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
Storm Protection
Storm Protection
How To Prevent A False Alarm
How To Prevent A False Alarm
Moving in: Security Checklist
Moving in: Security Checklist
Spot Deceptive Sales Scams
Spot Deceptive Sales Scams
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
College Safety Tips
College Safety Tips
College Social Life Safety
College Social Life Safety
Financial Safety Tips
Financial Safety Tips
Fire Safety For Kids
Fire Safety For Kids
Financial Scam Safety
Financial Scam Safety
Home Office Safety Tips
Home Office Safety Tips
Home Security Glossary
Home Security Glossary
Medicine Cabinet Safety
Medicine Cabinet Safety
School Lockdown Procedures
School Lockdown Procedures
Social Media Safety Tips
Social Media Safety Tips
Spring Break Safety Tips
Spring Break Safety Tips
Study Abroad Safety Tips
Study Abroad Safety Tips
Thanksgiving Safety Tips
Thanksgiving Safety Tips
Top Ten Guard Dogs
Top Ten Guard Dogs
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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Three Misconceptions Railroaders Want To Debunk

Two teens look out towards a railroad track.

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

Make Thanksgiving Cooking Safer blog

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

A group of 4th graders on International Walk to School Day.

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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Five Ways to Make Sure Kids Stay Safe Around Fireworks

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Learn how to keep your family during the 4th of July and year-round. 

Everyone loves the Fourth of July—especially my daughter, Lily.  At 4, she is finally old enough to appreciate the fireworks at our local park.  I’m looking forward to seeing her face light up (quite literally) when she watches the display of bangs, bursts and sparkles.

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By Runjit Chandra
June 27, 2019

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The Top 5 Summer Safety Tips

A smiling kid ready to hit the pool.

Get the top 5 summer safety tips to consider this season. 

Summer time means lots of fun and adventures. Here are five safety tips to keep your kids safe whether they’re at home, at play, or on the road.

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By Runjit Chandra
May 31, 2019

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Watching Out for Military Families and Others Living in Federal Housing

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Many families in federal housing are living in dangerous conditions.  

Our mission at Safe Kids is to protect kids from preventable injury, many involving risks in the home. Parents should have the power to prevent such child injuries. Recent developments led us to take action to make sure parents have the power to protect their families when their house or apartment is under the control of the federal government.

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By Anthony Green
May 17, 2019

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Kids Talk about the Gifts and Challenges of Growing up with Dyslexia on Parent Pep Talk Podcast

Growing up with Dyslexia

Growing up with dyslexia can be hard but it can also be a gift.

When I was in third grade, a teacher I didn't know pulled me out of my reading class and asked, “Do you know what a learning disability is?” I shook my head back and forth. She looked me right in the eye, smiled, and said, "It's a gift. You see things differently and you learn things differently than most people, but different is good.”

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By Gary Karton
May 14, 2019

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The 2019 United Nations Global Road Safety Week

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The United Nations Global Road Safety Week is May 6-12, 2019. Read what we’re doing to keep kids safe on the road, all year long. 

Monday, May 6, 2019 is the beginning of the United Nation’s 5th Global Road Safety Week (GRSW). This year’s theme is Leadership for Road Safety. The goal is to mobilize leaders and road safety stakeholders to take action that will help reduce deaths and injuries from road traffic crashes by half by the year 2020.

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By Kristin Rosenthal
May 2, 2019

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A Lesson on Child-proofing for Medicine Safety

A toddler climbs a stool.

Read about one family’s close call with medicine poisoning, their lessons learned and why medicine safety is now a child-proofing priority.

Any parent will tell you that those early days of child-rearing can feel like a wild journey: You do everything you can to prepare yourself, but invariably, there are surprises. A lot of them! And that’s particularly true when it comes to your child’s development.

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By Susan Reilly
April 11, 2019

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Child-Proofing Your Home to Keep Your Child Safe Around Medicine

Pills

For many parents, medicine safety is not a top priority when child-proofing their home. Learn why it’s important to keep all medicine up and out of reach, even medicine you use every day.

When parents think about child-proofing their home, many don’t consider medicine safety a top priority. The reason is that most parents believe that they are already practicing medicine safety: They “store” it up and away, in a safe location like a cabinet or closet.

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By Emily Samuel
March 13, 2019

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Ask an Expert About Child-proofing and Medicine Safety

Medication bottles

Find answers here to your frequently asked questions about medicine safety.

This week’s “Ask An Expert” column helps parents with questions about child-proofing and medicine safety.

Question: My 6-month old looks like she’ll be on the move soon. I’ve already installed safety gates and cabinet locks, but when do I need to move medicine up and away?

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By Emily Samuel
March 13, 2019

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Medicine Safety: Your Questions Answered

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Find answers here to your frequently asked questions about medicine safety.

Here are some questions we frequently receive about medicine safety that can help keep your family safe.

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By Emily Samuel
March 13, 2019

Spring Forward

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Daylight savings is a good time to change your smoke detectors and CO alarms

It’s that time of year again. On Sunday, March 10, the clocks go forward, the days get longer and families get an extra precious hour of daylight. Perfect for moms like me who want our kids outside playing as long as possible.

But what you may not know is that Daylight Savings is also a great time to check your smoke alarms to make sure the batteries are fresh.

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By Editor
March 3, 2019

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America’s Favorite Crossing Guard - And the Winner Is….

America’s Favorite Crossing Guard

After a nationwide contest and with nearly 90,000 votes by supporters, the winner of the America’s Favorite Crossing Guard contest is Chief Lyn Woolford of Ashland, MO!

We are excited to announce the winners of America’s Favorite Crossing Guard!

First Place

Lyn Woolford of Ashland, MO

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By Editor
February 26, 2019

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Dad Shares ‘Humiliating’ Story of Sideline Rage on Youth Sports Episode of The Parent Pep Talk Podcast

New episode on Youth Sports

One dad Takes one for the Team on Parent Pep Talk Podcast by sharing ‘humiliating’ outburst at son’s hockey practice.

When I was a 21-year-old reporter for The Washington Post, one of the first things I learned from the high school sports editor, Neil Greenberger, was that everyone has a great story. I thought about that idea while interviewing Mike Miranda for the youth sports episode of The Parent Pep Talk, which will be released today.

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By Gary Karton
February 14, 2019

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How to Become a CO Pro in 3 Steps

little girl sleeping in bed while mom tucks her in

Make your way to becoming a pro on carbon monoxide safety with these steps. 

As temperatures around the country continue to fall, gas-powered generators and heating units can provide wonderful benefits to families when used properly.

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By Runjit Chandra
January 31, 2019

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New Parenting Podcast Offers Advice and Understanding from Experts, Parents and Teens

The Parent Pep Talk

The Parent Pep Talk, Safe Kids Worldwide’s new parenting podcast, provides perspective, tips, and support.

I’ve always thought of parenting as a team sport. It works better when we can support each other, learn from each other, and understand that we’re not alone. That’s what The Parent Pep Talk podcast is all about, which you can download today on iTunes or your podcast app.

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By Gary Karton
February 1, 2019

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Top Four Lessons Learned from My Internship at Safe Kids Worldwide

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A former intern shares her experience working at Safe Kids Worldwide as the Global Network Intern.

This blog was written by Alisa Hardison, Safe Kids Global Network fall intern.

During the Fall of 2018, I worked at Safe Kids Worldwide as the Network Intern. While the work was challenging and emotional, I learned four important lessons that I will take with me wherever I go in the future. 

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By Editor
December 7, 2018

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Winter Sports Safety Tips for Your Kids

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Parents, learn a few tips to keep your kids safe while they have fun in the snow. 

Whether your kids are snowboarders, figures skaters or just having fun in the snow, here are a few winter sports safety tips to keep them active, healthy and safe.  

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By Editor
December 13, 2018

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