GENESEO, N.Y., SEPTEMBER 23, 2022 – September is Baby Safety Month, a month dedicated to making sure that babies and their families have safe, high-quality products in an effort to prevent injuries and potentially fatal situations.
Founded in 1983 by the Juvenile Products Manufactures Association (JPMA), Baby Safety Month occurs every September and offers a great chance for parents and retailers to review baby-proof safety standards and tips.
In the home. Childproofing your home is very important, especially when there are infants in the home. Parents should examine every room for potential hazards.
- All stairways should be blocked by a baby gate both at the top and bottom of the stairs.
- Doors that lead to the outside or down steps should be locked.
- Windows are especially dangerous when left open because babies can fall through, even if there is a screen. If it is necessary for windows to be opened, open them from the top rather than the bottom.
- To avoid burns, use the back burners of the stove with pot handles facing inward when cooking. Additionally, test bath water temperatures before placing an infant in it.
In the car. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, using child safety seats reduces the risk of death in a car crash by up to 82% for infants.
- Make sure you have installed the proper type of child safety seat based on its compatibility with your vehicle and your child’s height and weight. Weight and height guidelines can be found on the child safety seat and in the seat’s instruction manual.
- The directions for child safety seats are not always clear, but there are local resources than can help! To be sure that your seat is installed properly, you can contact the Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Traffic Safety Program at 585-991-5420 or 585-335-1752 to locate a seat inspection station near you. Community health staff can also assist with car seat safety and can be reached at 585- 243-7299.
For information on Home Safe Home: For Little Kids, which offers up to $600 of free baby safety items through Cornell Cooperative Extension and Livingston County Department of Health's Community Health Worker Program (PICHC), please call 243-7299 or visit Livingston County’s official website.
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About Livingston County:
Founded in 1821, Livingston County, N.Y., is comprised of more than 61,000 residents in 17 towns located across 631 square miles of the Finger Lakes region.