Child Safety

Safety Tips Outside of the Home

General outdoor, car and transportation safety

Yard Safety

  • Remove plants that are poisonous or that may attract bees
  • Fix or replace decaying steps and deck boards
  • Cover all window wells
  • Fence in the yard if allowed and lock gates
  • Cut low branches of trees so they cannot be climbed

Safety in the play area

  • Don’t use toxic pesticides or other harsh chemical garden products
  • Be sure the area is well-drained
  • Be sure angles or openings are large enough not to entrap a child’s head or body

Drowning can happen in a matter of minutes and it doesn’t matter if you have an in-ground pool or small, child-size wading pool. Here are some pool safety tips:

  • Children may not enter the pool area without an adult who can swim
  • Store chemicals and equipment away from children (keep them locked up)
  • Never leave children unattended

Bicycle Safety

  • Children must wear helmets - set an example by wearing a helmet yourself
  • Find a safe place to ride - younger children should only ride on the sidewalk
  • Children should wear bright colors so they can be seen easily
  • Obey traffic signs and signals

Car and Transportation Safety (AAP Recomendations)

Infants/Toddlers (Birth to 2 years)

  • Be sure to use a rear-facing infant seat or rear-facing convertible seat
  • Use until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by their car safety seat’s manufacturer.

Preschoolers/Toddlers (2-4 years)

  • Children 2 years of age or older, or younger than 2 years who have outgrown the rear-facing weight or height limit for their car safety seat, should use a Forward-Facing Car Safety Seat with a harness for as long as possible, up to the highest weight or height allowed by their car safety seat’s manufacturer.

School Aged Children (4-12 years)

  • Children whose weight or height is above the forward-facing limit for their car safety seat should use a Belt-Positioning Booster Seat until the vehicle seat belt fits properly, typically when they have reached 4 feet 9 inches in height and are between 8 and 12 years of age.

Older Children (13+ years)

  • When children are old enough and large enough to use the vehicle seat belt alone, they should always use Lap and Shoulder Seat Belts for optimal protection. All children younger than 13 years should be restrained in the Rear Seats of vehicles for optimal protection.

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