Protect your home and your family with these home safety tips.
"Fear is the father of courage and the mother of safety."
Henry H. Tweedy
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Use these tips along with your home security system to help protect your home and your loved ones:

Create the illusion that someone is at your house. ...
Make sure all exterior doors have reliable locks. ...
Always look before opening the door. ...
Don't leave spare keys in obvious locations. ...
Secure your sliding glass doors. ...

Reducing Risk Inside and Around the Home

Reducing Risk Inside and Around the Home
In the kitchen
  • Keep a distance between flammable objects (papers, curtains, plastics, etc.) and fire sources (oven, stove top, portable heater, etc.)
  • Use harmful products (cleaning solutions, lighters) with caution (follow nstructions!) and keep them out of reach of children and pets.
  • Never leave sharp objects (knives) or other such tools and utensils misplaced or unattended.
  • Ensure electrical cords aren’t draped across other appliances or the counter or stove top.
  • Leave space around appliances for proper ventilation.
Reducing Risk Inside and Around the Home
In the bathroom
  • Keep electrical appliances wrapped and away from water.
  • Use non-slip strips or floor mats
  • Always keep the room clean and as dry as possible.
Reducing Risk Inside and Around the Home
In the bedroom
  • Never smoke.
  • As always, ensure that everything else is a safe distance away from a source of fire or heat.
  • Opt for mattresses with open flame-resistant protection.
  • You’re most vulnerable when you sleep. Even in bed, keep a phone, light, (and, if necessary, a weapon) within reach.
Reducing Risk Inside and Around the Home
In the garage
  • This is probably where you store most of your tools and equipment. Take precautions with flammable liquids, chemicals, and anything producing fumes.
  • Keep poisonous substances (paint thinner, antifreeze, rat poison, etc.) locked up and out of reach of children and pets.
  • Keep your space clean and organized, especially as many of your tools are sharp, heavy or otherwise dangerous.
Reducing Risk Inside and Around the Home
In the yard
  • Surround your property with a sturdy fence (this is more for keeping in children and pets, but can also serve to remind strangers to keep out).
  • If you’ve got a pool, keep it locked down or fenced in when not in use.
  • Be careful when working in bad weather. Use sand, salt, and good-traction footwear on ice and snow.
Reducing Risk Inside and Around the Home
On the stairs
  • Keep steps clean and dry.
  • Always install stable and sturdy railing on both sides of the stairs.
  • Ensure that the distance between the rails is narrow enough to prevent a child or infant from falling through.
  • Good rule of thumb: less than four inches!
  • Keep stairs well lit.
Reducing Risk Inside and Around the Home
Guard against fire
  • Install smoke detectors, check them regularly, and replace the batteries at least once a year.
  • Avoid overloading outlets and extension cords.
  • Keep fire extinguishers handy and know how to use them.
  • Establish a safety exit, ensure all family members know and understand it, practice with drills, and ensure it’s never blocked.
  • Never block or pile things on heaters or near heat-exuding appliances; give these a wide berth, plenty of breathing room, and make sure they don’t get overheated.
  • Ensure that all materials are fire-resistant if you’re renovating or just fixing up something around the house.
  • Never leave any type of fire or hot appliance unattended.
  • Remove dry vegetation around your home, especially during the dry seasons.
  • Cover the fireplace with a stable and large metal fire frame.
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Remember "30 Below Stroll" and Walk Safely on International Walk to School Day

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Pedestrian safety experts shares tips on how to walk safely on International Walk to School Day.

When I was a teenager, my friend's dad said I have a “30 below stroll,” because he said I was too cool to be in a hurry. I’m not sure about the “cool” part but it’s true that for most of my life, I walked slow and easy. And it worked for me.

But that all changed when I moved to the nation’s capital to work at Safe Kids.

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By Editor
October 4, 2018

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Soaring Teen Injury Death Rates Call for Stronger Driver’s License Laws

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Teen driving tragedy a strong reminder to do more to prepare teens to be safe drivers.

This blog was written by Akhil Reddy, Safe Kids Public Policy summer intern.

To this day I still grip the wheel of my car a little harder while driving if I think about what happened to a 15-year-old sophomore in the city outside Houston where I grew up. His name was Ben Silas.

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By Anthony Green
September 29, 2018

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Safety Information for Railroad Safety Week

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Learn about Railroad Safety Month and what Safe Kids and Union Pacific Railroad are doing to keep kids safe around railroad tracks.

Railroad Safety Week is September 23-29

Safe Kids and Union Pacific Railroad are teaming up to protect kids during Rail Safety Week. Safe Kids is proud to be working alongside Union Pacific to help spread this important safety information. To learn more about our partnership, check out our partnership page.

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By Editor
September 10, 2018

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5 Tips for New Parents During Baby Safety Month

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Keep your baby safe with these 5 tips.

Congratulations on your new baby. You're going to be a great parent, and we'll be right here with you so you're not alone. September is Baby Safety Month so it’s a perfect time for these 5 safety tips.

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By Runjit Chandra
August 31, 2018

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Child Passenger Safety Month Promotes Car Seat Safety for Parents

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During the month of September, Safe Kids coalitions will celebrate Child Passenger Safety Month by hosting events all across the country to help parents learn how to install and use their child’s car seat correctly.

Every year during the month of September, Safe Kids coalition members host events across the country to help parents learn how to install and use their car seat correctly. These events are in celebration of National Child Passenger Safety Month, with the biggest focus being on Seat Check Saturday on September 29.

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By Lorrie Walker
August 30, 2018

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5 Tips for Choosing Your Baby’s First Car Seat

Baby’s First Car Seat

Check out our tips for buying your baby’s first car seat and learn about the best options for keeping your baby safe and staying within your budget.

When you’re expecting a baby – especially if it’s your first – there are lots of things you might want to have on hand: A crib, a baby monitor, a box of diapers (or ten!). 

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By Lorrie Walker
August 30, 2018

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Railroad Safety FAQs

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Frequently asked questions about railroad and train track safety

Here are some frequent questions we have gotten about railroad safety that can help to keep your family safe.

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By Kristin Rosenthal
September 12, 2018

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Chicago Fire Tragedy Reminds Families of the Importance of Working Smoke Alarms: Check Out Tips to Stay Safe in Home Fire

Importance of Working Smoke Alarms

A tragedy in a Chicago fire is a reminder to all parents to learn how to keep kids safe in home fires. Here are tips that can help save a life.

When you wonder what we mean at Safe Kids when we say our mission is to protect kids from preventable injuries, think about the Contreras family. Early Sunday morning, a fire broke out in an apartment in the Little Village neighborhood of Chicago. Ten kids ages 3-months-old to 16-years-old died, including two 14-year-olds who recently died of their injuries at Stroger Hospital.

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By Anthony Green
August 29, 2018

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Summer Heat Calls for Action to Protect Young Athletes on Sports Fields

A teen drenched in sweat from playing sports outside.

Too many kids are dying of heatstroke during summer practices. Learn how these tragedies can be prevented. 

This blog was written by Akhil Reddy, Safe Kids Public Policy summer intern.

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By Editor
August 22, 2018

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Safe Kids Day Reaches Parents and Children around the Country

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Thousands of families celebrate Safe Kids Day in their communities

At Safe Kids Day in Palm Beach County, FL, a young middle school boy in a bright red Safe Kids Day shirt greets guests and passes out My High 5 booklets. He shows them where to get in line to pick out their free bike helmet. The boy has some difficulties speaking and seems shy. His mom explains how they began volunteering for their local Safe Kids coalition.

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By Editor
August 16, 2018

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After 10 Years, Consumer Product Improvement Law is Worth Celebrating

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The ten year anniversary of the tougher federal law on child consumer product safety celebrated by Safe Kids intern

This blog was written by Akhil Reddy, Safe Kids Public Policy summer intern.

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By Editor
August 15, 2018

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Beware of Liquid Nicotine Packaged as Products That Appeal to Kids

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Liquid nicotine is packaged in ways that young kids find appealing, so it’s important for to be aware of the dangers of this lethal substance.

This blog was written by Avani Rao, Safe Kids Public Policy summer intern.

A small child sees what looks like a can of whipped cream can right in front of them. What do you think the child would do?

You guessed it – the typical kid would probably open it up and taste what’s inside.

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By Editor
July 12, 2018

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Ensuring Bus Safety with Updated Seat Belt Laws

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A first-person account examining the issue of state laws requiring the use of seat belts on school buses. Our blogger looks at what is going on in various states and explains why a law requiring a “three-point” seat belt is the safest bet.

This blog was written by Avani Rao, Safe Kids Public Policy summer intern.

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By Editor
July 10, 2018

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Make a Life Jacket Your Fashion Statement of Summer 2018

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Wearing a life jacket while canoeing or kayaking in open water is important for everyone, especially kids. The vast majority of fatal boating accidents occur when victims are not using one. What parents need to know to keep kids safe.

This blog was written by Madi Hawkins, Safe Kids Public Policy summer intern.

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By Editor
July 10, 2018

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Ask an Expert: How to find the right life jacket?

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Using a life jacket when boating or participating in activities is a smart way to keep kids safe.  Safe Kids Worldwide Expert Ali Flury offers advice on picking the right one for your child’s size and activity.

Q. How can I be sure I have the right life jacket for my child?

Great question! Making sure kids are wearing the right life jacket is one of the best ways to keep them safe while boating and participating in water activities. Here are a few tips to remember when choosing a life jacket:

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By Ali Flury
July 6, 2018

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6 Grilling Tips to Keep Your Kids Safe

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Keep the grill going and your kids safe with these safety tips. 

Summer time and warmer weather means an increased use of outdoor grills  - and, unfortunately, more grill-caused injuries and fires.

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By Runjit Chandra
August 29, 2018

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Things You Need To Know As You Head Back To School

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Mistakes kids make when walking and how to be safer. 

A new school year can often be the beginning of something special – another year for students to learn, grow and imagine all the possibilities (even if our kids don’t always see it that way). 

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By Editor
August 6, 2018

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