Always remember, safety first!
Kids are going to fall, crash, slip and tumble. It’s all part of being a kid, and we wouldn't want
it any other way. But there are little things we can all do to ensure that kids avoid the more serious injuries that can lead
to disabilities and even death.
Home -- it's where children grow and learn, the place where they find comfort, love and care. It's where they can see,
touch, explore and experience the world around them, so their minds and bodies develop properly. It's also a place where children
need to feel safe.
However, home injuries are a leading source of accidental death for children. Almost 21 million medical visits and 20,000 deaths each year are the result of accidents in the home [source: Home Safety Council ]. Media reports bring attention to the possible accidents that can occur, such as being bitten by a trusted pet, choking
on balloons or wandering out the front door.
Fortunately, home injuries are largely avoidable through education and prevention. Parents can take proactive steps to
childproof the home and keep their children safe by teaching them a few practical rules.
Safety Tips for Kids
- I know my full name, my parent's names, and our address and phone number.
- I know when and how to use 911 and 0. I know I can dial 911 and 0 from a pay phone without any money.
- I never put my name on my clothes, jewelry, caps or belongings where people can see it.
- I tell my parents about things that happen to me that make me feel scared, uncomfortable or sad.
- I know the difference between a good secret and a bad secret. A good secret is fun to keep, like a surprise party. A bad
secret feels bad to keep, and telling my parents about it doesn’t make me a “tattle tale.”
- Strangers: I know that a stranger is anyone I don’t know well. Even people I recognize - like the mailman
or ice cream truck driver - are strangers, and that someone can be a stranger even if they look nice or know my name. I never
tell strangers my name or where I live.
- Buddy System: I use the “buddy system” and avoid walking or playing alone outside and in public places.
- Walking: When I walk down the street, I always face traffic so that I can see if someone stops their car near me.
I never take short cuts through deserted areas like creeks or vacant lots.
- Yell NO, Run and Tell: I know that yelling and running are better safety ideas than trying to hide. If a stranger
approaches me, I will YELL “No,” RUN to where there are safe adults, and TELL an adult.
- Safe Distance: I know to stay a safe distance (approximately three arm-lengths) away from strangers and stranger’s
cars, even if a stranger seems nice. I know to run in the direction opposite from the direction the stranger’s car is
- Fight Back: It is okay to yell and fight; anything to get the stranger to let go. Yelling is the most important
thing I can do, and to yell, “No!” “Help!” or “Fire!” to get an adult’s attention.
- Home Safety: I keep all the doors and windows locked when I am home alone, and to go to a neighbor and call 911
if a window is broken or if the door is open when I get home. I know how to call my parents or a neighbor if I get frightened
when I’m home alone.
- Doorbell Safety: I answer the door by asking, “Who is it?” I never say that I am alone, and never open
the door when I am alone, unless it is someone my parents told me to expect and let in. When I am alone, I always talk through
the door and say, “My parents are busy now, I’ll tell them you stopped by.” If the person does not leave,
I know to call “911.”
- Phone Safety: I never say that I am alone when a stranger calls. I let the answering machine screen calls or say,
“Mom/Dad can’t come to the phone now, can I take a message?” If someone is making strange noises, saying
scary things, or not saying anything, I will hang up the phone.
- Internet Safety: I know never to give my last name, address, or phone number to a person on the Internet, and that
it is never safe to meet Internet friends in person without my parent’s supervision and consent.