Household Safety Related Articles & Blog Posts

  • childrens health problems

    Are Children’s Health Problems the new “Normal?”

    Childhood cancers like leukemia and brain cancer have gone up 20% in the last 40 years. Puberty is starting earlier than it did in the past. Learning disabilities and autism have grown exponentially in the last several decades, affecting one in eight children. Asthma rates in African American children had the most dramatic rise, nearly […]

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  • Safe and Healthy: An Important Neglected Childproofing Step

    Safe and Healthy: An Important Neglected Childproofing Step

    Whether your child is a baby learning to crawl across the floor, a toddler taking tentative steps of independence, or a confident older child, we pediatricians have recommended for years that parents lock up their cleaning products or keep them out of reach.

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  • Household Cleaners – Safety Under the Kitchen Sink

    Household Cleaners – Safety Under the Kitchen Sink

    In general, I recommend choosing cleaning products that don’t require any such labeling. If a cleanser is not good for you and at its most acceptable level requires caution, it is probably not good for others or for the environment either. Instead, as your household cleansers need replacement, switch to simple, green cleansers that are […]

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  • Teaching Your Children about Fire Safety

    Teaching Your Children about Fire Safety

    Burns and fires are the fourth leading cause of unintentional injury deaths. About 75% of the deaths occur in house fires, most of which are caused by cigarettes (followed by heating equipment – especially portable heaters).  Children and the elderly are the most likely to die.  Elevated blood alcohol levels are found in half of […]

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  • Poison!


    Your toddler has swallowed some berries from a plant in the park. Are they safe? What should you do? Poisoning is one of the leading causes of unintentional injuries in children.

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  • Household Poison Safety Reminder

    Household Poison Safety Reminder

    At the 1999 BabyFaire in Atlanta, I spoke with Dr. Gaylord Lopez, Director of the Georgia Poison Center. We spoke about the dangers of “look-alike” poisons in the home. He related the story of an unfortunate young child that wanted to sprinkle parmesan cheese on some pasta who instead sprinkled from a similar-appearing canister of […]

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