?

Couple suggestions: As babies learn to walk, they will grab anything to hold on, including electrical cords attached to coffee pots. Babies fall often at this stage and furniture with sharp edges or stonework may be dangerous. Burns and drowning are possible hazards at this age as baby explores the house. Avoid small toys or toys with small pieces that may break off and become lodged in the throat or lungs. ...Read more

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What happens to children if safety precautions are not taken inside the home? How many deaths happen a year?

What happens to children if safety precautions are not taken inside the home?  How many deaths happen a year?

Which precautions?: There are numerous home safety precautions that can be taken. From pool safety to covering outlets to corner pads. Each of these has a different "return". Some, like padding corners on a table, do not prevent death. Others, like putting four walls and self-locking gates around a pool, save hundreds if not thousands of preventable deaths a year. ...Read more

Dr. Cornelia Franz
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Safety (Definition)

Safety is a topic that includes recommendations for making the home and outdoor environments safe, especially for kids. This topic includes ideas on childproofing cabinets, keeping dangerous items locked up, ensuring balconies and stairs are safe, covering wiring and outlets, fencing off pools, staying away from cars, watching ...Read more