Child’s Safety - Two Years
A 2-year old runs, jumps and climbs anything within reach. There is a high risk of injury because the child knows no fear and does not understand the consequences of actions. Child requires supervision and guidance to reduce injury.
Outdoor Play Safety
- Watch and help child when playing on slides, swings, and seesaws.
- Playground surface should be soft, such as chipped rubber, wood chips, or sand.
- Don’t allow fighting or pushing among children.
- Equipment should be safe for age group, made of plastic or soft material, and in good repair.
- Stay with child when riding tricycle.
- Child must wear an approved well-fitting helmet.
- Keep alert for strangers or older children.
- Never allow your child to stand up in stroller, high chair, or shopping cart.
- Never leave alone on any high surface.
- Keep chairs, beds, and tables away from windows, even those with screens.
- Hold your child’s hand on stairs and escalators and teach your child to hold onto handrails.
- When child can climb out of the crib, change to a low small or youth bed.
Safety Measures if Child Falls
Call doctor, 911, or other emergency number if:
- Child has possible head, neck, or back injury.
- There is bleeding from any body area that can’t be stopped with slight pressure.
- Child has seizure – do not restrain or put anything in mouth, do rescue breathing if child stops breathing.
Call 911/Emergency Number when Child is:
- Unconscious (not responding).
- Choking (not responding to Heimlich/abdominal thrusts).
- Unable to breathe.
- Keep child away from ponds, ditches, rain barrels, pails.
- Do not allow running, pushing or dunking at pools.
- Do not use inflatable toys, floats, or arm bands to keep afloat
- Supervise at all times, keep within arm’s length.
- Remove toys from pool after use so the child won’t reach for them and fall in.
- Do not have siblings or other children watch child for you.
- Know CPR and how to rescue a child.
Fire and Burn Prevention
- Keep child away from heaters, fireplaces, hot stoves, and lit candles.
- Cook on back burners and turn pot handles inward.
- Do not leave lighters or matches in reach of children.
- Keep chemicals and cleaners locked and away from your child.
- Supervise child during family outdoor grill cooking.
- Maintain smoke alarms, fire extinguisher and fire escape plan.
- Stay with child when eating at the table or in a high chair – be prepared if child chokes.
- Help prevent choking by not giving child hotdogs, hard candy, olives, popcorn, carrots, grapes or nuts.
- Keep children away from plants and stoves.
- Know CPR and first aid – obtain a first aid kit.
- Make sure used cribs, safety seats, and playpens meet current safety standards.
Injury Prevention Service, OSDH, 1000 NE 10th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73117
Revised September 2012
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