Raising children can be the most joyous time in our lives. We have a primal urge to keep them safe and happy. Some consumer products have been proven to increase the incidence of childhood injuries, and unfortunately, fatalities. As with anything in life, if due care is taken, risks of injuries can be reduced.

In order to help raise awareness and keep our children safe, we have compiled a list of products that require an increased level of caution.

1. Laundry detergent pods

If you suspect your child has ingested or been in contact with an open detergent pod, call poison control for advice.

2. Balloons and other small objects

If your child is choking, try giving them several firm blows to their upper back while they are in a forward position, call an ambulance, and then follow these steps.

3. Pet food

Again, if your child is choking, try giving them several firm blows to their upper back while they are in a forward position, call an ambulance, and then follow these steps.

4. Toys with propellers

With proper safety precautions, these can indeed be fun toys to play with. Follow these drone safety tips to minimize the risk of harm.

5. Trampolines

Follow these trampoline safety tips to help keep your children safe.

6. Toy chests

Fortunately, most modern toy chests have added safety elements to help prevent injury. Open boxes and play areas can be a safer alternative.

7. Certain houseplants

Call poison control or an ambulance if you think your child has ingested anything unusual.

8. Candy and costumes

Costumes are also a big part of Halloween and other special occasions, and kids of all ages love to dress up. Parents should keep in mind that there have been incidents of costumes catching fire due to the types of materials they’re made of.

With all this in mind, we only want Halloween and other activities to remain fun and family-oriented as they’re meant to be.

If your child requires emergency medical attention please call your local emergency telephone number.

What other dangerous or potentially hazardous things do you know of? Share them in the comments — let the rest of the world know what to be careful of!

Preview photo credit Images courtesy Hayley Canak

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