National Safety Month
Protect Your Child from Injury
Children are at high risk for injuries. But there are things you can do to lower the chances that your child will get hurt.
Leading causes of injury and death for children include:
- Car crashes
- Accidental poisoning
The good news is that you can help prevent injuries from events like these by taking simple safety steps.
Prevent injuries inside and outside your home.
Be prepared and learn basic steps to protect your child.
- Use a car seat, booster seat, or seat belt that’s right for your child’s size and age – on every trip.
- Teach your child to swim, and closely watch your child in or near water.
- Keep medicines, vitamins, and cleaning products where your child can’t see or reach them.
- Use smoke alarms. Make and practice a fire escape plan for your home.
- Make sure your child wears the right safety gear (like a helmet or pads) when playing sports or doing other physical activity.
- Create a safe sleeping area for your baby. Keep soft objects (like pillows, blankets, crib bumpers, or toys) out of the crib. Always put babies to sleep on their back.
Keep your child safe in the car.
Make sure your child is always buckled in.
- Choose a car seat or booster seat that’s right for your child’s size and age – and for the car.
- Get your child’s safety seat inspected by a certified child passenger safety technician. The technician will show you how to install and use the car seat the right way.
- Have kids age 12 and under ride in the back seat. Make sure they are always buckled in correctly.
Set a good example.
- Always buckle your seat belt when you drive or ride in a car.
- Never drive after drinking alcohol or using drugs.
- Never read or send texts while driving.
- Follow the speed limit and keep a safe distance between your car and the cars ahead of you.
- Get tips on how to keep your child safe in and around a car.
- Check out this fact sheet on child passenger safety.
Protect kids in and near water.
- Never leave young kids alone in the bathtub – not even for a second. If you have to answer the phone or doorbell, take them with you.
- Teach your kids how to float, and sign them up for swim lessons as soon as they are ready. This can be as early as age 1.
- If there is a pool where you live, be sure it has a fence around all 4 sides. The fence should separate the pool from the house and yard.
- Watch your kids closely at the pool and beach. Follow these tips for safe swimming.
- Make sure your kids wear a life jacket when boating. Use life jackets that fit well and are approved by the U.S. Coast Guard. Find out how to choose the right life jacket.
- Get more tips to protect your kids from drowning.
Create a safe place for your baby to sleep.
Suffocation is when a person can’t breathe. Babies are most at risk for suffocation when they sleep.
To help your baby sleep safely:
- Always put your baby to sleep on his or her back, even for naps.
- Don’t put your baby to sleep on an adult bed, couch, or chair.
- Use a firm sleep surface, like a crib mattress that’s been approved for safety and is covered by a fitted sheet.
- Keep soft objects, including pillows, loose bedding, toys, and crib bumpers out of the crib.
- Share a room with your baby, but not a bed.
- Learn more about how to keep your baby safe during sleep.