National Geographic : 1956 Oct
around one year... at these ages around two years... gWhat are the greatest hazards TODAY, ACCIDENTS are the greatest single hazard of early childhood. In fact, accidents in and about the home take the lives of about 3,000 chil dren yearly in the age group from one to four. Thousands more of our children are injured ... and many are permanently crippled . . . by accidents which might have been prevented. One way to help safeguard young children is to know something about what a child does at various stages of growth. Around age one, for example, they put practically everything in their mouths. This is why household cleansers, and small objects such as pins and buttons, should be put away. Age two is the time when the child explores and investigates everything around him. So, poten tially dangerous things-such as medicines, knives, matches and electrical equipment-should be kept where a child cannot reach them. The child of three may have a serious fall, es pecially when he climbs near windows, on furni ture, or goes up and down stairs. Windows should have guards on them. Screens need to be firm and securely fastened. Stairs should always be free of objects on which a child can trip. Four-year-old children are "runabouts." They should be taught to watch for cars in driveways and to ride their tricycles on the sidewalk. Children need regular health examinations for correcting defects of vision or hearing that could lead to mishaps. If repeated accidents occur, a special effort should be made to discover the cause. Children of school age also have many accidents. So, be sure to remind them of the importance of crossing streets properly, obeying traffic lights and equipping and riding their bicycles for safety. CHILD SAFET Metropolitan Life Insurance Company 1 Madison Ave., New York 10, N. Y. Please mail me a free copy of your booklet I A Formulafor Child Safety, 10-56 -N . Name Street City State around three years... around years ...