Five Minutes or Less for Health Weekly Tip: Protect Your Kids
Children 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.
All Five Minutes or Less for Health Weekly Tips
- Make Health Your Resolution
- Take Folic Acid
- Lower Your Risk for Cervical Cancer
- Learn the Signs and Symptoms of a Heart Attack
- Wear Red for Heart Health
- 5 Tools for Pregnant Women, New Moms, and Women Who Are Considering Pregnancy
- Be a Healthy Valentine
- Prevent Infections During Pregnancy
- Wear a Helmet
- Limit Alcohol and Prevent Prescription Drug Overdose
- Watch for Milestones
- Prevent STDs
- Garden Safely
- Page last reviewed: June 2, 2015
- Page last updated: June 2, 2015
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