The Ultimate Kids Safety Guide | (2023)

Our children are our most prized treasures. They are the human beings who embody all of our hopes and dreams for the future. We invest in them with our finances, shower them with our attention, and hold them close in hopes to protect them from harm’s way. But according to the Center for Disease Control, among those 0 to 19 years of age, more than 12,000 die each year from unintentional injuries and more than 9.2 million are treated in emergency departments for nonfatal injuries. These astronomical numbers, though disheartening, are just the beginning. Other dangers include school bullying and abductions, and they are enough for some parents to insist on home-school. But for many parents, shielding their kids from harm’s way in a bubble is not the answer. For many, the answer lies in being prepared. We created a guide to help you and your children to be as prepared as possible in the face of the most prominent dangers facing children today.

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Knowing the major causes of both non-fatal and fatal injuries (motor vehicle traffic related incidents and car accidents, suffocation, drowning, falls, being struck by objects, animal bites, and poison) is the first step to preparedness. For a closer look at each of those dangers, for additional resources, and for proactive tips to combatting them, read on.

To prevent burns in children, it is paramount that your house be equipped with fully functioning smoke alarms on every floor. Be sure to test the alarms periodically (once per month) to ensure they are working. Next, it’s also important to create an escape plan that the entire family has practiced and is on board with, which includes a meeting place outside the home. Because home fires are a leading cause of death among children, keeping a home fire extinguisher is also important. But it is also important to note that not all burn dangers come from house fires. There are burns due to water temperature, cooking spills, irons, humidifiers and vaporizers, and electrical cords. And if a burn does occur on your watch, it’s important that you know how best to treat those burns, so as not to make the situation worse.

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Additional Resources:

Mayo Clinic:

Get tips and protocol for how to protect your child from burns of varying degrees and severity, both at home, and in outdoor spaces.

Healthy Children:

The do’s and don’ts of first aid for burns, and how to identify the severity of the burn.

Child Accident Protection Trust:

Safety tips for your entire home. This site allows you to search by child’s age for accuracy.

Stanford Children:

Check out this very thorough and comprehensive guide from Stanford for fire safety and burns prevention.

Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional deaths for children 1-4. Teach your entire family the basics of swimming, floating, and CPR. If you do have a pool in your backyard, be sure to install a secure four-sided isolation fence around the entire pool. The CDC reports that, as far as drowning prevention goes, swimming skills, CPR knowledge, and life jackets are all major contributors to children’s safety. Whether in the pool or out at the lake, ensure that your children are always wearing a life jacket. Closely supervise any child that is near water, even bathtubs, and give them your full, undivided attention. Children are at risk not only near pools, but also around natural bodies of water, and around household hazards. Equally as important, but sometimes overlooked is the phenomenon of Dry Drowning which occurs when water gets inside a child’s lungs causing a sever inflammatory reaction to the water hours after the incident.

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Additional Resources:


Read these 8 life-saving water safety rules all parents should know.

Unfortunately, far too many deaths due to choking, aspiration, suffocation, strangulation, entrapment, and traumatic asphyxia occur in children. But fortunately, most of them are preventable. The American Academy of Pediatrics conducted a thorough study on prevention of choking among children, and found that choking is an important public health problem, and that the prevention of this hazard falls on the education of parents, teachers, child care workers, and caregivers in this realm. Many choking incidents in younger children involve food, so please supervise your child while she is eating. There should be no rough playing or walking or riding in a car while eating, as it only increases the chances of choking. Cut food into small chewable pieces, and accompany food with liquids to help children swallow. Death due to SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) tends to fall within these categories, so it is equally important to be educated and prepared when it comes to SIDS. CPR is something that you and your family can do together, so sign your entire family up for a CPR training course at a local center near you. You never know when you will be called upon to save your child from chocking, or when they may be called to save yours.

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Sleep safety is also a major concern. When it comes to sleeping, make sure your child’s crib sheet fits tightly and remove pillows, toys, or anything your child could potentially choke on from the crib. Younger children are safer when not sleeping with parents or older siblings, as children can be suffocated in these scenarios.

Additional Resources:

Mayo Clinic:

Take a look at this important guide on SIDS put out by the Mayo Clinic including causes, prevention, risk factors, and how to cope.


A quick and coherent guide for steps to follow if your child is choking.

Pro CPR:

Another great video resource, this one specifically geared for a conscious choking infant.

Healthy New York:

A great guide for choking and suffocation prevention in children 19 or younger.

More than 300 children are treated for poisoning on a daily basis in the United States. Poisoning can take many shapes, like the ingestion of cleaning products, perfume, vitamins, and a plethora of other toxic items in the house. The best thing to do is keep all personal care items and cleaning products out of reach of children, and install carbon monoxide detectors to prevent exposure from gas appliances and heaters. It goes without saying that children like to mimic what they see adults do, so please be mindful not to take medication in front of children as they may try to copy.

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Additional Resources:

Baby Center:

A great quick guide for identifying symptoms, treatment, and prevention of poisoning.

American Association of Poison Control Center:

A complete website with many resources, including a toll free number to call (1-800-222-1222) in the event of poison exposure.

Safe Kids:

A straightforward and printable checklist for parents and caretakers on poisoning prevention you can post on the fridge.

Kids in the House:

For tips on preventing poison exposure, watching for symptoms, and taking a proactive approach to prevention, check out this guide from

Kids love animals, this we know. But it is crucial that you keep your kids’ safety the utmost priority. Do not allow your children to disturb animals, no matter how innocent it seems. It might surprise you that 77% of dog bites come from the family dog or a friend’s dog, so never leave your young children or babies unattended with a pet, even if it’s a family pet. Please teach your children to ask permission from a pet’s owner before petting the animal. Running past a dog will naturally instigate it to chase and catch. Insect bites are a little different because insect repellent is not safe for newborns. Cover your baby with clothes, keep windows and doors closed, and keep your baby indoors during those pesky dusk and dawn hours when bugs are particularly ravenous. You can also use a fitted mesh net over carriers and strollers when you do take your baby out. Encourage your older children to avoid popular bug hangouts like flower gardens and garbage cans, and do choose a safe and effective insect repellent for your children. If avoiding a bug bite has proven unsuccessful, you’ll need to treat it with the appropriate attention it deserves.

Additional Resources:

What to Expect:

A guide from for treating mosquito bites in children.

Kids Health:

A first aid guide from for animal bites, prevention, and seeking medical care.

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

A full guide from the Center for Disease Control on preventing bug bites, and specific considerations for children and pregnant mothers.

The Center for Disease Control tells us that for children under 19 years old, falls are the leading cause of non-fatal injuries. Falls can happen at school, on playgrounds, parks, and inside the home. To prevent play-ground fall injuries, check that the surface under playground equipment is safe and soft – no dirt of grass. For preventing falls inside the home, strive to make your home as accident proof (this can also be true for older adults too) as possible by incorporate guards on windows that are above ground level, stair gates, and guard rails. Often overlooked, protecting your child during his/her sports participation is paramount. By insisting on the appropriate protective gear for each sport, you are setting your child up for safety success. Last but not least, there is no substitute for adult supervision. Pay attention to where your kids are playing and what they’re doing, or designate another adult or a sitter to do the supervising. But whenever possible, do not leave your children unsupervised.

Injuries from falling objects is also a big concern. Though not always on the forefront of parent’s minds, many children’s injuries occur from sharp or heavy objects striking them. To ensure your children’s safety, begin by securing any bookcases or heavy furniture to the wall and making sure shelves are fixed in place. By keeping heavy objects on lower shelves and lower areas that are accessible to children, you risk the change that those objects will fall on top of them. Be sure to bolt a television down to something so that it doesn’t fall over, or if it’s a mounted flat screen, make sure it is installed with precision. Any items not intended for children should be placed in a room that the children don’t have access to – picture frames, décor, keepsakes, are just a few. Walk around your home and give your walls a good shake to see what is truly secure and what needs some extra attention. Again, supervising the children at all times also prevents a lot of these injuries.

Additional Resources:

Consumer Products Safety Commission:

For a thorough report on injuries and deaths associated with children’s playground equipment from the Consumer Product Safety Commission, read this article.

Brain Injury Association of America:

This great resource about brain injury as it relates specifically to children covers the symptoms to watch for, the best recovery from trauma, returning to school, concussion, child abuse, and prevention.

There are very specific, designated stages for properly buckling up your children according to their age. Here is a guide to the stages -- get to know them very well and follow them at all times. Properly installing children’s car seats is of the utmost importance. If you don’t risk getting it wrong, there are certified experts you can hire that available to help.

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Additional Resources:

Healthy Children:

A complete and detailed guide for car seat safety from

One of the scariest things a parent has to face is the prospect that their child could one day be abducted. And while abductions certainly do take place (about 100 each year in the U.S), The Polly Klaas Foundation reports that nearly 90% of missing children have simply misunderstood directions, are lost, or have runaway. And while only 1% of yearly kidnappings are of the stranger abduction variety that everyone fears, it is still important to teach children the do’s and don’ts of stranger danger.

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Additional Resources:

Missing Kids:

The National Center for Missing & Exploited children is a comprehensive website for any parent dealing with a missing child.

All Pro Dad:

This list from includes 26 helpful tips on keeping your child safe from abduction.

Kid Power:

A great resource for parents looking to teach self-defense to their young ones in a safe and caring environment.

Over the last decade, bullying has surfaced as a national epidemic. The CDC defines bullying as: unwanted aggressive behavior; observed or perceived power imbalance; and repetition of behaviors or high likelihood of repetition. Bullying can happen to anyone, anywhere, and to children of any age.

Though there is no sure fire way to prevent bullying at this time, shows us that there are warning signs that parents can look out for such as unexplainable injuries, lost or destroyed clothing, books, electronics, or jewelry, frequent headaches or stomach aches, feeling sick or faking illness, changes in eating habits, difficulty sleeping or frequent nightmares, declining grades, loss of interest in schoolwork, sudden loss of friends or avoidance of social situations, and self-destructive behaviors such as running away from home, harming themselves, or talking about suicide. Help recognize the signs of bullying so that you can move forward to putting an end to it. Lastly, it’s important to remember that every bully has a parent or caregiver, and that person might be you. The harsh reality that your child might be the one bullying might be a hard pill to swallow, but it’s your responsibility as a parent to recognize this behavior, and put at end to it.

Additional Resources:

Stop Bullying:

An extensive and useful government website for all things bullying.

Bullying Statistics:

A great resource for understanding the statistics and threat of bullying, as well as other relevant facts

Students Against Destructive Decisions:

A great straightforward two-minute video resource on bullying, put out by Students Against Destructive Decisions.

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How do I know if a website is safe for kids? ›

You can instantly tell if any website is safe by looking for one letter: “s.” Every website address starts with the letters “http,” but you know a site is secure when you see “https.” That means the website itself is taking measures to keep users and their information secure while they use the site.

What are 10 safety rules at home? ›

Top 10 Home Safety Tips For You And Your Friends
  • Get Safety Certificates For Your Home. ...
  • Make Sure Alarms Are In Working Condition. ...
  • Design An Emergency Exit Plan. ...
  • Keep Your Doors Closed and Locked. ...
  • Keep Medicines In A Safe Cabinet. ...
  • Keep The Floor Dry. ...
  • Turn On Security Lights At Night. ...
  • Keep The Laundry Room Locked.
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What are 4 things necessary to keep a child safe? ›

No parent wants to give thought to scary what-ifs, the possibility that our child might need guidance on how to stay safe in life-threatening situations.
Safety tips for every day
  • Never walk alone. ...
  • Wait for your lift indoors. ...
  • Riding in cars with strangers is a no-no. ...
  • Beware of the friendly stranger.
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How do you check if a website is safe and legit? ›

How to check if a website is legit
  1. Study the address bar and URL.
  2. Investigate the SSL certificate.
  3. Check the website for poor grammar or spelling.
  4. Verify the domain.
  5. Check the contact page.
  6. Look up and review the company's social media presence.
  7. Check for the website's privacy policy.

What happens if you use an unsafe website? ›

These dangerous sites typically resemble legitimate websites, and your computer can be attacked by simply visiting a malicious website. You may be prompted to download software that your computer appears to need. A hazardous installation can compromise your machine, and your sensitive information as well.

What are the 4 possible safety issues at home? ›

Some of the most common hazards at home include fire, poisoning and allergies. There may also be risks posed by your home's contents, such as falls, choking, cuts and burns. This is not an exhaustive list, so you may find it useful to do your own research and conduct a risk assessment of your home.

What makes a child feel unsafe? ›

"Parents consider high-rates of single parent families, a lack of trust amongst neighbours, and the presence of graffiti, rundown buildings and heavy traffic as being indicative of an unsafe environment, while children feel safer than their parents if the streets are better lit and if there is more greenery," Côté- ...

What is the most important safety item you should have in your home? ›

A carbon monoxide detector is an essential home safety item to have because carbon monoxide is odorless and tasteless. Without a detector, you won't realize when carbon monoxide is present at dangerous levels. Radon is a radioactive gas that you cannot see, smell, or taste.

What is the Safe at home Checklist? ›

Safety Tips for Any Home

Keep emergency numbers on every phone; include fire, police, your doctor(s), ambulance service and the poison control hotline (1-800-222-1222). Make sure your house number is visible from the street. Install smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors on every floor.

What are the basic house rules? ›

Examples of common family rules:
  • No hurting. Keep your hands and feet to yourself.
  • No interrupting. Wait for your turn to speak.
  • No yelling in the house. Use an inside voice when talking in the house.
  • No climbing or jumping on furniture. Sit on the couch or lie down on the bed.
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What are the 7 safety rules all kids should know? ›

The 7 Safety Rules All Kids Should Know
  • Know home address and phone numbers. ...
  • Never go anywhere with a stranger. ...
  • No one is allowed to touch you. ...
  • Don't post or give out personal information or passwords online. ...
  • Know how and when to call 911. ...
  • No adult should ask them to keep secrets. ...
  • Trust their gut.
Oct 1, 2016

What are safety concerns for 7 year olds? ›

Injuries from drowning, falls, fires, and bike accidents are top concerns, so it's important they learn to stay safe, while still letting them be kids. At this age, their well-being is still in your hands, so teach and remind them to explore the world safely.

What are 3 things to look for on a website to check that it is safe to use? ›

How to know if a website is secure?
  • Check the SSL certificate. A secure URL always begins with “HTTPS” at the start instead of “HTTP”. ...
  • Analyze if the site has a modern theme. ...
  • Use security tools to evaluate the site. ...
  • Check the URL. ...
  • Be wary of security seals. ...
  • Find out who owns the site. ...
  • Escape spam.
Sep 8, 2020

What are some signs of an unsafe website? ›

Here are the most prevalent tell-tale signs of a threatening website and some ways that you can protect yourself:
  • Never click on a link embedded in an email. ...
  • Use your common sense. ...
  • Look for signs of legitimacy. ...
  • Read the URL carefully. ...
  • If it looks too good to be true, it probably is. ...
  • Check the properties of any links.

How do I make sure a website is safe to buy from? ›

8 Ways to Know If Online Stores Are Safe and Legit
  1. Use the free McAfee WebAdvisor to check for safe sites. ...
  2. Check the padlock in the address bar. ...
  3. Verify the website's trust seal. ...
  4. Use the Google Transparency Report. ...
  5. Check the company's social media presence. ...
  6. Analyze the overall look of the website.

Can your phone be hacked through a website? ›

Fake or malicious websites can hack your phone through sophisticated drive-by downloads that can launch an attack without any user interaction such as clicking a link or downloading a file. Even legitimate websites can be abused by hackers to infect your device via malvertising pop-ups and banners.

What types of websites should you avoid? ›

The Most Dangerous Websites on the Internet: 4 Sites You Should Avoid like the Plague
  • Explicit Websites. 78.1 million people per day visit explicit sites, and there are millions of people on them at once. ...
  • Email Attachments From People You Do Not Know. ...
  • Video Downloading Sites. ...
  • Websites That Are Too Good to Be True.

Should you delete suspicious emails? ›

Malicious emails are one way that hackers try to get access to your private information. If you receive a spam email, you should delete it immediately—do not open any attachments or click any links. It only takes one wrong click, and hackers can gain access to your entire computer.

What are three things you should do to be safe in your home? ›

13 easy home security tips you should know
  • Lock your doors and windows. ...
  • Install a home alarm system. ...
  • Install motion detector lighting. ...
  • Add a deadbolt protector. ...
  • Reinforce sliding doors. ...
  • Buy a home security camera. ...
  • Keep spare keys in a lock box. ...
  • Don't overshare on social media.

What are three rules at home? ›

Here is a sample list of household rules.
  • Treat People and Property With Respect.
  • Knock on Closed Doors Before Entering.
  • Pick up After Yourself.
  • Electronics Curfew.
  • Make Amends When You Hurt Someone.
  • Tell the Truth.
  • Practice Good Dental and Body Hygiene.
  • Attend Family Meetings.
Oct 5, 2022

What are 3 fire safety rules for kids? ›

Keep children at least 3 feet away from stoves, heaters or anything that gets hot. Keep smoking materials locked up in a high place. Never leave cigarette lighters or matches where children can reach them. Never play with lighters or matches when you are with your children.

What are 4 common accidents that occur at home? ›

  • Falls. Falls are among the most common household accidents, especially for young children and the elderly, and they can lead to serious injuries like concussions, broken bones and even death. ...
  • Cuts. ...
  • Poisoning. ...
  • Burns and fire safety. ...
  • Drowning.
Oct 11, 2017

What is the most common hazard at home? ›

We have put together this quick guide to alert you to the hazards in your home so that you can keep your family as safe as possible.
  1. Falls. Falls are the leading cause of death when it comes to home accidents. ...
  2. Poisoning. ...
  3. Carbon Monoxide. ...
  4. Fire Hazards. ...
  5. Drowning. ...
  6. Choking. ...
  7. Sharp Objects. ...
  8. Stoves.

What browser is safe for kids? ›

Pikluk Web Browser

Pikluk is a kids' web browser that gives control of content to parents. Uniquely, it is also an email system. With Pikluk, parents filter the websites that they don't want their children to visit. They are able to block entire sites, pages, videos, and pictures.

What websites are not for kids? ›

List of websites to block for kids
  • Twitter. Twitter is a social media popular among all over the world. ...
  • YikYak. YikYak is an anonymous social media platform popular among young teenagers. ...
  • Kik. ...
  • Omegle. ...
  • Chatroulette. ...
  • 4Chan. ...
  • Ask.FM. ...
  • Tinder.
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What can decide the websites that kids can visit and block those that are inappropriate? ›

Parental controls allow you to block and filter upsetting or inappropriate content. They work across your WiFi, phone network, individual apps and devices. Parental controls can help you to: plan what time of day your child can go online and how long for.


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