A few weeks ago we all heard about the horrifying death of Exodus Tyson, Mike Tyson’s four year old daughter. Exodus was found dangling from a looped cord attached to a treadmill in her family’s home. She was rushed to the hospital and spent the rest of her brief life in critical condition and on life support.
Kids are naturally curious, and it is important to always keep a watchful eye on them. Unfortunately, even when closely supervised it only takes a few seconds for a child to get into a lot of trouble.
Even if you feel your house is completely childproofed, please take a few minutes to review our list of potential strangulation hazards you may not have thought about.
- Make sure the slats on your baby’s crib are more than 2 3/8 inch apart.
- Remove mobiles from cribs when baby can push up on hands and knees.
- Don’t allow babies or children to sleep with bibs, necklaces, or any other items around their necks.
- Make sure that rails on bunk beds or toddlers beds fit closely against the bed from so your child’s head cannot slip through.
- Take ribbons, cords, or strings off of toys before giving them to kids to play, and never attach a pacifier or other item to your baby with a string.
- Remove all drawstrings from jackets, sweatpants, or other clothing that babies or young children wear. Most of these are probably items that were recalled just for that reason, but check to be sure.
- Store children’s belts, scarves, tights, necklaces and similar items out of kids’ reach. Since much of the time kids spend in their bedrooms is, by nature, unsupervised, these items shouldn’t be left in a bedroom drawer where children can play with them.
- Be sure any dress up clothes that could pose a strangulation hazard are played with only under direct supervision.
- Don’t allow kids to play on playground equipment or bicycles wearing things like long necklaces, purses, backpacks or scarves that can get caught in equipment.
- Supervise kids playing with balloons carefully. They may be tempted to wrap the string around their necks.
- Gather up and secure any loose cords, cables, wires, ropes, netting or similar items. This includes swing sets, too. Don’t leave anything dangling.
- Make sure there are no loose strings hanging from mini blinds or other window coverings
Get on your hands and knees if you have to, so you can see the world like your child does. If it looks like something that might attract your child and could be dangerous, you need to do something about it.