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Safety Tips

Here are some safety tips to keep your child safe:

  • Home Safety
    • General Tips
      • Don’t leave loose pillows, blankets, etc in crib due to suffocation risks
      • Cover all electrical plugs
    • Falls
      • Don’t put children on furniture unattended
      • Keep pathways clear
      • Put gates at top and bottom of stairs
      • Use window locks
    • Fire Safety
      • Check your smoke alarms once a month
      • Have a smoke alarm on each floor of the home
      • Change the batteries once a year
    • Poisoning
      • Keep harmful products locked up out of reach
      • Use safety latches on cabinets
      • Don’t call medicine candy
      • Keep these items out of reach:
        • Moth balls
        • Furniture polish
        • Cleaners
        • Weed killers
        • Insect/rat poisons
        • Paint thinners
        • Dishwasher detergent
        • Gasoline/kerosene
  • Child Passenger Safety
    • Always use an appropriate car seat for your child’s age and weight
    • Perform car seat checks to make sure they’re installed properly
    • Keep car seats rear-facing until the child is at least one year old and 20 pounds
    • Keep car seats forward-facing until the child reaches the maximum height and weight for the seat
    • Put the child in a booster seat from 4-8 years old
    • Have children under 12 ride in the back seat
  • Bicycle
    • Always wear a helmet
    • Walk bicycles across the street
    • Stop and look left, right and left again before crossing the road
  • Pedestrian
    • Always look left, right and left again before crossing the street
    • Walk, don’t run across the street
    • Cross at corners with crosswalks and traffic signals
    • Have children under 10 cross the street with an adult
    • Don’t play in streets
    • Walk facing oncoming drivers
  • Youth Sports
    • Make sure you always stretch
    • Wear correct equipment
    • Check equipment to make sure it’s functioning properly
    • Stay well hydrated
    • Don’t play while injured
  • Playground
    • Don’t roughhouse or push others while on jungle gyms, slides, swings, etc.
    • Use equipment correctly
    • Have adult supervision
    • Make sure shoes are tied
  • Firearm
    • Keep all firearms out of reach of children
    • Ammunition should be stored separately from firearms
    • Firearms should always be locked and left unloaded


For more important safety information, visit the Injury Free Coalition for Kids safety topics page.

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