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September is Baby Safety Month

BURLINGTON September is Baby Safety Month, and Safe Kids Vermont reminds parents and caregivers to plan ahead to make safe spaces for babies at home, at play and on the way. Safe Kids Vermont coordinator Susan Victory has the following safety tips for children ages 0-3: In the nursery: Remove pillows, soft bedding and toys from crib; put your baby back to sleep (face up) on a firm mattress. Keep cribs away from windows and furniture. Install guards on windows that you will open, and tie up cords on curtains and blinds. Install smoke alarms on every floor and outside all sleeping areas. Install safety gates at top and bottom of stairs. In the kitchen: Never leave a hot stove unattended. Keep hot liquids, poisons and electrical cords out of reach, and keep cleaning products and other poisons locked out of reach. Dont let children under age 3 eat small, round or hard foods such as hot dogs, grapes, hard candy, nuts or popcorn. In the bath: Mix hot and cold water together, and test the temperature before putting the baby in. Set your hot water heater to 120 degrees to help prevent scalding. Never leave a baby alone in the bath. On the playground: Actively supervise children on the playground be within arms reach. Avoid playgrounds with asphalt surfaces. Dont let children wear jewelry or drawstring clothes on the playground. Pools should be fenced on all four sides and have self-closing gates. In the car: Children under 13 should always ride in the back seat in proper restraints. Babies under 1 year old and 20 pounds must ride in a rear-facing car seat, reclined at a 45-degree angle. Always check the harness for proper fit. Baby Safety Month is an annual observance led by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association since 1991. The theme of this years program is Baby Safety A Partnership, a reminder that baby safety is a shared responsibility of product manufacturers, retailers, health care providers, child advocacy organizations, government agencies and the community at large as well as parents and caregivers. For more information, visit www.jpma.org. For more information about baby safety topics such as childproofing, scalding, playground safety, drowning prevention and child passenger safety, call 802-847-7055 or visit www.usa.safekids.org.

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