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  • Child and Behavioral Health, Taking Stock The Birth of a Grandson

    “The Birth of a Grandson”

    Last week we discussed Hearing Protection, and how important it is to bring home what you learn at work regarding safety.

    In 2010 the CDC (Center for Disease control) reported that there were 29.3 million emergency department visits for what they call “unintentional injuries” at home, we call them accidents. That’s a big number.

    The other day I witness the birth of a grandson. Well ok I didn’t really witness the event, they wouldn’t let me in. I was however taken up in the emotion of it all, a proud grandfather, and a very willing photographer. You just got to love these new digital cameras. I watched as my son, an even prouder new father, grinned from ear to ear, and my daughter in law gleamed like it was Christmas. Truth is, it was like Christmas, and a more blessed gift we could not have asked for.

    Of course all of this doesn’t come without responsibilities. They already have a 1 year old son as well. So Dad, it’s time for a site inspection, as I pray every day that our grandchildren don’t become a CDC statistic. Inspect the house for trip hazards, open stairways, electrical outlets, burn hazards, sharps, toys that are too small and become choking hazards, crib safety. Is your TV balanced properly, or anything else that has tendencies to tip? Children think these things are jungle gyms. This is just the beginning. Are your cleaning products secured and out of reach? What about medications? I don’t think that diaper changing falls under “Hazcom” but I’ve seen some that come close.

    For more information there are several websites to help keep your children safe, for example www.safekids.org. Don’t forget about your “child care provider”. Please don’t forget about “Fido” are the pets good with kids? Teaching your children to be safe is important, not just for their physical health, but, for emotional, and social health as well.

    In the Safety Industry, social health is Behavioral health. At both work and at home you develop a safety culture. You learn to look at, and look out, for the safety of others. You know and understand the concepts of safety, and you don’t keep them a secret. You share them, that others might do the same for the betterment of all. It’s about communicating, and that comes from the top. Get everybody involved, get them talking about it, even if you have to incentivize it. A “Snickers” Candy bar and a day with the grandkids will do it for me.

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