Child Proofing Revisited
The world of child proofing has widened measurably.
From the moment our children enter the world we want to protect them. God graced us with this beautiful embodiment of his love and our desire to protect that gift begins.
For many years, "child proofing" consisted of covering outlets with little plastic plugs and installing latches on cabinets to prevent curious children from dangerous explorations.
Stair cases were protected with baby gates, preventing terrible tumbles.
Those measures are still important but the world of baby proofing has widened measurably.
The United States Consumer Protection Agency (USCPA) also lists door knob covers and locks as important tools to protect children from entering dangerous areas.
Many of us have seen the cute ducks over bath faucets to try and prevent scalding.
Window guards and safety netting are not items that would come to mind initially when considering child safety but their capacity to save lives can't be disputed.
Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors help keep the entire family safe.
Injuries from sharp coffee table edge can be prevented from using corner guards.
The USCPA web page lists very specific instructions for how to deal with blind cords.
With the advent of over-size televisions comes a need for awareness of the dangers of tip overs onto curious children.
More and more people are installing pools, spas and hot tubs. The USCPA recommends layers of defense against what could be lethal explorations by children.
In discussing childhood dangers, we need to look beyond our homes to our transportation.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) lists auto crashes as the leading cause of death for children between the ages of 3-14.
One surprising finding is that bulky coats can be a real impediment to safe operation of a car seat.
The blogging world has even embraced child safety; we need to inform ourselves, do what we can and then keep on praying!
Listed below are some helpful links:
The United States Consumer Protection Agency (pdf)
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
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Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for December 2013
General Intention: Victimized Children. That children who are victims of abandonment or violence may find the love and protection they need.
Missionary Intention: Prepare the Savior's Coming. That Christians, enlightened by the Word incarnate, may prepare humanity for the Savior's coming.
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