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Avoid Toddlers Falling from Hotel Balconies By Childproofing Your Room

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

If you’re traveling with a baby or toddler and need to stay for a few nights at a hotel, always look into childproofing the room.

A 16-month-old girl, Jah-Nea Myles, fell from the fourth floor balcony of a hotel in Orlando yesterday before being caught by Helen Beard, a 44-year-old woman visiting from England.  Jah-Nea’s mother had left her in the care of friends who didn’t notice when the toddler left the room and then managed to slip through the balcony rails. 

MyFox Orlando reported hat Beard saw the child dangling from the balcony and ran to a location underneath the child before she fell.  The toddler struck the third floor balcony before being caught by Beard.  The child still slipped through Beard’s arms and landed on the ground, but didn’t suffer any injuries.  The local hospital determined the child to be in good health and the sheriff’s captain deemed Jah-Nea’s rescue to be miraculous.

When taking a trip with your child, Parents suggests calling the hotel beforehand to ask questions and determine if it’s kid-friendly location.  Ask about  renting a crib or stroller, the hotel’s crib safety requirements, and any available child-friendly activities, pools, and playgrounds. Most hotels also offer free childproofing kits or will childproof the room for you upon request.  Just make sure to ask.  Once you’re at the hotel, look for any possible dangers such as open balconies, stairs, and railings, uncovered outlets, sharp furniture, fragile objects, loose curtain or electrical cords, and unlocked cabinets. Above all, keep your child safe no matter where you stay.

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Red Cross Cabinet Locks Being Recalled

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

safety-latchRoughly 41,000 of The First Years American Red Cross cabinet swing locks are being recalled today after it was determined the latches fail to prevent access by children.  According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, via Consumer Ally, the faulty latches were sold at Toys R Us, Babies R Us and other retail stores nationwide, and on the Internet from September 2008 through September 2010, for about $4 per pair.

For detailed information on this recall, visit Mitch Lipka’s Consumer Ally post on walletpop.com.

Find more important recalls here at Parents.com.

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