2009-09-12 13:51

CHILDSAFE, an advocacy group for child accident prevention, has these tips for parents:

)?Children under the age of eight should always be ­supervised when walking

)?Children should always be buckled up in motor vehicles

)?Cyclists should wear helmets at all times. Research shows that this reduces the risk of head injuries by 85%

)?Always supervise small children near water even if they can swim

)?Never leave small children alone in the bath and always empty nappy buckets or close firmly with a lid

)?Never handle small children and hot substances at the same time

)?Medication, paraffin and household cleaning materials should be stored away safely out of the reach of children as they pose a poisoning hazard

)?Babies should never be left alone on any high surface such as a changing table or bed

)?Teach children not to experiment with fire, matches or lighters – S’thembiso Hlongwane

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