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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How To Prevent A False Alarm
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Start a Neighborhood Watch Checklist
Start a Neighborhood Watch Checklist
Motion Sensor Tips and Tricks
Motion Sensor Tips and Tricks
Fire Safety Plan Checklist
Fire Safety Plan Checklist
5 Tips to Keep Your Child Safe at Home
5 Tips to Keep Your Child Safe at Home
Tips to Prevent a Home Break-In
Tips to Prevent a Home Break-In
Pet Safety Tips
Pet Safety Tips
Home Office Safety
Home Office Safety
Apartment and Condominium Safety
Apartment and Condominium Safety
Kitchen Safety Tips for the Holiday Season
Kitchen Safety Tips for the Holiday Season
Halloween Safety Tips for the Whole Family
Halloween Safety Tips for the Whole Family
Safety Solutions for Rural Properties
Safety Solutions for Rural Properties
Hurricane Safety
Hurricane Safety
Home Security Tips
Home Security Tips
Fire Safety Tips
Fire Safety Tips
Holiday Safety Tips
Holiday Safety Tips
Tips for a Safe Home during the Holidays
Tips for a Safe Home during the Holidays
Baby Safety Tips
Baby Safety Tips
Back To School Safety
Back To School Safety
Bicycle Safety Tips
Bicycle Safety Tips
How To Choose a Home Alarm System
How To Choose a Home Alarm System
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Financial Safety Tips
Fire Safety For Kids
Fire Safety For Kids
Financial Scam Safety
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Home Security Glossary
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Medicine Cabinet Safety
Medicine Cabinet Safety
School Lockdown Procedures
School Lockdown Procedures
Social Media Safety Tips
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Spring Break Safety Tips
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Study Abroad Safety Tips
Study Abroad Safety Tips
Thanksgiving Safety Tips
Thanksgiving Safety Tips
Top Ten Guard Dogs
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4th of July Safety Tips
4th of July Safety Tips
Dating Safety Tips
Dating Safety Tips

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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Ask an Expert: How to Keep Kids Safe Around Backyard Pools During the Pandemic

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?

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By Ashley Hunt
July 6, 2020

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Remembering Gun Safety in the Time of COVID-19

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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.

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By Editor
May 26, 2020

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Safety Tips for a “New Normal” this Memorial Day

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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.

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By Editor
May 21, 2020

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ReTrain Your Brain with These Important Railroad Safety Tips

Kids walking along train tracks.

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.

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By Nadji Kirby
May 4, 2020

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Weather or Not, 2020 Hurricane Season is Coming

Hurricane Season

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.

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By Editor
April 27, 2020

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New Resources to Keep Children Safe In and Around Cars During COVID-19

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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.

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By Editor
April 24, 2020

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During COVID-19, Remember These 4 Tips to Prevent Heatstroke in Hot Cars

Prevent Heatstroke in Hot Cars

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.

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By Lorrie Walker
April 23, 2020

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Parent’s Checklist to Preventing Injuries During Coronavirus

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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.

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By Editor
April 8, 2020

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Ask the Expert: Leaving a Young Child Alone in a Car During Coronavirus Pandemic

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Learn why it’s not OK to leave a young child alone in a car, even during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Questions

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?

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By Lorrie Walker
April 10, 2020

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Home Safety During the Coronavirus Pandemic: Creating a Safe Place for Young Kids to Play

A baby standing in front of a large television.

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.

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By Ashley Hunt
April 10, 2020

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3 Safety Tips to Remember When Young Kids are Home

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.

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By Emily Samuel
March 19, 2020

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A Message from Safe Kids Worldwide about Coronavirus

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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. 

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By Torine Creppy
March 17, 2020

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If Kids Are Playing Outside, Help Prevent Injuries with These 3 Safety Tips

Safety at play during the pandemic.

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).

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By Nadji Kirby
March 26, 2020

3 PRECAUTIONS TO HELP KEEP KIDS SAFER AROUND CARS AS PARENTS DEAL WITH CORONAVIRUS

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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.

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By Lorrie Walker
March 23, 2020

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Safe Medicine Disposal FAQ

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Learn the safest methods for getting rid of your old or unwanted medicine. 

Question 1: Why should I dispose of medicine in my home?

Answer: Disposing of medicines in your home can reduce the risk of children getting into those medicines.

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By Ashley Hunt
March 11, 2020

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National Poison Prevention Week 2020

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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.

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By Emily Samuel
March 11, 2020

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Find the Car Seat Laws in Your State with this New Safe Kids Resource

An infant strapped in their car seat.

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.

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By Anthony Green
March 2, 2020

Think About It

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Injured teen illustrates the need for concussion safety

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By Editor
March 2, 2020

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How to Know if It’s Time to Move Your Child to a Booster Seat

A young boy seating in his booster seat.

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.

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By Lorrie Walker
February 10, 2020

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One Mom Shares Personal Story and Helpful Tips to Protect Children From Gas Fireplaces

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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.  

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By Editor
February 3, 2020

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Be an MVP (Most Valuable Parent) - Don't Forget TV Safety

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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? 

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By Editor
January 28, 2020

Top Four Recall Stories of 2019 and 3 Ways Parents Can Stay Informed

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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.

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By Runjit Chandra
January 10, 2020

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How the Grinch Didn’t Steal Christmas

Planning And Practicing Home Fire Drills

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.

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By Editor
December 19, 2019

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Three Misconceptions Railroaders Want To Debunk

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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?

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By Editor
November 27, 2019

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Childproofing Your Home While Tidying Up

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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.

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By Editor
November 13, 2019

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5 Ways to Make Thanksgiving Cooking Safer for Your Family

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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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By Runjit Chandra
November 15, 2019

5 Quick Questions with a Safe Kids Coordinator

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Safe Kids Oklahoma coordinator presenting to a class.

In our new blog series, “5 Quick Questions with a Safe Kids Coordinator,” we are proud to introduce you to the Safe Kids Coordinators who dedicate their time and considerable talent to keeping kids safe in your community and beyond.

Our first coordinator is Kim Gray, Safe Kids Oklahoma.

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By Editor
October 30, 2019

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How Middle School Students Advocate to Make School Zones Safer in a Community

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Learn how a group of 4th graders is making their school zone safer through advocacy.

When Safe Kids began its pedestrian safety program with support from FedEx 20 years ago, it was called “Walk This Way.” Now, thanks to work of Safe Kids Mercer County led by St.

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By Editor
October 1, 2019

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Railroad Safety Week 2019

Railroad Safety Week 2019

Safe Kids and Union Pacific have teamed up to keep kids safe around trains and railroad tracks during Rail Safety Week.

Railroad Safety Week is September 22-28

Do you cross railroad tracks regularly? Are you ever tempted to drive around a gate or walk along the tracks?

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By Editor
September 23, 2019

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Defensive Driving and Child Passenger Safety

Learning how to drive from a fighter pilot in the age of “Top Gun.” 

My Dad is a retired Air Force Brigadier General, and over the course of his 28-year military career he taught countless pilots how to fly fighter jets. His favorite airplane, the F-15, weighs 45,000 lbs., can fly 1,875 mph, and costs about $80 mil. And, unlike driving a car, mistakes tend to have all-or-nothing consequences. There are no minor fighter jet accidents.

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By Krista Osterthaler
September 12, 2019

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Back to School Blog

Keep your kids safe while travelling to and from school.  

Heading Back to School

Back to school was one of the most exciting times for me when I was younger. I was always so excited to see what a new school year would bring and the fun activities that I would get to experience with my classmates. What I would be most excited for was to get back with all of my classmates that I missed all summer long.

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By Editor
August 9, 2019

PrevCon 2019 Was a Kaleidoscope of Fun!

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The logo of the 2019 Childhood Injury Prevention Conve

We love that every two years, PrevCon is different and unique – new faces, emerging issues and evolving perspectives. At the same time, we’re grateful that some things remain the same: The dedication, energy and enthusiasm that our attendees, presenters and staff bring to our conference amaze us each and every time! And PrevCon 2019 was no exception.

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By Editor
July 20, 2019

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