Parents Teach Grandparents Latest Safety Guidelines
Relatives' homes not always childproof, cautions Safe Kids Kansas
"People who are grandparents today grew up in a world without car seats, smoke alarms or bike helmets, but also fewer cars on the road and fewer fire hazards in the home. Parents of young children need to let their own parents know that important changes have been made in childcare," says Jan Stegelman, Safe Kids Kansas coordinator.
Accidental injury remains the number one killer of children ages 14 and under, but modern safety devices contributed to a 45-percent drop in accidental child deaths from 1987 to 2002.
A grandparent's home might not be "childproofed" with safety gates on the stairs, locks on the cabinets, a fence surrounding the pool and all potential poisons