Children experience the most accidents and injuries (about 2 million at year) at home and about 2,500 children die due to home related injuries every year (in the United States).  There are some easy ways to help child-proof your home and to keep your child safe in the event of an emergency.

Child Home Safety Tips

  • Keep a first aid kit in the house.  Make sure everyone in the family (and any additional child caregivers like babysitters) know where it is and keep it well stocked with basic first aid supplies.
  • Do not leave children under 12-years-of-age in the house alone.  And do not leave children under 12 to take care of younger children.
  • Install smoke alarms throughout the home, including outside the kitchen and inside all bedrooms.
  • Keep all chemicals and cleaning supplies in a locked cabinet or out-of-reach of children.
  • Post emergency numbers, (including police, ambulance, doctor, fire department and poison control), near every telephone in the house.
  • Use outlet covers on all outlets not currently being used and unplug appliances when not in use.
  • Keep all lighters and matches out-of-reach of children or in a locked drawer.
  • Keep all knives, scissors, and sharp instruments (including tools) out-of-reach of children or locked up.
  • Practice first aid, CPR and rescue breathing with your family members at least every 6 months.
  • If you have a firearm, keep it locked up and keep the bullets locked up in a separate location.  Discuss the danger of firearms with your children and make sure they know to never, ever play with a firearm, even if they think it’s not loaded.
  • Install fire extinguishers in at least the kitchen and garage.

Will these basic precautions, you can help ensure that your home is safe for your children. Keep them safe by child-proofing your home and when they are away use a personal tracking device to watch over them for safety.