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Unintentional Injury Risk Fact Sheet

Unintentional Injury is the number one cause of death in children age 0-14. Male children have a higher risk of unintentional injury than female children and younger children most often suffer fatal injuries.


100 Tips to Make Your House Safer in 2012

Safety doesn’t take a lot of time, but it does take thought and planning. Pick one, 10 or 100 of the things below and get started today. It will only take a few moments to read and remember...and possibly avoid a catastrophic accident.

  1. If young children live in or visit your home, know your window type and make sure they do not pose a risk for accidental falls. >> WINDOWS THAT POSE A RISK
  2. Test each smoke alarm in your home
  3. Replace the batteries in each smoke alarm
  4. Count how many smoke alarms you have in your house. If you do not have one on every level and near sleeping areas, purchase additional smoke alarms
  5. Designate an outside meeting place for your family (for example: the mailbox) in case of a fire or emergency
  6. Blow out candles before leaving the room or going to sleep
  7. Use a sturdy candle holder or hurricane lamp
  8. Turn down your hot water heater to 120 degrees or less to prevent burns
  9. Roll up your sleeves before you start cooking
  10. Have oven mitts nearby when cooking
  11. Turn pot handles toward the back of the stove
  12. Store all matches and lighters out of reach of children
  13. Put hot food and drinks near the center of the table only
  14. Put down your hot drink when carrying your baby
  15. Test hot water with an elbow before allowing a child to touch
  16. Post your fire escape plan on your refrigerator
  17. Put water on cigarette butts before throwing them away
  18. Unplug small appliances such as hair dryers and toasters after using them
  19. Use flameless candles
  20. Move anything that can burn, like dish towels, at least three feet away from the stove
  21. Practice “Stop, Drop and Roll” with your kids
  22. Schedule an appointment to have your furnace cleaned and inspected
  23. Look for the UL Mark when you buy appliances
  24. Tell kids to stay away from the stove/oven
  25. Turn space heaters off before going to bed
  26. Remove any gasoline from your home
  27. Put non-slip strips in your tub and shower
  28. Install night lights in the hallway
  29. Put a flashlight in each bedroom
  30. Wipe up spills as soon as they happen to prevent slips and falls
  31. Use a sturdy Christmas tree stand
  32. Water your Christmas tree every day
  33. Keep your Christmas tree at least three feet away from any heat source
  34. Inspect your Christmas lights for signs of damage
  35. Flip over large buckets so water cannot accumulate and become a drowning danger
  36. Store cleaners and other poisons away from food
  37. Post the Poison Control hotline number (1-800-222-1222) next to your phone
  38. If you have children, use cabinet locks on cabinets that have poisons like antifreeze, cleaners, detergents,
  39. Keep medicine in its original containers
  40. Purchase a carbon monoxide detector for your home
  41. Test your carbon monoxide (CO) alarm
  42. Put your infant to sleep on his/her back
  43. Remove any soft bedding, stuffed animals and pillows from your infant’s crib
  44. Cut your toddler’s food into small bites
  45. Use safety straps on high chairs and changing tables
  46. Check to see if any items in your home (including cribs) have been recalled
  47. Move cribs away from windows
  48. Use safety covers on unused electrical outlets
  49. Test small toys for choking hazards – if it fits in a toilet paper roll, it’s too small
  50. Remove all plastic bags from the nursery
  51. Pick up any small items, such as coins or buttons, that can be choking hazards for infants and toddlers
  52. Write down emergency contact information for your family and make sure everyone has these numbers
  53. Tie window cords out of a child’s reach
  54. Check your child’s bath water temperature (use your wrist or elbow) to make sure it is not too hot
  55. Remove drawstrings from your baby’s clothing
  56. Keep the toilet lid shut to prevent little fingers from getting slammed by a falling lid
  57. If you have toddlers, install a toilet seat lock
  58. If you have young children, install door knob covers on bathroom doors
  59. Use a fireplace screen
  60. Put toys away after playing
  61. Don’t refer to medicine or vitamins as “candy”
  62. Put on safety glasses before any DIY project
  63. Put tools away after your DIY project is complete
  64. Post emergency numbers near your phone
  65. Pick up one new thing for your family’s emergency preparedness kit
  66. Use a ladder, not a chair, when climbing to reach something
  67. Use plastic instead of glass near the pool
  68. Cover any spa or hot tub when it is not in use
  69. Purchase a first aid kit
  70. Drain the bath tub immediately after bathing
  71. Remove clutter from the stairs
  72. Use the handrail when you are walking up or down the stairs
  73. If the power goes out, use flashlights instead of candles
  74. Ask smokers to smoke outside
  75. Wear proper shoes when climbing a ladder
  76. Check your home for too many plugs in one socket and fix the problem
  77. Install baby gates at the top and bottom of stairs if you have young children
  78. Never leave food cooking unattended
  79. Make sure pools or spas are properly fenced to keep out small children
  80. Teach kids to tell you when they see matches or lighters
  81. Turn out the lights when you leave the room
  82. Unplug appliances that aren’t in use (especially in the kitchen)
  83. Take your hair dryer off of the bathroom counter and store it safely
  84. Check your electronics for the UL Mark
  85. Identify two exits from every room with your kids in case of fire
  86. Check your holiday decorations – keep breakable decorations out of reach of young children
  87. Replace an old light bulb with a new energy-efficient option
  88. Check the walls for loose paint chips and re-paint with low-VOC or VOC-free paint
  89. Check all the outlets in your home for overloaded sockets or extension cords
  90. Remove any extension cords that are pulled under rugs or tacked up
  91. Place fire extinguishers in key areas of your home
  92. Place an escape ladder in an upstairs room that might not have an easy exit
  93. Remove any painted furniture that is pre-1978 to avoid possible lead exposure
  94. Lock medications safely in a cabinet
  95. Consider low-flow toilets
  96. Check that all major appliances are grounded and test your GFCIs
  97. Clean the lint trap and hose on your dryer
  98. Check your swing set for sharp edges or dangerous S-hooks
  99. Take a tour of your home from your child’s perspective looking for hazards
  100. Hold a family fire drill

Safety Tips for the Holiday Season

We have compiled some basic and also some child specific safety tips for the holidays. We will post the information in three parts. Part I deals with Christmas tree and lights/electrical safety. Please take some time to review these helpful and informative tips.

Helpful Links

We have done extensive research on unintended injuries resulting in death or serious injury of young children. The article and website links below are some that we found to be the most informative and helpful in the areas of injury prevention and child safety:


One song can spark a moment
One flower can wake the dream
One tree can start a forest
One bird can herald spring
One smile begins a friendship
One handclasp lifts a soul
One star can guide a ship at sea
One work can frame the goal
One vote can change a nation
One sunbeam lights a room
One candle wipes out darkness
One laugh will conquer gloom
One step must start each journey
One word must start a prayer
One hope will raise our spirits
One touch can show you care
One vice can speak with wisdom
One heart can know what's true
One life can make a difference
That difference starts with YOU.

~ Unknown

All of you reading these words have loved someone,

have done someone a kindness,

have healed a wound,

have taken on a challenge,

have created something beautiful,

and have enjoyed breathing the air of existence.

Every moment you can make a difference.