Is Your Home the Biggest Threat to Your Kids’ Safety?

Is Your Home the Biggest Threat to Your Kids’ Safety?

All parents worry about the safety of their children. The park, daycare, even school – nowhere feels totally safe anymore!

In point of fact, children are more likely to be injured in their own home than anywhere else.

A few home safety hacks can make your children far safer from harm, and they’re neither expensive nor difficult to employ.

Which safety threats are lurking in your home?

Button Batteries

Button batteries, the small, circular-shaped batteries found in remotes and other small electronics, account for over 84% of battery-related emergency room visits. They’re easy to swallow and small children often stick them in their nose or ears, causing them to become lodged. Safely put away all equipment containing button batteries while your children are home, and never allow babies to play with the remote!

Caregivers

Unfortunately, non-related caregivers sometimes pose a physical and/or emotional to children. The best way to prevent people like this access to your child is to fully vet them before they’re allowed in your home unsupervised. Another defense mechanism is to place nanny cams in common areas of the house so you can keep tabs on your children at all times. Check state and local laws for specifics on in-home recording before you place an alarm clock camera, a teddy bear camera, or other hidden recorder in your home.

Poisoning

Every day, over 300 children are treated in US emergency rooms for accidental poisoning. Whether or not you have locked doors, be sure to hide prescription medications, household cleaners, and other potential threats high enough they’re hard to reach for children. Alcohol poisoning is a serious threat among slightly-older children, so using bottle locks on liquor bottles can prevent access.

Pools

Home pools are a lot of fun! They’re also very dangerous. Vigilance is required to keep kids away from both in-ground and above-ground pools unsupervised, a task that’s especially hard when there are multiple children to watch. Surrounding the pool with a gate and installing a gate alarm is a good start, and an in-ground pool alarm can provide added protection.

Are your children safe at home? If you’re concerned about it, you’re probably already one step ahead of the curve! Take some time to implement some simple child safety precautions around your house; you’ll have more peace of mind and your kids will thank you.

Children Today Have Hidden Dangers All Around

Children Today Have Hidden Dangers All Around

In our first story we did last year about accidents involving kids entitled ‘Are Your Kids Safe?’ we found out that according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission “A child dies every two weeks in this country from a tipover incident involving a TV, a piece of furniture, or a TV and a piece of furniture. Every 24 minutes a child is admitted to the emergency room because of a TV and/or a furniture tipover.”

We were actually very surprised by what we found in the first article so are going to make it a regular feature. In today’s episode we are bringing you more examples of how dangerous being a child can be. Read on to learn more.

Our first story comes to us from Ireland where according to a report approximately one in six 3-year-olds has had an accident or injury that required hospital treatment or admission to a hospital. According to the study, those most at risk were children in one parent households.

The report showed that the injury prevalence was higher for boys than girls. At present, according to the report, there is “no national policy on child injury prevention.”

This story from the pages of the Washington Post claims that 265 children under the age of 18 picked up a firearm and accidentally shot themselves or someone else in 2015. That averages five accidental shootings per week. Many of the shooters tended to be toddlers or young kids firing guns completely by accident or teens playing with guns recklessly. It is unclear whether these numbers are going up or down, the story says, because this is the first time these figures have been tallied.

Biometric Gun Safe - MicroVault XL
Biometric Gun Safe – MicroVault XL

Accidents with guns wouldn’t happen if parents were more responsible and put their firearms in a firearm safe. Any one of our 37 different Gun Safes will do the job of securing your firearm and keep it out of the reach of your children.

In the health section of a recent U.S. News & World Report Dr. Elaine Cox, the author of this article, is the medical director of infection prevention at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health in Indianapolis.

In her article Dr. Cox makes the claim that accidents involving cars are the leading cause of preventable injury and death for U.S. children. That is quite a statement! The article makes the point that it starts in the hospital parking lot when the newborn baby leaves hospital where infant car seats are improperly used – 73% of them. Then once the baby seat is in place, multiple hazards still exist. Car seats and boosters seats should be used in accordance with state laws. They should only be purchased new or from a personal contact. Car seats should be registered with the manufacturer so that recalls can be effective.

Children, of course, should never be left alone in the car. In 2015 at least 105 cars that had children in them were reported stolen and by now every parent knows about the risks of heatstroke and brain damage to children left alone in a car with the windows rolled up.

Please share with us your experiences with accidents involving your kids. Who knows maybe one of our readers can benefit from your incident!

Defenseless Children Are Dog Attack Victims

Defenseless Children Are Dog Attack Victims

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) Stats “The injury rate (from dog attacks) was highest for children aged 5–9 years and decreased with increasing age.”

The CDC goes on to say that an estimated 4.7 million dog bites occurred in the United States, and approximately 799,700 persons required medical care.

In all the time that we have been writing about dog attacks and dog bites, we have never focused on children as victims. Here we are changing that! Dog attacks and dog bites are especially dangerous for children because they are literally defenseless. Today we will share stories on this topic to help raise awareness.

Our first story comes to us from the province of Ontario in Canada where two people have been arrested in connection with a dog attack on a small child. According to the story, the attack occurred in the child’s home. The dog has since been put down.

This story comes to us from the Baltimore, Md. area where the local police chief has suspended dog adoptions at the local animal shelter because of a dog biting a child’s face that has left the community and the child’s family horrified. According to the story, the family told police that the boy was playing with the animal that was adopted by them earlier that day, when they heard a noise. When they entered the room they saw the dog biting the child’s face and head. That dog was taken into custody and euthanized later that day.

From the Duluth, Minnesota area comes this story about two different dog attacks. In the first incident a dog walking off leash attacked a 13-year-old boy. In a separate incident a family dog is confined to a shelter after the dog bit the child’s face while they were at home. While a dog may be considered a man’s best friend, it has instincts that are deep-rooted leaving even playful puppies to become aggressive. Dogs are territorial by nature and have the instincts to bite. The dog that attacked a small child and bit its face will have to be euthanized.

In the Chesapeake Bay area in Virginia two dogs attacked a little girl who was celebrating her seventh birthday. The little girl was outside playing when the dogs attacked and bit her in the neck. The bite was so severe that the little girl had to be airlifted to a local hospital.

Dogs should not be allowed to run off leash in neighborhoods or trails because they could be perceived as a threat to an innocent passerby. And never, ever leave a dog, even your family pet, alone in a room with a small child.

Sabre Protector
Sabre Protector

This Sabre Dog Spray is especially formulated to be highly effective yet humane. It has a built-in belt clip for convenient nearby access and the safety flip-top prevents accidental discharge. The 1.8 ounce size contains. 67% Major Capsaicinoids which is the strongest percentage allowed in the US for dog sprays. It can spray up to 15 feet.

Share with us any stories that you have about dog attacks or dog bites on small children. Your story may help another reader prevent an attack.

Are Your Kids Safe?

Are Your Kids Safe?

In an effort to raise parents awareness about the leading causes of childhood injury in United States and how they can be prevented the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has launched a program called Protect the Ones You Love. As parents know most childhood injuries can be prevented.

With that in mind they released these facts.

“Injuries are the leading cause of death in children ages 19 and younger.
Each year, nearly 9 million children aged 0 to 19 years are seen in emergency departments for injuries, and more than 9,000 children die as a result of being injured.

Injury treatment is the leading cause of medical spending for children. The estimated annual cost of unintentional child injuries in the United States is nearly $11.5 billion.”

The CDC tells us that there are more than 200,000 children ages 14 and younger in playground-related injuries 45% of them involving severe–fractures, internal injuries, concussions, dislocations, and amputations. “In 1995, playground-related injuries among children ages 14 and younger cost an estimated $1.2 billion (Office of Technology Assessment 1995).”

According to this CDC Fact Sheet every day, about ten people die from unintentional drowning. Of those two are children aged 14 or younger Children ages 1 to 4 have the highest drowning rates.

Pool Protector In Ground Pool Alarm
Pool Protector In Ground Pool Alarm

If you have a pool in your backyard you should have our Pool Protector Alarm shown here that automatically sounds an alarm when children or pets fall into an unsupervised pool. The electronic sensor in the pool triggers a loud alarm to the receiver located inside your house as much as 300 feet away.

According to this story done by the popular Today show on NBC toppling TV sets cause an increasing number of severe injuries to children specifically neck and head injuries. The accident happens when a curious child climbs up on a piece of furniture that holds a TV. With the heaviest TVs falling a meter onto a small kids’s head is equivalent to the child falling 10 stories,” says Toronto study author Dr. Michael Cusimano.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission “A child dies every two weeks in this country from a tipover incident involving a TV, a piece of furniture, or a TV and a piece of furniture. Every 24 minutes a child is admitted to the emergency room because of a TV and/or a furniture tipover.”

In Cleveland, Ohio comes another story about the dangers of large TV sets. The story references a study of U.S. hospitals that reported 42,000 TV toppling injuries between 1998 and 2007. The story notes that especially with today’s larger, thinner TVs they are more susceptible to cause accidents when not mounted properly. The same story suggests that adults not put toys or bright objects near the TV that may encourage climbing. And of course make sure that the TV is securely mounted.

The potential for accidents with children is just about everywhere.

This story from Salt Lake City, Utah draws your attention to accidents with kids walking to and from school. The story points out that children, especially younger children, are especially vulnerable at the beginning of the school year. Problems of depth and speed perception lead to an astounding number of accidents in parking lots-even school parking lots.

And at this time of year, the beginning of the school year, children are more vulnerable to being hit by a car due to budget cutbacks which have reduced bussing schedules, meaning more children have to walk to school. In this story coming to us from Akron, Ohio tens of thousands of children are forced to walk 2 miles or more has become commonplace. Almost every school district in Ohio has imposed some level of busing restriction or eliminated altogether due to budget shortfalls. There is not only the potential danger from automobile accidents with our youngsters, but potential dangers caused by ice and snow on sidewalks.

Potential mandated remedies are in the works. Meanwhile parents are asked to buy their children bright clothing or attach fluorescent tape for drivers to see. Our Safety Blinkers are highly visible child safety LED lights that come in six colors and can be seen from a half-mile away. They are waterproof and weatherproof and easily clips onto belt loops, bags, keys, or on a necklace.

Share your secrets with us on how you keep your children safe both in and out of the home

Catching And Fighting Child Abuse

When we did a story on the best way to Detect And Prove Child Abuse close to two years ago we noted that child abuse is usually easy to detect-especially physical abuse, but you may need a covert spy camera to document and prove the abuse.

In nearly 80% of all cases the perpetrators of child abuse or neglect are the children’s own parents.

“According to the National Child Abuse and Data Neglect System (NCANDS), approximately 12 out of every 1000 children up to age 18 were found to be victims of mistreatment.

Over half of all reports of suspected child mistreatment came from what are called “mandated reporters” such as law enforcement agencies, healthcare professionals and so on.

Nearly 63% of all cases fall under the category of child neglect, which can have a wide variety of subcategories and causes. Another almost 17% suffer from physical abuse.”

In our more recent story about how a wall clock can solve the difficult crimes of child abuse and elder abuse we noted that:

“During fiscal year 2012 an estimated 3.4 million referrals involving 6.3 million children were made to child protective service agencies.

Child abuse is another category of crime that is very difficult to prove because many of the victims are too young to verbalize what happened to them.”

It is sad to say that next to domestic violence and sexual assaults on a college campus, the most underreported crime is abuse of a child.

Today we will share with you some examples of how hidden cameras caught child abuse and brought it to light.

In an incident that took place in Israel a hidden camera caught a nanny beating twin babies of the parents she was working for. The parents became suspicious and installed a hidden camera to see what was going on. The parents noted signs of abuse on their twins and only discovered through the hidden camera that the nanny was in fact abusing their twin daughters. The nanny can be seen shaking, hitting and pulling on the arms of the infants. Anyone who is suspicious of alleged child abuse should install a hidden camera to get the facts.

In Australia, a physician pediatrician was brought to tears when he saw hidden camera footage of an immigration center. The hidden camera was installed after reports of child abuse and sexual misconduct of the staff were reported. People who are seeking asylum in the country shouldn’t be treated this way. The operators of the detention center told officials that they are investigating allegations of abuse and the staff is trained to report abuse.

In Sarasota, Florida comes news of a former radio host who met Subway pitchman Jared Fogle while she was making an appearance in 2007. She commented that Fogle had made inappropriate remarks about young girls that caught her attention. In a shocking story, Fogle has agreed to plead guilty to allegations that he paid for sex with girls as young as 16. He has also agreed to pay each of them-12 in total-one hundred thousand dollars each, but he could still face years in prison. The radio personality agreed to work undercover for the FBI and recorded her conversations with Fogle using a hidden camera.

wall clock spy camera
wall clock spy camera

We have close to 300 Covert Spy Cameras that may be helpful in documenting cases of child abuse.

What is your experience with child abuse? Do you know of any first-hand accounts of child abuse? Are hidden cameras the best way to detect child abuse?

Tools To Help Keep Your Kids Safe

Tools To Help Keep Your Kids Safe

In the latest 2010 U.S. Census data revealed that of all the close to 80 million families in the United States 55% of them had no children which means that 45% of all families did have children-that is close to 35 million families. In today’s article we are going to discuss various tools for you to help keep your children safe.

If there is any doubt in your mind about why you may need some help, all you need to do is look at the Center for Disease Control (CDC) statistics on Child Safety Data that shows that 12,000 children up to age 19 die from unintentional injuries every year and 9.2 million of them are treated in emergency rooms for nonfatal injuries.

“Unintentional injuries—such as those caused by burns, drowning, falls, poisoning and road traffic—are the leading cause of morbidity and mortality among children in the United States.”

Transportation related injuries were the leading cause of death for children, mostly when they were occupants of motor vehicles, but a substantial number of pedestrian and cycling deaths also occurred.

According to these Government Statistics drowning is the number one cause of death in children up to four years old with an average of close to 400 deaths annually. That is why any homeowner who has a pool and children should seriously consider getting our very effective Pool Alarm that sounds an alarm when entry in the pool is detected. When that happens a loud alarm inside the home sounds. The receiver which is inside the home can communicate up to 300 feet away to the sensor that is in the pool. It is battery-operated and operates wirelessly.

And for any parent who has ever temporarily “lost” a small child outdoors in a playground or indoors in a store there is no greater sense of panic.

Our Giggle Bug child safety alarm, as seen above, sounds an 85 dB siren even if your child is as much is 100 feet away. The alarm attaches to the parent’s key ring and the Giggle Bug attaches to the child’s clothing. Press a button and the alarm sounds making it easy to locate your child.

Another handy device is this 85 dB bathtub water level alert alarm that attaches to the side of the bathtub with a suction cup. The alarm sounds when water comes in contact with the device. It can help prevent accidental overflows in a tub or worse, an accidental drowning.

In our article ‘Child Abuse And How To Detect It’ we describe how common child abuse is and how difficult it is to detect.

Talking Dog Hidden Camera
Talking Dog Hidden Camera
One of the best ways to detect it is with our motion activated talking Toy Dog Hidden Camera with a 30 hour battery life that only records and is activated when there’s motion in front of the lens. It has a 72° viewing angle which is enough to cover any room. No one would be suspicious of the cuddly little talking dog that can lull baby to sleep. But inside is a pinhole camera and DVR to record any malicious activity.

And for older kids who love to ride their bikes, walked and play outdoors or parents who walk a dog at night our multicolored Child Safety Blinkers can be seen from a half mile away. They are battery-operated and can clip to belt loops or worn around the neck. They are both waterproof and weatherproof.

Have you ever used a child safety device such as these? Please share your experience. We want to hear from you!

Neighborhood Watch Police Safety Tips

Neighborhood Watch Police Safety Tips

Every year through the neighborhood watch program literally hundreds of safety tips are passed from the Police Department to members of the neighborhood watch program for the community at large. Here are just some of those safety tips from the last year or so.

Safety When Walking

When possible, always go with a buddy.
Choose well lit busy streets and avoid shortcuts.
Carry a confident, purposeful look when you walk-body language is very important.
Carry a self-defense weapon with you especially at night, such as a tactical flashlight stun gun and a personal alarm.
If you are carrying a purse, secure it under your arm so it cannot be easily snatched.

If A Stranger Is At Your Door

  • Never indicate that you are home alone.
  • Never open your door to a stranger-use your peep hole.
  • Always verify a person’s identity even if it is a policeman, utility worker or handyman before letting him in your house by having them slide their identification card under the door.
  • If a parcel is delivered, always ask that it be left outside the door.
  • Do not fall victim to the scam of someone asking to use your telephone for an emergency to gain entry to your house. Make the phone call for them or call 911.

Telephone Calls

  • Do not give your telephone number to anybody. If a “wrong number” always ask “what number are you calling?”
  • If you received a threatening, harassing or obscene telephone call, notify your local police department and the phone company.
  • Check references of any person seeking personal information for a survey, credit check or subscription drive.

Safety At Home

  • Make sure that you have all your doors and windows locked even when you’re at home.
  • Remove or trim shrubbery that hides lower-level doors and windows so neighbors can see someone attempting a break-in.
  • A dog with a loud bark is often the best defense against home burglary.
  • Install quality deadbolts on all doors.
  • Connect outside lights to a timing device motion detector or light-sensitive switch so some lights switch on automatically during hours of darkness.

Parking Tips

  • After a particularly rough winter with spring and warm temperatures around the corner many people flock to parks, recreation areas and trails for some outdoor activity. This is the time of year when car break-ins are at their highest.
  • Leave your valuables at home.
  • Never leave anything in view inside your car. A gym bag may hold valuables.
  • If you put anything in your trunk while parking, do so before you get to your destination. Thieves sometimes watch citizens from afar.
  • Do not keep spare keys in your car.
  • Remember to remove your insurance card and registration from your car. You have to have it with you when you drive, but it should be in your wallet not left in your car. Carry a personal alarm and self-defense product with you such as a pepper spray.
  • When you go for a hike, carry a cellular phone with you.

Follow these police safety tips from the Neighborhood Watch program and you will be way ahead of the game when it comes to home security and personal safety.

The popular Diablo flashlight Flashlight Stun Gun is 4.5 million volts with a 160 lumen light and is perfect to carry in your car as a self-defense product.

If you don’t want a dog in your house, the Barking Dog Alarm makes sounds of an angry barking dog when the protected area is violated by an intruder. It is one of the most popular home security motion sensitive alarms in the country.

Most Used Child Safety Products-The Top Three

Most Used Child Safety Products-The Top Three

In this article we are going to take a look at the top three most used and most popular child safety products. Child safety is an important issue for any parent. Parents know how much trouble children can get into unwittingly. These products will help keep them safe even if you’re not there.

The first one is a highly visible product for child safety. It is a FlashingLED Light that has five LEDs that can be seen from up to 2500 feet away-nearly one half mile. It has six separate flashing patterns and can be worn using the adjustable elastic arm strap, belt clip or with an easy bike mount. Countless children get hit by cars because they cannot be seen at night. This product will help keep them safe. It needs two AA batteries which are not included.

Any parent will tell you there is nothing more temporarily frightening than a child wandering off in a store or park. This Child Guard alerts you right away if your child wanders off. It can be used indoors or outdoors and has an adjustable dial that can be set to between six and 30 feet away to alert you. The panda shaped toy hides a powerful transmitter that sends the signal to the receiver which is worn by the adult. It is a simple and easy to use compact wireless design. It uses lithium batteries which are included with the product.

The Child Safety Blinker comes in six assorted vibrant colors. The LED light can be seen from a half mile away and is completely waterproof and weatherproof. It uses a simple pushbutton for on/off operation. The blinker easily clips to bags, keys, belt loops or worn around the neck. This product was originally designed for use as a pet safety device for owners walking their pets at night or for just pets by themselves. It is excellent for that use, but it also is a great child safety product.

Those are the top three most used and most popular child safety products. These items for child safety and the others that we have help you protect your children even when you cannot be around.

We also offer bulletproof backpacks, a swimming pool alarm, and liquor bottle locks and just about any other device that you can think of to keep your children out of harm’s way.

Child Abuse And How To Detect It

Child Abuse And How To Detect It

We have written many articles about elder abuse, which is very hard to document and prove and is one of the most underreported crimes in the country. Only sexual assault on college campuses and in the military are more underreported. In those situations more than one out of three crimes never gets reported for a variety of issues which we will not go into here.

But close behind those categories of crimes is child abuse, which as one agency said the “number of reports likely under represents the number of children who actually suffer from abuse or neglect.” It has been estimated that almost 3 times as many children are maltreated as are reported to child protective service agencies around the country.

Part of the problem in collecting accurate data is that several national and state agencies define, collect and analyze different data using varying methods causing the statistics to fluctuate all over the place. According to the National Child Abuse and Data Neglect System (NCANDS), approximately 12 out of every 1000 children up to age 18 were found to be victims of mistreatment.

Over half of all reports of suspected child mistreatment came from what are called “mandated reporters” such as law enforcement agencies, healthcare professionals and so on.

Nearly 63% of all cases fall under the category of child neglect, which can have a wide variety of subcategories and causes. Another almost 17% suffer from physical abuse.

There are so many contributing factors to child abuse that it may be difficult to even list them all. Parental substance abuse is high on the list with nearly 70% of all cases involving substance abuse. Economic conditions also play a role. If there isn’t enough money in the family to pay for food, the children usually suffer the worst.

Nearly half of all children who were maltreated were Caucasian, 23% were African-American, and 17% Hispanic but that was nearly a decade ago. Because of changes in demographics in the country those statistics likely have changed.

One of the major reasons that children enter foster care is abuse and neglect associated with parental alcohol or drug abuse, according to the United States Department of Health and Human Services.

Child abuse is usually easy to detect, but in some cases, for example, where a nanny may be involved or a visiting relative a Bear Spy Camera may be needed to document the abuse or neglect.

Another excellent tool to use is the Wall Clock Spy Camera that can be viewed from anywhere you can get an Internet connection. That is the perfect tool to use for busy parents who have babysitters or nannies.

In nearly 80% of all cases the perpetrators of child abuse or neglect are the children’s own parents.

We have over 100 Covert Spy Cameras that may be helpful in documenting cases of child abuse.