September is National Baby Safety Month

September is National Baby Safety Month, so there’s no better time to go over baby safety guidelines and refresh your baby safety skills.  We’ve compiled a short list here, but remember that baby safety is a never-ending task.

  • Anything can be a choking hazard for babies.  Since babies spend a majority of time crawling around on the floor, it is important to pick up anything they could fit in their mouths.  Always supervise your baby when he or she is playing, learn CPR for infants, and keep cords and strings out of your child’s reach to avoid any risk of strangulation.
  • Avoid hazardous materials.  Keep dangerous chemicals out of children’s reach and make sure they are in child-resistant containers.  Always read labels on medicines before giving them to your children, and keep medicine out of reach in a child-resistant container.  Learn the number for the Poison Control Center and keep it in an easily-accessible area: 1-800-222-1222.
  • Did you know that babies can drown in as little as one inch of water?  Always keep toilet lids locked and do not let infants play in the bathroom.  Do not leave your baby alone when they are near or in water.  Always be aware of swimming pool safety and remember that pools take major responsibility and can increase your home insurance premiums.
  • There are many resources available to make your home baby-proof.  Check out Safe Kids USA’s Web site for home safety ideas.  

Remember to inform your insurance agent when you bring a new bundle of joy home.  It is important that your insurance agent knows of any life changes that could affect your policies, and a baby certainly is one of those changes.  With the help of one of our experienced agents, you’ll know that you and your family are protected.

-Sam

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