Kids are going to fall, crash, slip, and explore. It’s part of being a kid. But we can protect them from severe injuries with a few simple tips.
In honor of Safe Kids Day on May 18, we’re calling on everyone to raise awareness and get involved so all children around the world have the chance to grow up healthy and safe, and do all the great things kids were meant to do.
Did you know that around the world, a child dies from an unintentional injury every 30 seconds? And millions of children are injured in ways that can affect them for a lifetime. But we can fix that. The important thing to remember about preventable injuries is that they’re preventable. They often occur in predictable ways and can be completely avoided with the right education, awareness, and planning.
Safe Kids Worldwide works with an extensive network of more than 600 coalitions in the United States and with partners in 23 countries around the world to reduce injuries from motor vehicles, sports, drownings, falls, burns, poisonings, and more.
When it comes to safety for your children, you know the basics: buckle up, wear a helmet, learn to swim, look both ways. Here are some lesser-known tips to make your family even safer in seven easy steps.
About 73 percent of car seats are not installed correctly, but we can show you how to make sure your kid’s ride is safe.
Every week, a child dies from a television or furniture tip-over. Check your house for furniture a child might try to climb and for TVs that could topple.
When a young child dies from a residential fire, a smoke alarm is usually either not working or not present. And carbon monoxide is not detectable, so your family needs both types of alarms.
Every 8 minutes, a child goes to the ER for medicine poisoning, and almost 9 times out of 10, the medicine belongs to an adult. Look at your house from a child’s perspective to see what they can see or reach.
They come in musical greeting cards, remote controls, and key fobs. And of course, little kids pop them into their mouths in an instant. This happens more often than you might think-- there are about 10 phone calls a day to poison control centers.
To keep kids staying active and enjoying sports, young athletes and coaches need to know how to stay hydrated, stretch thoroughly, use the right equipment, and recognize the signs and symptoms of concussions.
Distraction impacts driving, walking, bath time, just about everything. Here’s our challenge: take a month to notice times when you or your kids are distracted. Help each other remember to put down the phone (or whatever is diverting you) and focus on looking out for each other.
Read more about the Safer In 7 Challenge and Safe Kids Day here.