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Child Safety Tips Around Store Displays and Escalators

With the holidays fast approaching, if you have kids you’ll likely be bringing them along to finish up last-minute gift shopping and getting groceries for the festivities. There are many dangers present in retail stores that you’ll need to keep in mind. Take precautions to avoid accidents and other unforeseen events.

Store Displays

Even small displays pose safety dangers, and towering displays are a whole other issue. Kids love to grab things. Smaller children can fall into displays, causing the items to topple down on top of them or others. Some displays are made of glass, which can cause serious injury if they are knocked over and break.

Children in carts can easily reach the items on display. Turning your back for only a moment could allow your child to grab toxic chemicals such as perfumes, cleaning supplies, or even household poisons.

When shopping with your children, keep a close eye on them and do not allow them to play around the floor or counter displays to prevent injury.

Escalators

Approximately 2,000 children are injured on escalators each and every year. Most of the injuries are related to falls, while others are the result of the child’s hands, feet, or clothing getting trapped in the moving parts of the escalator.

Entrapment and fall injuries can be minor… or they can cause life-altering damage, including amputation.

To keep your kids safe on and around escalators, be sure to hold one of their hands. This will allow you to guide them on and off the escalator while ensuring their fingers do not get stuck in the gaps and preventing them from falling. Children should always stand facing forward and not be allowed to roughhouse on the escalator.

If you have a stroller, your safest means to get from one floor to the next is an elevator. Only two wheels can fit on an escalator, and if someone in front or behind you bumps you, you could easily lose control of the stroller. If you must take the escalator, have someone help you pick up the stroller and hold it while you ride.

Last but not least, before getting on an escalator, check your child’s clothing. Ensure that their shoelaces are tied and make sure they are not dragging any clothing items. Loose clothing, such as scarves and coats can easily get caught up in the escalator.

If your child becomes trapped, get to the nearest emergency stop button (normally located at the top or bottom of the escalator) or yell for someone to push it if you are not near.

Grace Wells

Grace Wells grew up in the kind of town where no one locked their doors and parents felt safe letting their kids wander. Things have changed a lot since then. As a mother today, Grace has to worry about so much more than skinned knees and hurt feelings.

Grace believes the best way to keep kids safe is to stay informed. She hopes that her work at Kids Safety 101 makes a difference in children’s lives so that they can grow up as carefree as she did.

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