Safety and Injury Prevention

Know the types of burns you can get and how to keep you and your family safe.

Choking hazards in the home: round, firm foods, such as grapes and popcorn, and small nonfood items, such as coins, balloons, and marbles.

Infants and children under age 4 are particularly at risk for choking on food or small objects because their upper airways are smaller, and they tend to explore things with their mouths.

Because most accidental child strangulations, chokings, and suffocations happen in the home, it's important to carefully childproof your residence.

Falls are the most common cause of injury visits to the emergency room for young children. Falls cause more open wounds, fractures, and brain injuries than any other cause.

Detailed information on falls and preventing injuries and death in children

Children are at increased risk for serious fire and burn injuries and death because they have thinner skin than adults. This results in burns at lower temperatures.

Detailed information on fire safety and burns and preventing injuries and death in children

Detailed information on fire and burn safety

Detailed information on firearm safety and preventing injuries and death in children

Detailed information on safety and injury prevention of children

As part of your preparation for your new baby, you probably got an infant safety seat for the car. But do you know how to make sure it’s installed properly? And when do you switch to a child safety seat? Learn the ins and outs of safe car travel for your little one.

Detailed information on motor vehicle safety, including installing and using child safety seats and booster seats

Children are at higher risk for pedestrian injury and death because they often don't understand traffic rules or the danger that vehicles pose. In addition, parents and caregivers often overestimate a child's traffic skills.

Detailed information on safety and injury prevention of children

High-risk situations include faulty or ill-fitting safety gear and equipment, lack of adult supervision, and an unsafe playing environment.

Detailed information on sports safety, including safety gear and equipment

Because they are still growing, children are more susceptible to sports injuries. Half of those injuries could be prevented with proper safety gear, safer playing environments, and established safety rules.

Small toys or toys with small removal parts are not appropriate for children ages 3 and younger.

Detailed information on toy safety and injury prevention in children

To make sure a toy is appropriate for your young child, check the label. In general, most toys on the market today are safe.

Here you will find preventive steps to protect children from drowning in homes, pools, and open waters, such as lakes, rivers, and oceans

Preventive steps parents can take to protect their children from drowning.

If your children are around bodies of water on a regular basis, learn CPR. CPR can save lives, reduce the severity of injury, and improve the chance of survival.

Detailed information on bicycle, in-line skating, and skateboarding safety

Skateboards should never be used on surface streets. Your child should wear protective gear, such as helmets, padding, and closed-toe and slip-resistant shoes.

Suicide is when a teen causes his or her own death on purpose. Before trying to take his or her own life, a teen may have thoughts of wanting to die. Read on to learn how to recognize the warning signs, and how to get your teen help.

Detailed information on firearm safety and prevention

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