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Children's Home Injury Prevention

Every year in the United States, more than 2,200 children – or six kids a day – die at home from unintentional injuries, according to Safe Kids Worldwide.

Follow these basic home injury prevention tips to keep your child safe at home:

  • Keep Medicines Away – Store medicines and cleaning products safely so they are out of reach and out of sight, and not easily accessible to your children. Many medicines look like candy and can be easily ingested by small children, if they are within their reach. Check dosing information carefully, especially while giving medications to younger children. Call the toll-free Poison Help number (1-800-222-1222) immediately if your child accidentally ingests medication or any other chemical. For more tips on keeping kids safe around medications, download this SafeKids infographic.
  • ‘Fall Proof’ Your Home – Install safety gates near stairways to prevent young children from falling down. Window or door screens can give away and lead to falls. Install window guards to prevent children from falling.
  • Secure Furniture – Secure TVs and furniture to the wall using mounts, brackets, anchors or straps to prevent them from tipping over.
  • Prevent Fires/Burns – Teach kids about fire safety and keeping a safe distance from hot pans or stovetops. Check smoke alarm batteries every six months and keep matches, lighters and candles away from children.
  • Keep batteries away – Keep batteries or battery-operated devices away from young children. Button batteries can be especially dangerous, as small infants can easily swallow these. Call the National Battery Ingestion Hotline immediately (202-625-3333) if your child accidentally swallows a battery.
  • Water Safety – Never leave a child unattended in a bath tub or swimming pool – babies can drown in as little as an inch of water. Lock bathroom and laundry room doors and keep toilet lids locked or closed.
  • Keep guns locked – Teach kids that guns are dangerous and if you possess a firearm at home, keep it locked, unloaded and out of reach and sight of children.

How safe is your home for your child?  Find out using this home safety checklist or refer to this home safety tips infographic.