Did you know, every year, more than seven hundred thousand kids take a serious fall sometime in their childhood? Today, we're showing one mom how to make her home a safer place.
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Rhiannon Ally: Did you know every year more than 700,000 kids take a serious fall? Today, we're showing one mom how to make her home a safer place. Michelle: My name is Michelle. I have a five-year-old son, very energetic, loves to ride and play all over the home as does my seven-year-old nephew and two-year-old niece, both also very energetic, and override our house a lot. I am hoping to learn how to keep my home safe and keep the kids from falling. Matthew Garretts: My name is Matthew Garretts. I teach injury prevention and child safety. I'm going to be working with Michelle, teaching her how to keep her house a safe place for children. Michelle, like all parents, should be aware of fall hazards that could send their kids flying down the stairs or worse out the window. So since kids like to explore and they are developing physically and they tend to blur the lines between reality and play, it's important to keep the house safe. I think Michelle will see that with just some easy pointers, preventing falls is easy. I have got some great tips to show you, and I think the stairs are a good place to start. Because stairs are a common place where children fall, it's important to get the right kind of gate and to properly install it. I'm going to show you how to install an easy wall mounted gate. You just screw-in the brackets and then you're able to put the gate off. Michelle: That does look pretty easy. Matthew Garretts: You just lift up here and it locks in. So it's important for parents to know that they need to wall mount their gates both at the top and bottom of the stairs. Michelle: Now, why at the bottom of the stairs? Matthew Garretts: It's a good question. One of the reasons why you have the gate at the bottom of stairs is to prevent young children from climbing up the stairs, and fall back down. It's also important to remember to have the gate come out towards you, the reason being is that children could easily push the gate forward and fall down the stairs, especially at the top. It's always important for parents to supervise their children around the gates, and especially with older children to teach the older children how to properly use the gate and to close the gate after they have gone through. It's also key that parents make sure stairs aren't cluttered. So what do you think you could do to make the stairs safer for your guests? Male Speaker: Clean them. Matthew Garretts: Alright! That sounds good. The stairs are very common place for children to fall and so it's also a common place where things collapse. So it's always a good idea to keep the stairs clear of anything that a child could fall on. So here, what do you think the trouble spot is? Male Speaker: It's also important to remember to move furniture, beds, tables away from the window so that they can't climb up to the window. Michelle: I am thinking that it might be this furniture here right in front of the window. Matthew Garretts: Absolutely. Well, parents are often surprised that it's important to put window locks on your first story windows as well. Children are top-heavy, and it's easy for them even from a short distance to fall head first which can cause a serious head injury. Male Speaker: So when you have windows that open from the bottom like this there is two things that you can do; you can use a window lock which keeps it from opening more than four inches, so children can't fall out or you can use a window guard and they are easy to use. It looks like this, and it expands, and fits, and guards the window like that. With window guards, it's important to remember that they are easy to install and they're also easy to take off in case of a fire and you need to use that window to exit. So the last thing I can say is to teach your kids about windows safety, not to play around the window and to keep themselves safe. Michelle: Okay. So kids, do you think that's some pretty good advice? Male Speaker: Yeah. Michelle: The things I learned from Matthew tod