Regardless of how you choose to celebrate this Halloween, here are a few ways to make safety a part of your planning.
Even as parents and caregivers continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, Halloween is still one of the most exciting nights of the year. This year’s festivities will look a little different and call for creative alternatives that are both fun and follow local COVID-19 guidelines and recommendations.
Parents, here are three activities to help teach your kids about fire safety
It’s National Fire Prevention Week and this year’s theme is “Serving Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen.” As parents focus on several priorities at once, more kids are helping out in the kitchen, which makes this the perfect time to talk with your kids about fire safety, how to prevent kitchen fires, and what to do in an emergency.
Every year, on the first Wednesday of October, schools and communities around the world celebrate International Walk to School Day. This year due to the pandemic, some students may still be walking to and from school while others might just be walking around their neighborhoods. Either way, this is a great time to talk to your kids about how to walk safely.
Learn tips about how to keep your kids safe in and around water.
Last year, I was at a neighbor’s pool when my mom’s friend took her child’s floaties off. She had placed the child on a pool noodle and then resumed her conversation. The mom was distracted by her friend, so she did not notice the child slowly slipping off the pool noodle. When I looked up, the child’s head was fully submerged in the water.
Safe Kids and Union Pacific are celebrating Railroad Safety Week with several resources and tips to help families keep their kids safe on and around train tracks.
Railways play an important part of our society by transporting people and goods. But we have to work together to keep each other safe around tracks and trains.
Did you know that every 5 days a child dies as a result of being struck by a train?
New virtual and online options for all parents to check car seats during September’s Child Passenger Safety Week
Safe Kids Worldwide is celebrating child passenger safety (CPS) throughout the month of September.
Vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death and injury for American children and correctly used child safety seats can reduce the risk of death by as much as 71 percent. Unfortunately, almost 60 percent of car seats are not used or installed correctly.
Here are 3 injury prevention reminders for families doing online school at home and 3 more for families traveling back to school this year.
As many normal activities have continued to require careful consideration as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, parents are now challenged with “back to school” and what that means for their children and their families.
Our Safe Kids expert provides 3 important tips to prevent injuries and keep kids safe in backyard pools during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Question: Our neighborhood pool is closed because of the pandemic. I’d like to let my neighbors and their children use my backyard pool, but are there steps I should be taking to prepare for more kids around the pool than usual?
Parents, use these 3 gun safety tips to keep kids safe during coronavirus pandemic.
With families sheltering at home and curious children always looking for adventure, parents have a lot to think about to keep their kids safe in these days of COVID-19.
Here are a few safety tips for a “New Normal” this Memorial Day
Even during these challenging times, to many of us, Memorial Day is the official start of summer.
It’s a time to remember the people who gave so much for our country, a time to be with family and friends (while social distancing, of course) and a time to take a break and have some fun.
Parents, during Covid-19, learn these railroad safety tips.
In our last pedestrian safety blog, we reviewed basic safety tips for common outside activities like walking around the neighborhood, crossing the street and riding bikes. In some neighborhoods, walking or riding bikes might also take place near train tracks.
Find out how to prepare your family for a hurricane or any extreme weather emergency with some useful tips.
Here’s a new definition of an active hurricane – it only takes one hurricane making landfall in your area to make it an active hurricane season. Last season, with Hurricanes Harvey and Irma we saw the costliest (Harvey) and the strongest (Irma) come ashore. And millions of lives were impacted and hundreds of lives lost.
Parents, these resources will help you properly use and install car seats and keep your kids safe in and around cars.
Even as families try to stay home as much as possible during the coronavirus pandemic, there are times when a trip in the car with the kids is essential.
Parents, here’s why leaving your young child alone in a car especially during COVID-19 is not worth the risk.
In the past two years, more than 100 children have died of heatstroke because they were alone or became trapped in a hot car. This is a tragedy that can happen to even the best families, particularly in this time of coronavirus pandemic when family routines have been disrupted and parents have so many priorities to think about.
Keep kids out of emergency rooms and injury free during coronavirus pandemic with these safety tips.
As kids have more unstructured time at home, and parents are navigating so many competing priorities, it is challenging to stay focused on everything at once. This is a time when injuries for kids may be on the rise, which can put families at risk during trips to the emergency room and cause a strain on an already overburdened health-care system.
Learn why it’s not OK to leave a young child alone in a car, even during the coronavirus pandemic.
I’m a single parent and I know that under normal circumstances it is never OK to leave your child alone in a car. But I was wondering, now with the threat of coronavirus, is it OK for my child to wait in the car while I run into the pharmacy or grocery store to pick up a few things?
Parents, learn a few tips to help create a safe environment for young kids to play in the home.
While we are all social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic, our homes are not just a place for us to live—they have become our offices, schools and playgrounds. In our last home safety blog, we talked about the importance of keeping all cleaning products and medicines out of reach of children.
Remember these home safety tips for parents and friends balancing childcare and coronavirus.
As schools and childcare centers are closing to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), kids of all ages will be home for longer periods of time. Young children ages 1-5 have lots of energy and are full of curiosity, but sometimes we find them getting into things they shouldn’t.
Safe Kids remains committed to childhood injury prevention throughout Covid-19 pandemic.
During this time when the world is working together to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, Safe Kids Worldwide is committed to the safety and well-being of our partners, network and staff, and we are taking every precaution to keep families safe.
Parents, here are a few safety tips to remember before your kids go out to play.
In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, it’s important to practice social distancing and stay in the house as much as possible to protect ourselves, our families and the health of others. However, we do understand that getting out for a bit to stretch and play is important for children (and adults).
We know caregivers are juggling so many priorities during these uncertain times: Teleworking, home schooling, handwashing, sanitizing, supervising your child and so much more. It is challenging to stay focused on everything at once. The good news is there are a few precautions we can all take to keep kids who are out of daycare or school safer during, what can seem like, very long days.
Learn the safest methods for getting rid of your old or unwanted medicine.
Answer: Disposing of medicines in your home can reduce the risk of children getting into those medicines.
Kids are still getting into medicine and parents can help prevent it during National Poison Prevention Week.
Did you know there are more than 47,000 children under age 6 seen in emergency rooms every year for medicine poisoning? That’s 5 children every hour. This National Poison Prevention Week (March 15-21), Safe Kids is providing families with tips and resources to help prevent frantic calls to the Poison Help number, frightening trips to the ER and fretful hours spent bedside.
Parents, learn how to find child safety laws in your state.
This month, Safe Kids is introducing an exciting brand-new feature to safekids.org called the Child Safety Law Map. It’s an easy way to search for laws relevant to keeping kids safe.
Learn when it is time to advance your child to a booster seat.
You may have seen stories in the news lately about the use of booster seats for children who weigh less than 40 pounds.
All parents can learn from this mom’s experience with gas fireplaces.
We have been working to keep kids safe from fireplace-related burns. Check out this blog by Monica Bollinger, a mom raising awareness about how to keep kids safe around gas fireplaces by sharing the tragic story of how her 11-month-old daughter burned her hands.
Before the big game, take time for National TV Safety Day.
Ready for the big game on Sunday night? You’ve probably got a list of things to take care of before everyone comes over to watch – get the chili going in the crockpot, wash (or don’t wash) your lucky shirt, be sure your favorite chair is positioned just so. But, when you brought home that brand new big-screen TV, did you make sure to safely secure it to the wall?
One of the best ways for parents to keep kids safe is to pay attention to news about product recalls. At Safe Kids, we try to make it easy for you. In case you missed them, here are the top 4 recall stories of 2019 and 3 tips on how to make sure the products you buy for your kids are safe.
A Safe Kids coordinator shares a story of how a fire alarm saved a family.
We are pleased to introduce the holiday story from our colleague in Washington State, Kathleen Clary-Cooke, coordinator of Safe Kids Benton-Franklin which discusses the importance of fire safety. This is a happy ending story.
Understanding misconceptions around railroad-related behavior will help you stay safe around trains and railroad tracks.
We have been working with Union Pacific Railroad to keep kids safe around trains and railroad tracks. Check out this blog from Union Pacific about three misconceptions railroaders want to clear up.
Have you ever talked to your children about how to stay safe around railroad tracks?
Tidying around the house is a great time for parents to make sure their home is safe and childproofed.
Krista Osterthaler, mom of two young ones, shares how she has learned that cleaning and tidying her home is a great time to make sure it’s a safe environment for her kids.
Here are 5 reminders to help you make Thanksgiving cooking safer for you and your family
Thanksgiving prep in many households can seem like trying to set up a well-oiled machine with everything thought through to the very minute. There are Itemized lists of ingredients and essentials, scheduled trips to the grocery store for supplies and perfectly choreographed plans when dishes need to enter and exit ovens and stoves.
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