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How to keep your child safe

| Sunday, June 16, 2013, 7:23 p.m.
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You may be the big, strong papa bear, but no matter how hard you try, you cannot protect your kids from everything.

If you're a new dad, navigating child safety, apparel and toys, and pet interaction can feel overwhelming. Jonathan Pfeiffer's new book, “Dude, You're a Dad!” (Adams Media, $13.95), focuses on what men can do to be prepared. Some tips:

• Thoroughly babyproof your home. Plug the electrical outlets, remove anything breakable and potentially harmful from your child's reach, pad sharp edges in the house, like a fireplace.

• Prepare for emergencies. Keep a first-aid kit handy at home and in your car. Keep a laminated list of important phone numbers elsewhere, say, in your wallet and in your filing cabinet. This will ensure you have access to them even if your cellphone becomes disabled or broken.

• Enroll in a child CPR class, and enroll anyone, such as a grandparent, who may spend time alone with your child. Make sure you and other caregivers know how to apply the Heimlich to an infant. You don't want to be caught unprepared.

• Study your state's rules and regulations concerning children's safety seats. Have your installation checked out at a licensed facility. You can locate the closest one by logging on to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (www.nhtsa.gov).

• Try to stick to age-appropriate toys for your child. Some of the age recommendations are there for your child's safety.

• Your child will require supervision during interaction with household pets. This is especially important early on, as pets react differently to new playmates.

— Emma Deihle, Trib Total Media

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