Once you become a parent, it can seem like danger lurks around every corner. And when it comes to your home, that’s literally true. For toddlers just learning to walk or curious preschoolers, your home can be a brave new world full of the thrill of victory or the agony of defeat. While many parents are haunted by the specter of stranger danger, it’s actually accidents within the home that carry the largest risk for young children. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) reports that each year, 9.2 million children visit the ER with unintentional injuries1. For those ages one to four, the greatest percentage of injuries were sustained from falls, ingesting poisonous substances, burns, and being struck by objects. The vast majority of these incidents take place in the familiar terrain of a child’s own home. Accidents both at home and away are the leading cause of death in children and teenagers.
Kimberlee Mitchell, a former journalist and Child Safety Media Expert dubbed by People.com as the “child proofer to the stars,” is passionate about offering practical solutions and education aimed at lowering unintentional child injuries. In a recent exclusive interview for SafeWise, she shared her insight about the impact of child safety.