Potential hazards to children

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  1. Star: Boy, five, chokes to death on curtain tie-back
  2. Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center:Safety House

ALOR SETAR: A young boy choked to death after he was caught in a curtain tie-back at his house in Seberang Jalan Putera here.

Five-year-old Tan Yin Sheng (pic) was in the hall of the house at Taman Timah, playing and going through some new kindergarten books with his grandmother Cheah Siew Eng at about 9.30pm on Tuesday.

Cheah, 71, left the boy alone for a few moments to answer the phone.

When she returned to the hall, she was shocked to see the boy entangled in the curtain tie-back, which was about a metre above the floor and attached to a hook on the wall.

“He was in a jovial and playful mood,” sobbed Cheah.

“I was stunned to see him entangled in the curtain. I quickly untied the tieback around his neck. However, he was already motionless and breathless.”

Cheah then screamed for help and the boy’s mother Ooi Huey Fen, 37, who was in the kitchen at that time, ran out to try and revive him but failed.

With the help of neighbours, the two women rushed Yin Sheng to a private clinic but the boy was pronounced dead on arrival. The child’s body was then taken to the Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital mortuary for a post-mortem.

 Tragic play: A mournful Cheah (right) holding a relative’s child while one of her relatives inspects the curtain tie-back (circled) which was entangled around the neck of her grandson Yin Sheng at their home in Taman Timah, Alor Setar on Tuesday night.

Police have classified the case as sudden death.

Kota Setar OCPD ACP Adzaman Jan said they did not suspect foul play.

Yin Sheng was cremated at the Chinese Gengsui Cemetery at Pokok Sena here, yesterday afternoon.

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Guide to Preventing Household Injuries and Accidental Poisonings

Safety House

In the Safety House_

  1. you will learn about the potential hazards waiting to harm your children.
  2. You will also learn what to do to prevent these accidents from happening. There is nothing more precious than a child.
  3. It is our hope that the safety house will provide the guidance and the resources necessary to prevent unintentional injury.
  4. We invite you to come in, have fun and learn.

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Injury is the leading cause of death and disability among children and young adults age 14 and under.

Not wearing bicycle helmets, improper use of electrical appliances by adults, young children playing with fire and unintentional poisonings are just a few of the hazards waiting to hurt children in the place where they should be the safest — their homes.

The causes and consequences of injuries vary considerably by age and developmental level, reflecting differences in the child’s ability to learn and understand about what is around them. Their ability to move around their environment also changes what should be considered “safe.”

Read also:How to prevent Sports Injuries

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center designed the Safety House is designed to assist parents, grandparents, and young children in recognizing the hazards that can occur within the home. The majority of poisonings and other unintentional injuries could have been prevented by following a few simple steps to make the child’s surrounding safe for them at each level of development.

In the Safety House you will learn about the potential hazards waiting to harm your children. You will also learn what to do to prevent these accidents from happening. There is nothing more precious than a child. It is our hope that the safety house will provide the guidance and the resources necessary to prevent unintentional injury. We invite you to come in, have fun and learn.

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Overview

In the Safety House you will learn about the potential hazards waiting to harm your children. You will also learn what to do to prevent these accidents from happening. There is nothing more precious than a child. It is our hope that the safety house will provide the guidance and the resources necessary to prevent unintentional injury. We invite you to come in, have fun and learn.

Hazards are organized within five categories:

  1. Injury Prevention
  2. Carbon Monozide
  3. Fire Hazards
  4. Poisons
  5. Lead Poison

Injury Prevention

The following are injury hazards and precautions that should be taken note of around your home to keep it as safe as possible for children and everyone.

Basement

Bathroom

Child’s Bedroom

Dining Room

Garage

Hallway

Kitchen

Laundry Room

Living Room

Master Bedroom

Purse

Under the Sink

Fire Hazards and Safety Precautions

Safety House

The following are fire hazards and precautions that should be taken note of around your home to keep it as safe as possible for children and everyone.

Basement

Bathroom

Child’s Bedroom

Dining Room

Garage

Hallway

Kitchen

Laundry Room

Living Room

Master Bedroom

Keeping Purses Safe for Small Hands

 

The following are hazards and precautions that should be taken note of in purses to keep your home as safe as possible for children and everyone.

Injury Prevention

Fire Hazards

Poison Hazards

Household Safety Items

Keeping your house safe and child-friendly means having a number of safety items on hand. Below are a number of items and tips recommended by the Trauma Services and the Drug and Poison Information Center at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center of Cincinnati:

Bicycle helmet
Injuries received while riding a bicycle resulted in 1,020 visits to the Children’s Hospital Medical Center of Cincinnati Emergency Department during 2000. 84% of the head injuries were not wearing a helmet at the time of their bike accident. Bike helmets save lives.
  Bike helmets
Blind cord re-winder
Strangulation can occur among children when blind cords become wrapped around their necks. Blind cord re-winders are an easy way to keep blind cords out of children’s reach.
  Blind cord rewinder
Car seat
A child safety seat prevents your child from being thrown about or out of the vehicle.
  Carseat
High shelves for poisonous products
It is important to keep poisonous products out of the reach of children so they are not played with or ingested.
  Keep poisonous household items on high shelves.
Emergency phone numbers
Emergency phone numbers need to be in plain site and easy reach so they can be quickly found by kids or the people caring for them.
 
Fire extinguisher
It is important to make sure that everyone in your household is instructed in the proper use of a fire extinguisher. This knowledge can prevent fires and save lives.
  Fire extinguisher
Keep buckets turned upside-down to prevent drownings
Do not leave buckets of water unattended. When you are not using a bucket, keep it turned upside-down so that no water remains inside that could result in a drowning.
  Keep buckets stored upside down
Outlet coversKeep electrical outlets covered to prevent accidental shocks.   Cover unused electrical outlets
Sliding cabinet latches
Cabinet latches are an important defense to keeping children away from poisonous substance such as cleaning solutions, as well as medications which could harm them.
  Latch cabinets to keep children away from medicines and poisous cleaning substances.
Smoke alarms
Smoke Detector’s play an essential role in keeping home safe in the case of fires.
  Smoke Alarm
Stair gates
Stair gates ensure small ones don’t have access to steep stairways they could fall down and get hurt.
   
Thermometer
It is important to have a thermometer handy to prevent scald burns that could occur if children drank or bathed in too hot water.
   
Toilet seat lid lock
These locks ensure toilet seat lids are firmly down and that kids cant play or get hurt in the toilet water.
  Toilet lid seat lock
Window locks
An open window can be disaster waiting to happen when small children are involved. Window locks can help prevent such falls.

 

 

World Wide Web sites

  • American Association of Poison Control Centers
    The American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) is a nationwide organization of poison centers and interested individuals.
  • National Safe Kids Campaign”
    The National SAFE KIDS Campaign is the first and only national organization dedicated solely to the prevention of unintentional childhood injury — the number one killer of children ages 14 and under.
  • 4 R Kids Sake
    4 R Kids Sake is an national organization that strives in making sure that children do not die due to preventable injuries.

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