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Hidden dangers in your home

TUSCOLA COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

Tuscola County Sheriff Lee Teschendorf recalls the accident that claimed the life of a three year old back in December.

"We got sent to a call at a home near Akron, where a dresser had fallen over on a toddler and he was asphyxiated before anyone found him," says Teschendorf.

The parents were too shaken to talk with us about the tragedy but the sheriff says the dresser tipped over on the child, after he decided to play on it.

A freak accident? Not exactly.

In reality, thousands of children are injured or killed every year because of a hidden home danger.

Something in the home that seems harmless but can have tragic and sometimes fatal results if a child decides to use it in the wrong way.

"It's something most people don't think about," says Teschendorf.

Parents, listen up. You have the power to catch the hidden dangers lurking around your house and your actions can keep your own kids safe.

"Some things are obvious to them but there are a lot of things that aren't," says Mark Saincome of D and M Toddler Safety.

D and M Toddler Safety is one of only three child-proofing companies in Michigan.

We consulted with the owners to learn how parents can prevent accidents from happening.

"They say a good thing to do is get on the floor, crawl around and see what you can see because when we're standing it's a total different model. We don't see what they see and what they can reach," says co-owner, Diane Saincome.

Mark and Diane say there are a lot of home dangers that are not obvious to parents, like chemicals that could be under the sink for example. Or long blind cords that a child could reach and strange themselves.  

To avoid a tragedy like the one that happened in Tuscola County, it's also a good idea to bolt furniture to the wall so a heavy dresser doesn't tip over on a child.

Though Mark and Diane warn it's always better safe than sorry when it comes to child-proofing your home, they say it's also important not to go over-board with worry.

"There's only so much you can do to protect your children and then after that you need to enjoy your children, not be afraid all the time," says Mark.

Some other tips to keep your children safe in your home:

  • Put a toilet lock in all the bathrooms so a child cannot fall in the toilet and drown
  • Put magnetic locks on your cupboards
  • Put rubber boarders on sharp corners of counters 

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