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COVID-19: Protecting Kids While at Home

During this time of disrupted schedules, caregivers are juggling responsibilities for work and children at the same time, presenting the potential for injury.

  • Steps to reduce risks

    Safe Kids Fayette County shares these steps parents and caregivers can take to help reduce these risks:

    • Keep hazards out of reach. Store household chemicals, hand sanitizers, medications, alcohol and cosmetic products up high – out of sight and out of reach.
    • Install safety products. All those child safety products you bought (cabinet locks, furniture anchors, TV straps) but never installed – now is a GREAT time to get those set up.
    • Follow the ABCs of safe sleep. Alone, on back, in crib to meet federal standards. No inclined sleepers or bumper pads.
    • Get out of the house. Ride a bike with a properly fitted helmet.
    • Practice home fire drills. Change smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector/alarm batteries.
    • Store firearms securely and out of reach.
    • Keep vehicles locked and keys/fobs out of reach.
    • Organize toys. Separate toys by age and keep a sharp eye on small game pieces and button batteries that may be a hazard.
    • Eliminate choking hazards. If it can fit in a toilet paper roll, it is too small for kids under age 3.
    • Purge old toys. Before selling or giving away, search recalls.gov for unsafe or recalled toys.
    • Keep windows out of reach. When opening windows, do not open more than 4 inches and move bed/crib 3 feet away.
    • Keep kids busy. Kids who are bored will start to explore. Supervision is of utmost importance.

    With COVID-19 creating challenges for our healthcare systems, it is more important than ever to keep safe and out of the hospital.