Each year, millions of children experience preventable injuries. Keeping kids safe is a top priority and we can all do our part to keep area children protected. Keep kids safe in and around your home with these top safety tips.
- Never leave children alone near water, including during bath time, playtime and cooking. To be safe, lower your hot water heater settings to 120 degrees F to avoid burns, and turn pan handles away from reach during meal preparations.
- Store household cleaning products and other chemicals in locked cabinets, including toiletries, medicines and detergent.
- Childproof a home by covering electrical outlines, securing windows, blocking stairways, locking necessary doors and keeping small items out of reach.
- Install smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.
- Unload and lock away firearms.
- Keep children safe around pets. Never leave your child alone with a pet and teach children how to safely interact with pets. With an unfamiliar pet, encourage children to ask permission before approaching and touching the animal.
- Be prepared for an Emergency. Learn CPR and related maneuvers, assemble a first aid kit and keep important emergency numbers nearby. As soon as your child is old enough, teach them their name, address and how to dial 9-1-1 to call for help.
In Our Neighborhoods
- When riding a bicycle, be sure to see and be seen. This means, wear bright and fluorescent colors when riding day or night and make sure drivers can see you at all times. Also, make sure helmets are properly fitted, that tires, breaks and equipment are working, and follow the rules of the road.
- Swim safely by always having adult supervision or a swim buddy. Obey pool rules, keep pool gates shut and use proper flotation devices to assist swimming needs.
- Always use crosswalks and stop and look for cars and other traffic before entering streets.
- Teach teens the importance of driving safely. Keep your eyes on the road, your hands on the wheel and your mind on driving.
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