Protect Your Child from Injury

The Basics
Children are at high risk for injuries. Take steps to keep your child from getting hurt.

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Make sure your child wears the right safety gear (like a helmet and pads) when playing sports.

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The Basics

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Children are at high risk for injuries. But there are things you can do to lower the chances that your child will get hurt.

Leading causes of injury and death for children include:

The good news is that you can help prevent injuries from events like these by taking simple safety steps.

Prevent injuries inside and outside your home.

Be prepared and learn basic steps to protect your child.


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Keep your child safe in the car.

Make sure your child is always buckled in.

Set a good example.

Learn more:

Protect kids in and near water.

Keep medicines and cleaning products out of your child’s reach.

Put smoke alarms on every floor of your home.

Use long-life smoke alarms if possible. These alarms use lithium batteries and last longer than regular smoke alarms. They also have a “hush button” so you can stop the alarm quickly if there’s a false alarm.

If you use regular smoke alarms, replace the batteries every year. To help you remember, change your smoke alarm batteries when you change your clocks back from daylight saving time in the fall.

Follow these other tips on smoke alarms:

Make a fire escape plan for your home.
Make a fire escape plan to get out of your home quickly in an emergency. Be sure your plan includes a safe place away from the house where everyone can meet.

Play safely.

Make sure your child wears a helmet during activities like riding a bike or skateboarding.

Use helmets and other safety gear to help protect your child’s head, face, wrists, elbows, and knees.

At the playground, check for soft landing spots under swings, slides, and climbers. Landing spots made of mulch, sand, or rubber mats are safer than grass and dirt.

Use this playground safety checklist to help make sure your local playground is a safe place to play.

Get more tips to protect your kids from:

Keep your baby safe during sleep.

Suffocation is when a person can’t breathe. Babies are most at risk for suffocation when they sleep.

To help your baby sleep safely:


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