It’s not the school playground, the amusement park, or even the public pool. Researchers state it’s your own home where your child is most likely to be injured. According to Public Health Report nearly 4 million children are injured at home. More than half a million are severe injuries. According to the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control roughly 2,800 children, from ages one to 14 years, have died from an accidental injury. Even with the high rates of incidents studies show that many can be prevented.
The best way to prevent injuries is to ensure adult supervision. However, this is not always possible. Parents can create safe environments by child proofing and using safety devices. Parents and teachers that educate themselves on how injuries occur can be prepared to teach children the crucial steps to preventing injuries from happening. Educating children on potential hazards and how to deal with emergencies protects them when unsupervised. Using the resources below can help prevent injuries and protect children when in the home.
- Kitchen Safety: Basic tips to keeping safe in the kitchen with clean hygiene, safe food preparation and preventing spills and fires.
- For Young Children: A guide to protecting young children in the kitchen around the stove, oven, other appliances and utensils.
- Cooking Fire Safety: An in-depth guide to preventing fires in the kitchen.
- Kitchen Rules: 10 kitchen safety rules.
- Poison Prevention: The Center for Disease Control and Prevention offer tips for preventing poisonings.
- Utensil and Gadget Safety: Teach kids how to be safe while using kitchen gadgets and utensils.
- Room Safety: Kitchen: A great learning guide on kitchen safety from Staying Alive.
- Bathroom Safety Tips: Keep little ones safe in the bathroom with these tips.
- Medicines: This article examines the risk of medicine poisoning for children.
- Safety in the Bathroom: Parents use these tips to prevent common bathroom injuries such as burns and scalds.
- Poison: Bathrooms contains medicines and household cleaners. This safety guide explains what to do when you suspect poisoning and how to prevent it.
- Bathing Safety: A simple guide just for kids to be safe in the bathroom.
- Crib Safety: Tips to keeping a baby safe in his/her crib.
- Bedroom Fire Safety: The United States Fire Administration and the Sleep Products Safety Council offer simple tips to staying safe and preventing loss of life in a bedroom fire.
- Room Safety: Bedroom: A great learning guide on bedroom safety from Staying Alive.
- Baby’s Room Safety: Know hot to make your baby’s room safe with this guide.
- Blind and Curtain Cords: A guide to reducing injuries from blinds and curtains.
- Bunk Beds: A safety warning for bunk beds. Provides parents with wait they should look for with bunk beds.
- Room Safety: Living Room: A great learning guide on living room safety from Staying Alive.
Walls/Floors/Furniture/Doors and Window Safety
- Preventing Falls: Prevent childhood falls with these safety measures.
- Window Safety: The Children’s Hospital provides information to keeping children safe around windows.
- Falls: Fall prevention tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Safety Council.
- Furniture: A furniture report and video that illustrates how to anchor furniture to prevent tip over’s.
Electrical/ Heating and Cooling Safety
- Electrical Safety: A guide for general electrical, appliance and electrical emergency safety.
- Electrical and Fire Safety: A Wisconsin Dept of Health Services Division of Public Health’s electrical and Bureau of Environmental Health fire safety guide.
- Gas Fireplace: Simple tips for keeping kids safe around gas fireplaces.
- Fire Safety: Fire prevention and safety tips for being prepared for a fire emergency.
Garage/Basement/ Laundry Safety
- Garage Poisons: Be aware of potential garage poisons with this quick poison prevention guide.
- Laundry Room and Garage: Four tips for laundry and garage safety.
- Garage Safety: An interactive garage safety tool.
- Room Safety: Basement: A great learning guide on basement safety from Staying Alive.
Outdoor/ Backyard/ Pool Safety
- Garden Safety: Keeping children safe from potential hazards while gardening.
- Outdoor Playtime Safety: Tips for playing safely on the playground, in the pool, on the porch and by the street.
- Pool Safety: Consumer Product Safety Commission offers tips for keeping kids safe in and around the pool.
- Grilling Safety: Summer tips for keeping safe around the grill.