HOUSTON – Today, the Kohl’s Safe at Home program at Texas Children’s Hospital is in the community helping to educate local families about household hazards and safety tips.
During this interactive program, participants will review proper sleep safety for infants – including how to properly set up and take down portable crib systems and the dangers of parents sleeping in the same bed with their young child, as well as learn about common household safety hazards and how to rectify them.
Poison control centers receive approximately 2.5 million calls annually for human poison exposure cases. In fact, an estimated 71,000 children are seen in hospital emergency departments annually due to medication poisoning. In addition, drowning is the leading cause of death for children between the ages of 1 and 4 years. The Kohl’s Safe at Home Program at Texas Children’s aims to reduce the number of preventable injuries and deaths among infants and young children that occur in and around the home. Some of the common household hazards facing young children addressed by this program include:
Window safety: Window blind cords that are looped can be a strangulation hazard for young children. Parents will be shown how to use wind-up devices to keep these cords safely secured.
Low cabinets: Cleaning supplies stored under the sink can be fatal for young children. Parents are urged to either relocate these supplies, or employ the use of a cabinet latch to prevent children from accessing them.
Poison lookalikes: There are a number of household items – including vitamins, cleaning supplies, medications and beverages – that can mistakenly be confused with one another. Texas Children’s and Kohl’s advise parents to properly label all substances and put any dangerous ones out of the reach of young children.
Laundry room hazards: In addition to the dangers posed by hot and/or heavy equipment such as irons that may be stored here, the laundry room poses a number of other threats to children. Mop buckets that aren’t empty, front-load washers and dryers that children can easily climb into and ice chests that might be stored here can all be drowning and/or suffocation hazards. Be sure to close machines and doors, and ensure top-load machine lids are closed while pre-soaking.
Household fire hazards: Fires and/or burns can occur in any room of the house, not just rooms with open flames. Parents are taught how fires and burns can happen in the bathroom, bedroom and kitchen, and are given strategies to prevent and react to these hazards including the necessity of fire detectors, a family fire-escape plan and having “safety zones” around open flames.
To ensure the continued commitment to child safety in the Houston area, Kohl’s will also be presenting a check in the amount of $373,542 to Texas Children’s Center for Childhood Injury Prevention during this program. Since 2002, Kohl’s has donated more than $2.1 million to Texas Children’s through the Kohl’s Cares® program.
Kohl’s commitment to Texas Children’s is made possible through the Kohl’s Cares® cause merchandise program. Through this initiative, Kohl’s sells five dollar books and plush toys with 100 percent of net profit benefiting children’s health and education programs nationwide, including hospital partnerships like this one. To date, Kohl’s has raised more than $150 million through this merchandise program. In addition, Kohl’s Cares® features a scholarship program, which recognizes more than 2,100 young volunteers with a total of $410,000 in scholarships and prizes this year; the Associates in Action program, which encourages associate volunteerism and provided more than $10 million in grants to youth-focused nonprofit organizations last year alone; and fundraising gift cards for schools and youth-serving organizations. For more information, visit www.kohlscorporation.com.
About Texas Children’s Hospital
Texas Children’s Hospital is committed to a community of healthy children by providing the finest pediatric patient care, education and research. Renowned worldwide for its expertise and breakthrough developments in clinical care and research, Texas Children’s is ranked in the top 10 best children’s hospitals by U.S. News and World Report. Texas Children’s also operates the nation’s largest primary pediatric care network, with over 40 offices throughout the greater Houston community. Texas Children’s has embarked on a $1.5 billion expansion, Vision 2010, which includes a neurological research institute, a comprehensive obstetrics facility focusing on high risk births, and a community hospital in suburban West Houston. Get the latest Texas Children’s news on Twitter: www.twitter.com/texaschildrens.
About Kohl’s Department Stores
Based in Menomonee Falls, Wis., Kohl’s (NYSE: KSS) is a family-focused, value-oriented specialty department store offering moderately priced, exclusive and national brand apparel, shoes, accessories, beauty and home products in an exciting shopping environment. By the end of September, Kohl’s will operate 1,089 stores in 49 states with a commitment to environmental leadership. In support of the communities it serves, Kohl’s has raised more than $150 million for children’s initiatives nationwide through its Kohl’s Cares® cause merchandise program, which operates under Kohl’s Cares, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kohl’s Department Stores, Inc. For a list of store locations and information, or for the added convenience of shopping online, visit www.kohls.com.