Safe Kids Worldwide Safety Tips

Did You Know?

  • Unintentional falls are the number one case of non-fatal injuries to children and the majority of falls happen at home
  • Working smoke alarms reduce the chance of dying in a fire by 50%!
  • Medicines are the leading cause of child poisoning!
  • Each year in the United States, more than 2,200 children (or 6 kids a day) die from an injury in the home
  • 82% of accidental suffocation deaths among infants occur in bed
  • The majority of childhood suffocation, choking and strangulation incidents happen at home
  • Swimming pools are the most common site for drowning to occur for children ages 1-4
  • The majority of infant drowning deaths happen in bathtubs or large buckets
  • Road injuries are the leading cause of unintentional deaths to children in the United States
  • On average, every 10 days a child dies from heatstroke in a vehicle
Home Safety
  • Install screens and window guards to prevent unintentional window falls
  • Keep children from climbing near windows by moving cribs and other furniture away from windows to prevent window falls
  • Secure kids when seated in high chairs, infant carriers, swings and strollers. If your baby is in a carrier, remember to place it on the floor
  • Watch out for stairs! Use safety gates at the tops and bottoms of stairs and attach them to the wall securely.
  • Keep hallways and stairs well lit and clear of clutter
  • Use anti-slip rugs in the bathtub or shower
  • Secure TVs and furniture to the wall using mounts, brackets, braces, anchors or wall straps to prevent tip overs
  • Check your smoke alarms regularly (or at least every 6 months)
  • Store matches and lighters out of reach of children
  • Don’t plug in too many things in an electrical socket
  • Child proof electrical outlets and appliances
  • Check to make sure the water temperature is right
  • Closely supervise children in the bathtub
  • Use the back burner of your stove to prevent children from grabbing at pot handles
  • Install smoke detectors on every level of your home, outside every sleeping area and in each bedroom
  • Install barriers around fire places, ovens, and furnaces
  • Keep flammable and hazardous items locked up and away from children
  • Keep flammable materials away from space heaters
  • Install and text carbon monoxide alarms
  • Keep all medications locked up and away from the reach of children
  • Ensure all caps are locked securely on medications
  • Close toilet lids and use toilet seat locks to prevent drowning
Play Safety
  • Play on soft surfaces at playgrounds by choosing playgrounds that have surfaces with rubber, turf, sand, pea gravel, wood chips or mulch
  • Protect your child’s head by ensuring they wear helmets for activities such as biking and skateboarding
  • Think about your child’s age and development when purchasing a toy or a game
  • Check to make sure there aren’t any small parts or other potential choking hazards when choosing a toy
  • Stay up to date on toy recalls, sign up for the latest recall information by going to
  • For more information about recalls, go to
Fire Safety
  • Regularly check all smoke detectors
  • Create and practice a fire escape plan with two ways out of every room
  • Teach children to “get low and go” if there is smoke
  • Practice feeling the door, doorknob and spaces around the door with the back of the hand to see if they are too hot
  • Choose a place outside to meet that is a safe distance from the house
  • If you live in an apartment, know all of your building’s fire escape exits and use the stairs to get out
  • If there is a fire and you cannot escape safely from your home, keep smoke out of the room by covering vents and cracks around the door
Sleep and Suffocation Safety
  • Missouri Safe Sleep Coalition: What is Safe Sleep?
  • Make sure your crib is up to date
  • If you can fit a can of soda between the crib slats, that means a child’s head, hand or foot could get stuck
  • If the sides go down, don’t use the crib
  • Use a bare crib with only a tight fitted crib sheet
  • If you are getting a used crib, check to see if it has been recalled at
  • Avoid putting baby’s sleep space near windows, draperies, blinds or wall-mounted decorations
  • Do not hang anything on or above the baby’s crib
  • Room sharing is the safest option for your baby; place your baby’s sleep space next to your bed
  • Place your baby on his or her back to sleep for all sleeps
  • Do NOT place babies on beds, sofas, recliners, chairs, soft surfaces, bouncy chairs, car seats or baby swings to sleep
Water Safety
  • Closely supervise kids in or around water
  • Never leave your child unattended around water; babies can drown in as little as one inch of water
  • Remove water from tubs and buckets immediately after use
  • Install fences around home pools; a pool fence should surround all sides of the pool and be at least four feet tall
  • Teach children how to swim early; start introducing babies to water around 6 months old
  • Empty inflatable pools or portable pools immediately after use
Car Safety
  • In Missouri, children less than 4 years old or less than 40 pounds must be in a child safety seat
  • In Missouri, children ages 4 through 7 who weigh at least 40 pounds must be in a child safety seat or booster seat until they are 80 pounds or 4 feet 9 inches tall
  • Ensure your children are safety buckled for ALL car rides
  • NEVER leave your child alone in a car, not even for a minute
    – A car can heat up 19 degrees in just 10 minutes and cracking a window does not help
    – Young children’s bodies heat up three to five times faster than an adult’s
  • Always hold your child’s hand while walking near moving vehicles, in driveways, parking lots or on sidewalks
  • Teach your children early to look both ways before crossing any roadway
  • Before you get in the car, make sure there are no children around your vehicle
  • If you see a child alone in a car, call 911 immediately
  • Make sure to lock your vehicle when you’re not using it
  • Make sure your kids know that trunks are not safe places to play
  • Teach your children to never ride with someone who has been drinking or doing drugs

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