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Common household injuries can be deadly for kids

You've nurtured your child to trust by keeping him or her out of harm's way. But when you leave your child with a new daycare, babysitter or friend's house, you may worry whether your adventurous little one is being looked after closely.

These common household injuries can happen in an instant to children if an adult isn't watching - and when they happen to children, they're twice as dangerous.

Falling furniture

In recent years, IKEA recalled millions of their popular MALM dresser after three children were killed after the furniture fell down on top of them. Today, MALM dressers come with a wall attachment that prevents the furniture from being tipped.

However, other types of heavy or dangerous objects could still cause severe injuries if tipped, such as televisions, lamps, vases or heavy ornaments. Completely safeguarding a home of these risks can be nearly impossible depending on a child's age. That's why it's important that someone is always around to watch your child closely.

Electric outlets

What may be a simple electric prick for adults can be deadly for young children - especially teething infants. Even children who know that electric outlets are dangerous may accidentally be shocked while searching for a socket in the dark.

Always make sure you or another adult has covered these and that children who are old enough to exercise caution do so.

Blind cords

For most people, the hanging cords of a blind are just annoying - but for children, they're a very dangerous hazard. Studies have found that each month a child dies after being tangled in cords from blinds and shades.

A new industry standard will prevent the sale of window blinds with accessible cords by the end of 2018. However, older homes without upgrades still pose a threat.

Getting help after an injury

If your child has suffered at the hands of a negligent party, talk to a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. An attorney can help you seek justice for your child's suffering.

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