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Are These Top Hidden Hazards in Your Home?

You install outlet covers when they're babies and buy snazzy helmets when they start riding bikes - safety precautions are just par for the parenting course. But you may not realize that some everyday, seemingly harmless household items are putting kids at serious risk.

So, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has pinpointed these "Top Five Hidden Home Hazards" to help prevent unnecessary injuries and even deaths:

1. Magnets are behind the death of a 20-month-old and 86 injuries, including at least 19 emergency surgeries, since 2005. Magnets (or a magnet and another metal object) can attract to each other internally when swallowed, causing serious, potentially fatal injuries like torn, twisted, or blocked bowels.

2. Recalled products hit a record high in 2006 with 467 dangerous items pulled from store's shelves. This year's huge recalls included 1.5 million Thomas & Friends toys in June, followed by two separate August recalls of nearly 10 million magnetic and/or potentially lead-paint-tainted playthings.

3. Tip-overs of furniture, TVs, and ranges caused more than 100 deaths from 2000 to 2005. And about 3,000 kids younger than 5 were treated in emergency rooms when TVs toppled over.

4. Windows and coverings can kill and seriously injure kids. Window drapes and blind cords fatally strangle about 12 kids each year. And an average of nine kids die and about 3,700 get hurt from window falls annually.

5. Pool and spa drains caused 15 injuries and two deaths from 2002 to 2004. Fun times can turn dangerous when a child becomes sealed against - or has hair pulled and tangled into - the powerful suction of the pool drain.
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