Child Safety

The leading killer of children is injuries that occur in or near the child’s own home. This year, more than 10,000 youngsters under age 14 will die from injuries and another 1 million will be injured badly enough to need medical treatment. Most of these injuries can be prevented by following these safety tips.



A child’s skin can burn from heat – not just fire — because the skin is thinner than that of an adult.



Choking and suffocation


In case of poisoning, parents should always contact the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 for information. Do not follow the first-aid instructions on any container, as this information often is inaccurate and outdated. Parents should call 9-1-1 if their child has convulsions, stops breathing or becomes unconscious.


Outside hazards

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