Home Safety for Kids
Although we usually feel safe at home, there are many things in our houses that can be dangerous. Some of these things can cause a fire, poisoning, injuries, or other types of damage to our belongings or ourselves. It is very important to learn about these dangers and know how to be safe in every part of our homes. Read on to learn more about protecting yourself from harm!
The kitchen is probably the most dangerous room in our homes. Can you think why? There are many electrical machines and heat sources. This means that it is very easy to start a fire in the kitchen. In this room, we also find many sharp objects, like knives. If we are not careful, we can get badly hurt by these items. The best way to stay safe in the kitchen is to keep some distance away from dangerous machines and sharp objects. Always ask an adult to help you in the kitchen if you want to cook.
- Being Safe in the Kitchen
- Kitchen Safety for Children on Their Own
- Explore the World of Food Safety
- Knife Safety Top 10 Tips for Kids
- Kitchen Safety
- Food Safety Coloring Book (PDF)
- Bad Bug Book
We need to be careful in the bathroom because it may contain chemical products. Remember that you must never eat or swallow any of these. The only products that can go in your mouth are toothpaste and mouthwash, and you must spit it out after using them. If there are other cleaning products or medicines in the bathroom, don’t touch them. We should also be careful with water in the bathroom. Always clean up any spills, so that someone doesn’t fall. In the bathtub, ask a parent or older sibling to stick around. Never try and hold your breath underwater in the bathtub.
- Cleanliness and Safety Rules
- Poison Prevention Coloring Book (PDF)
- Bathtub Water Safety (PDF)
- Find the Germs
Family Room and Bedrooms
We usually spend a large amount of time in our bedrooms and the family room. These areas usually have many wires and electrical outlets. When you see these things, never touch them or you could get an electric shock. Try not to run around or lean out of windows to prevent accidental falls.
- Top 10 Rules for Electric Safety
- Internet Safety for Kids
- Electrical Safety Activities Kit (PDF)
- Keeping Toy Time Safe (PDF)
- Window Safety Activity Book (PDF)
Basement and Laundry Room
The basement and laundry room can be quite dangerous for kids. The laundry machines are very large and kids should be careful to stay far away from them. Never try to crawl or hide inside a laundry machine, or press any of the buttons. If you see cleaning products in these rooms, leave them alone. You can tell when a product is dangerous because it will have a hazardous substance symbol on it.
- Spike’s Poison Prevention Adventure Video
- Stay Safe: An Education Guide to Hazard Symbols (PDF)
- What is a Toxic Substance?
When you want to go to the garage, ask mom or dad to accompany you. This is important because kids should not be around cars all alone. The garage usually also contains large machines like lawnmowers and snow blowers, or dangerous things like paint cans and chemical products. Don’t touch any of these and keep younger siblings away from them too.
- Otto Club
- Buckle Up McGruff and Scruff (PDF)
- Learn About Chemicals Around Your House
- Adventures of the Lead Busters Club (PDF)
Everyone loves to play outside! It can be a whole lot more fun if we remember to be safe as well. Don’t go out during bad weather, especially during a lightning storm. If there is a swimming pool, only go swimming when a parent or trusted adult is watching. Don’t forget to keep pets on a leash to prevent them from running away. If you are helping to tend the garden, be careful when using tools and don’t eat unknown plants.
- Penelope’s Pool Party
- Electricity Safety
- Leon’s Lightning Safety Game
- SunWise Kids
- Kids & Dogs Safety Rhymes
- D.B. Pest Game
- Dangers in the Garden