More than 2,000 children under age 14 die each year due to unintentional injuries at home. Bathtubs, furniture tip-overs, unsafe cribs and medications can all be lethal, so it’s important to identify any risks in your home and prevent incidents before they happen.

Kids like to explore, and your medicine cabinet is no exception. Every day, 165 young children– roughly four busloads—are brought to the emergency room after taking prescription or over-the-counter medications while their parent or caregiver wasn’t looking.

How to keep medications away from children:

  • Store medications in a locked box, out of sight and reach.

  • Properly dispose of unused or expired medications.

  • Make sure the safety cap on bottles is locked. Listen for the click!

  • Use only the dosing cup or spoon that comes with children’s medication—do not substitute a kitchen spoon.

  • Have the Poison Control telephone number handy: (800)-222-1222.

 

Injury Facts statistics show more than 300 children ages 0-4 die each year in drowning incidents at home, a preventable tragedy affecting far too many families.

How to keep your kids safe in the water:

  • At home or a public pool, an adult should always be present.

  • Check for hazards before kids jump in: depth, temperature and underwater obstacles.

  • Ensure bathroom doors stay closed and secure with a latch.

  • Gather towels and supplies before bath time so you don’t have to leave your child unattended.

  • Drain the water after bath time and secure toilet lids with child-proof latches.

 

Common household fixtures like windows, televisions and rugs can also be dangerous hazards for our kids if not secured properly. Safe Kids Worldwide reports more than 3,300 children are seriously injured in window falls annually. Over the past ten years, TV tip-overs have sent a child to the emergency room on average every 45 minutes.

How to keep rooms safe:

  • Install proper window guards. Screens only keep bugs out—they do not protect children.

  • Lock windows when closed and install window stops to limit opening to 4 inches. Make sure the stops can be easily released in case of an emergency.

  • Anchor TVs and heavy furniture to the wall with mounts, brackets, braces or straps.

  • Close drawers while not in use, install child-proof drawer latches and make sure kids know they should never use open drawers as steps.

  • Secure loose rugs to the floor with no-slip pads and use bath mats or self-adhesive grip strips in the tub to prevent slips.

  • Remove clutter and trip hazards from the floor, including toys, blankets and clothes.

 

Children ages 0-4 have the highest rates of suffocation of any other age group—more than 1,000 each year, according to Injury Facts®. Many of these deaths occur while sleeping.

How to keep sleep time safe:

  • Cribs should meet Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) safety standards.

  • Don’t place cribs near anything with a cord or that can be pulled down on top of your child, such as drapes, curtains or blinds.

  • Choose a firm mattress and tight-fitting bed sheet over soft bedding. Remove plush toys, pillows and blankets before bedtime. Avoid using crib bumpers or padding.

When it comes to our children, we can never be too cautious. Simple steps today can prevent an injury or illness tomorrow.