Home Safety

Did You Know?
  • Unintentional falls are the number one cause of non-fatal injury for children, and 43 percent of fall-related injuries are among children 4 and under. 
  • The majority of serious falls happen at home. Children are twice as likely to be injured in a fall-related injury at home than at a childcare facility.
  • Window falls occur more frequently in large urban areas and low-income neighborhoods.
  • Seven out of 10 children injured by TV tip-overs are 5 or younger.
  • A 36-inch CRT television falling three feet creates the same momentum as a 1-year-old child falling 10 stories.
  • Approximately $8.3 million is spent each year in medical costs to treat children ages 19 and under in emergency rooms from TV tip-over injuries.
  • Medications are the leading cause of child poisoning.
  • Thirty-eight percent of child poisoning involves a grandparent’s medication.
  • Half of the 2.2 million calls to poison control centers in 2011 were for exposures and ingestions among kids 5 and under.

Fall Prevention Tips
  • Install Window Guards and Stops. Screens are meant to keep bugs out, not children in. Properly install window guards to prevent unintentional window falls.
  • For your crawlers and climbers, move chairs, cribs and other furniture away from windows to help prevent window falls.
  • Keep babies and young kids strapped in when using high chairs, infant carriers, swings and strollers.
  • Place carriers on the floor, not on top of a table or other furniture.
  • Because baby walkers can be dangerous.  Instead use stationary activity centers and place them away from stairs, hot appliances or window cords.
  • Take your kids to playgrounds with shock-absorbing surfaces such as rubber, synthetic turf, sand, pea gravel, wood chips or mulch. If your child falls, the landing will be more cushioned than on asphalt, concrete, grass or dirt.
  • Use approved safety gates at the tops and bottoms of stairs and attach them to the wall.
  • Actively supervise toddlers on stairs. Hold their hands when walking up and down stairs.
  • Use anti-slip rugs for the floors in your home, and mats or decals in the bathtub or shower to help prevent dangerous falls.
  • Keep hallways and stairs well-lit and clear of clutter.

Furniture Tipover Prevention Tips
  • Assess the stability of the TVs in your home.
  • Mount flat-screen TVs to the wall to prevent them from toppling off stands. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure that you have a secure fit.
  • If you have a large, heavy, old-style cathode ray tube (CRT) TV, place it on a low, stable piece of furniture.
  • Use brackets, braces or wall straps to secure unstable or top-heavy furniture to the wall.

Poisoning Prevention Tips
  • Put medicines and vitamins up and away and out of sight. Don't forget to secure places where kids can explore like purses, counter tops, and dressers.
  • Put cleaning products, eye solutions, nail polish, and other items up high as well.
  • Close your medicine tightly and use child-resistant packages.  But remember, child-resistant does not mean child-proof.
  • Be alert to visitors’ medicine. Well-meaning visitors may not be thinking about the medicines they have brought with them in their belongings.
  • Use the dosing device that comes with the medicine. Kitchen spoons aren't all the same, and a teaspoon and tablespoon used for cooking won't measure the same amount as the dosing device.
  • Keep all medicines in their original packages and containers.
  • Even if your child seems really sick, don’t give more medicine than the label says. It won’t help your child feel better faster, and it may cause harm.
  • Write clear instructions to other caregivers, including what medicine to give, when to give it and the correct dose.
  • Talk to your kids about medication safety. Even if their medicine tastes good, don’t compare it to candy to encourage kids to take it.
  • The toll-free number for the Poison Control Center (1-800-222-1222) into your home and cell phone. You should also post it near your phone or on your refrigerator for the babysitter.
  • If your child has collapsed, is not breathing, or has a seizure, call 911.
  • Do not make children vomit or give them anything unless directed by a professional.

Additional Resources

Home Safety resources and information form Safe Kids Worldwide

Fall Prevention Tips

Fall Prevention - Center for Disease Control

TV and Furniture Tipover Infographic

TV and Furniture Tipover Tips

Poisoning Prevention Tips

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