Five Minutes or Less for Health Weekly Tip: Protect Your Kids

protect your kidsChildren are at high risk for injuries that can lead to death or disability, including burns, drowning, falls, poisoning, and road traffic injuries. Use these tips to ensure your kids are safe.

  • Set your water heater’s thermostat to 120 degrees Fahrenheit or lower to help prevent burns from scalding water.
  • Don’t leave food unattended on the stove or other hot surfaces.
  • When your kids participate in outdoor activities, make sure they put on appropriate protective gear such as wrist guards, knee and elbow pads, helmets, and life jackets.
  • Supervise kids around cooking surfaces, bodies of water, stairs, and playground equipment.
  • Use seat belts, child safety seats, and booster seats as appropriate for a child’s age and size when riding in a motor vehicle.
  • Make sure children ages 13 and under ride in the back seat. Avoid placing children in front of airbags.
  • Put medicines, cleaning solutions, and other dangerous products in locked or child-proof cabinets.
  • Place the poison control phone number (1-800-222-1222) on all landline and cell phones.
  • Read directions and warnings on labels before giving medicines to children.
  • Create a smoke-free environment for your child.

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Page last reviewed: June 2, 2015