This page is designed to assist those who are entrusted with safety of a child or children. It focuses on the safety of children and offers information and strategies to prevent unintentional injury, accidents or tragedy.
- Put your baby to sleep on her back in a crib with a firm, flat mattress and no soft bedding underneath her. Never put babies to sleep on adult beds. This will reduce the risk of suffocation and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
- Make sure your baby's crib is sturdy and has no loose or missing hardware. This will prevent babies from suffocating or strangling by becoming trapped between broken crib parts.
- Never place your baby's crib or furniture near window blinds or curtain cords. These cords are strangling hazards.
- To help prevent falls, keep children away from windows.
- Keep medicines and cleaning products in containers with safety caps and locked way from children to prevent poisoning.
- Always check bath water temperature with your wrist or elbow before putting your baby in to bathe. This will help prevent burns to baby's delicate skin.
- Never, ever, leave your child alone in the bathtub or near any water. In addition, keep children away from all standing water, including water in toilets, 5-gallon buckets and pools. Drowning accidents can occur when your child is left alone in a tub, wading pool, or near buckets of water.
- Don't leave your baby alone in a highchair; always use all safety straps. This will avoid injuries and deaths from baby climbing out, falling, or sliding under the tray. Be sure to use safety straps in stroller and baby swings.
- Use your stove's back burners and keep pot handles turned to the back of the stove to prevent deaths and injuries from burns. In addition, keep children away from tablecloths, so they can't pull down hot foods or liquids on themselves.
- Lock household cleaning products, knives, matches, and plastic bags away from children to prevent poisonings, bleeding injuries, burns, and suffocation.
- Install smoke detectors on each floor of your home, especially near sleeping areas; change the batteries every year to prevent deaths and injuries from fire.
- Use safety gates to block stairways and safety plugs to cover electrical outlets to prevent injuries from falls and electric shock.
- Keep all small objects, including toys and balloons away from young children to prevent choking and possible death.