Kids are going to fall, crash, slip, explore. It’s part of being a kid. But we can protect them from serious injuries.
Most people are surprised to learn that preventable injuries – things like car crashes, drownings, fires and falls – are the leading cause of death to kids in the United States. Around the world a million children die each year from preventable injuries.
We can change this.
A Child Safety Checklist
Learn how to use your child's car seat the right way. Learn car seat safety and how to get a free inspection.
Teach your children to ride their bikes on the right-hand side of the road, with traffic, and to use appropriate hand signals.
Make sure your child has a helmet, and take the helmet safety fit test to check that it fits properly.
Teach children to look left, right and left again before crossing the street. Then remind them to continue looking until safely across.
Talk to your teen about buckling up every ride, every time, every car, every driver.
Make sure your young athlete has a water bottle to bring to practices and games. For every 20 minutes of play, a young athlete should drink about 10 gulps of water.
Learn the signs and symptoms of a concussion and encourage athletes to speak up if they get hurt.
Check that playgrounds where your children play have shock-absorbing surfaces. Rubber, synthetic turf, sand, pea gravel, wood chips or mulch are the safest options. Also look for hazards, such as rusted or broken equipment. Alert the school or the parks and recreation department if a playground is unsafe.
Set your water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit to avoid scalds.
Make sure you have both a working smoke alarm and a carbon monoxide alarm on every level of your home, and in all sleeping areas. Test the alarms to make sure they work.
Put all medicine and vitamins up and away and out of sight, even medicine you take every day.
Create and practice a home escape plan with your family. It is important to know two ways out of every room.
Save the toll-free Poison Help Number in your phone: 1-800-222-1222. This free, 24-hour hotline can help with everything from simple questions to serious emergencies.
Learn CPR. It may help save a child's life in an emergency.
Teach your children about swimming safety. Every child is different, so enroll children in swimming lessons when you feel they are ready.