For Immediate Release:  September 18, 2018
Contact: Rita D. Lewis, Communications Director: , 202-256-7154

Councilmember Robert White Introduces the Babies Safe at Home Act of 2018 to Reduce Risk of Infant and Toddler Injuries

Washington, DC –  Today, At-Large Councilmember Robert White, along with Councilmembers Mary Cheh, Kenyan McDuffie, Anita Bonds, Brianne Nadeau, Charles Allen, and Trayon White, introduced the Babies Safe at Home Act of 2018 . This bill establishes a grant program providing up to $1,000 for low-income families to assist in baby-proofing their homes.
Nationally, more than 12,000 children die each year and more than 9.2 million children are treated in emergency rooms for accidents. More than a third of child injuries and deaths happen at home. The cost associated with baby-proofing can be substantial and often a burden for low-income families, leaving low-income children more than twice as likely to experience accidental deaths than other children. The Babies Safe at Home Act will provide low-income families with financial assistance to purchase products and services to keep their babies safe while at home.

Councilmember White stated, “As the father of a two-year-old daughter, I understand how it feels to worry constantly about my child’s safety and how difficult and expensive it is to baby-proof a home.” White added that, “The worst kind of infant and toddler injuries are the ones we can prevent.”