Mall Safety: 5 Strategies to Keep Kids Safe

Store Displays

Seems like only towering displays, the kind you'd find in warehouse-type stores, would be a threat. But even relatively small displays in malls can be dangerous, as Jennifer Keller, of Mesa, Arizona, learned when she and a friend were shopping for sunglasses. It turned out that the tables of sunglasses were really just wide hollow columns topped with a piece of heavy glass. "My friend's son leaned on one and it flipped," she says. "The glass landed on his foot and he screamed bloody murder." Luckily, he wasn't seriously injured.

Safety strategies:

  • Play it safe -- don't let your child poke around displays and platforms. "Not all stores secure their mannequins and displays," says Denise Dowd, M.D., chief of injury prevention at Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics, in Kansas City, Missouri. "That means they can easily topple over."
  • Discourage exploration. Your child may think that crawling underneath a display or clothing rack is tons of fun, but she could accidentally pull the whole thing down on top of her. Don't let her reach for anything on a table above her sight line either -- she might knock over heavy objects or cause the table to tip over.

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