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Home Safety
As part of our Safe Kids mission to help educate both parents and children, here are some helpful home safety publications:
  • Burn Safety Flier (for Parents)
  • Fire Safety Flier (for Parents)
  • Home Safety Tip Sheet (for parents)  NEW
  • Activity Book (for children)
  • Medicine Safety

    On average, every eight minutes a child is being treated at an emergency room for medicine poisoning. It happens because a child, in a moment when a parent or caregiving isn't looking, gets into medicines. There are some preventative steps that parents and caregivers can take to reduce the chances of these incidents.
    Click here for a flier with information you will want at your fingertips.

    Parents and grandparents who act as caregivers to young children can get busy with the day in-day out demands of life and easily forget the medicine dangers lurking in a home. This flier provides the Poison Help Phone Number (1-800-222-1222) and some statistics that demonstrate the need for parents and grandparents to protect children from their prescribed medicine(s).

    Tip-Over Hazards Sending Children to the ER

    Baby crawling at television

    Click here to read a Safekids report on "The Dangers of TV Tip-Overs.

    Protecting kids from the potential risk of tip-overs by making sure furniture and TVs are secured is an important way to help keep them safe.

  • A new research report entitled “ A Report to The Nation on Home Safety: The Dangers of TV Tip-Overs” was released by Safe Kids Worldwide and SANUS® that revealed from 2000 to 2010, on average every three weeks, a child dies from a television tipping over.
  • Every 45 minutes, or less than the length of a Sesame Street episode, a child is sent to the emergency department due to a TV tip-over.
  • Nearly 13,000 children aged 19 and under are injured in the U.S. each year by a television tipping over -- a 31 percent increase over the last ten years.
  • Read more in this safety tip flier.

    Fire Safety: Smoke Detectors are the First Line of Defense

    The best way to keep a guard for fires in your home, especially at night time, is a smoke detector. The City of Jacksonville Fire Department says a working smoke alarm doubles the chance of survival in a house fire by warning residents, and giving them time to escape. Firefighters suggest a smoke detector be put on each level of the home, especially near stairwells and bedrooms. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for installation. Change the batteries in the detectors twice a year when the clocks are changed to, or from Daylight Savings Time.

    It is also important to plan and practice a family fire escape plan with your children. For more details, read these fire and home safety tips.

    Coin-sized Batteries Can Easily Be Swallowed

    Read about booster seats, threat from coin-sized batteries, and drop-side crib safety. Click here for more information

    Keeping Children with Special Needs Safe in the Home
    View a series of safety videos highlighting how you can take precautions in the home to help prevent injuries to children with physical, developmental or cognitive disabilities.
    Click here for more details...

     
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