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Keeping Your Kids Safe While Working from Home

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With Pennsylvania schools closed through the end of the academic year, you and your kids may be feeling overwhelmed. It’s difficult to juggle the responsibilities of home, working remotely and managing your kids’ education, and it’s challenging to prioritize responsibilities.

Your kids may have more unstructured time at home now, and as we all know, kids are curious. It is one of the many ways they learn. To help keep potential injuries at bay, here are a few safety tips to keep in mind.

  1. Try to keep an eye on your kids while you are working. Set up a small area for them in your workspace and give them age-appropriate activities to do, such as blocks, coloring sheets, puzzles and games that will encourage them to problem-solve.
  2. Encourage your kids to sneeze or cough into their elbows instead of their hands, and use tissues for their noses.
  3. Take regular hand-washing breaks together. Wash your hands for as long as it takes to sing Happy Birthday, twice.
  4. Store household cleaning products safely. We are focused on cleaning areas more thoroughly right now. Be sure to keep cleaning products in a secure area where kids can’t access them. Little kids are often eye level with items on tables and under kitchen and bathroom sinks. Keep products in their original containers and out of sight.
  5. Keep the Poison Control Hotline number clearly posted as well as stored in your phone. It is 800-222-1222.
  6. Keep medicines out of reach and sight. Don’t leave medicines in your handbag, briefcase backpack or nightstand for easy access. Make sure medicines are stored in their original containers and have childproof caps.
  7. Keep toys and games separated by age. Many times, toys meant for older children will have smaller parts that may pose a choking hazard for smaller kids.
  8. Keep hot foods and drinks away from edges of counters and tables.
  9. Be conscientious of safety gates at the opening of steps, guards on windows, caps on unused receptacles and secure top-heavy furniture and televisions.
  10. Keep your car doors and trunk locked and key fobs out of sight.
  11. When you do have to go out, such as for groceries or to the pharmacy, be sure to walk all the way around your car to check for children. If possible, leave your children supervised, at home.

Most of all, take care of yourself and your family. Stay home, stay safe, and stay well. For additional safety tips go to HKQKids.org, find us on Facebook and Instagram.