Why Child Proof?
When children first begin to crawl their curiosity about the world around them triples as they explore any and everything. Infants are totally dependent and preschool age children develop motor skills, but they have poor impulse control and judgment.
Children don’t have the strength, coordination nor maturity to avoid injury and their curiosity is a powerful force. As a result, they enter one of the most dangerous times of their lives when they are at the highest risk for injury.
Annually, unintentional injuries in the home cause 9,000 child fatalities and 120,000 children are permanently disabled. 70% of those children are under the age of four.
If a disease were killing our children at the rate reflected in these statistics, we would be outraged and would demand a cure. Yet, injuries are occurring like a major health epidemic.
Most injuries are recoverable and are not fatalities, but you must ask yourself, just what condition are children in if they are permanently disabled? Some children fall and injure their neck or back and become paralyzed. Some have physical problems from ingesting a poison or nearly drowning?
Some parents and care givers may think child proofing is unnecessary. After all, they are adults looking after an infant or preschooler. Just how much trouble can a baby be anyway? Not surprisingly, it’s not the baby causing the problem, but the adults who don’t think through their actions and end up causing injury to a child.
Finally, the thought occurs to the adults to take steps to protect a child. Child Proof Advice is committed to preventing these accidents and to helping all child caregivers learn from our online training the necessary safety precautions.
There is absolutely no greater devastation than losing a child and certainly that devastation is compounded when the loss is due to an unintentional accident.
Your question is not “will a child find hazards in a home” but when……