Child Safety Resource Guide
According to the World Health Organization, a whopping 90 percent of child injuries are accidental, with the leading causes including drowning and car crashes. Yet, child-related dangers don’t just lurk within swimming pools or on roadways. Dangerous situations can also occur in homes, driveways and online. Fortunately, many of these injuries can be prevented if appropriate safety measures are taken. Below you’ll discover over 40 high-quality, informative child safety resources that you can utilize immediately to help prevent any children in your care from becoming victims of needless injury.
General Child Safety Resources
Within this general resources section, you’ll find a link to a child safety kit, child-friendly activities to teach safety and many more child safety resources.
Child Safety Information and Resources – Find book recommendations, coloring sheets and fun activities that you can use with your children to help them learn about safety.
Staying Home Alone – This guide details a number of important factors that you should consider or go over before you allow your child to stay home alone.
Child Safe Kit – Anyone can request this free, no-cost Child Safe Kit that allows users to record their child’s vital statistics and medical information and keep it in a readily accessible place if needed.
Make Safe Happen – From Nationwide Insurance comes various tips and tools that can be used by caregivers to prevent accidental childhood injuries.
Childproofing Experts.com – This site, founded by the International Association for Child Safety, offers information for keeping homes, daycares and play facilities safe.
Child Fire Safety Resources
This section is packed full of fire safety resources such as fire prevention tips, printable posters, pet fire safety, printable activities and games.
Firefacts.org – The parent informational resource section of this site provides plenty of tips for fire safety at home. It also has an educator section and a kid zone.
U.S. Fire Administration – This site provides various resources for adults and children such as printable posters, door hangers, shareable social media messages, lessons and much more.
Fire Prevention Tips – Find fire prevention tips for young people that are categorized into groups ranging from newborn to age 19.
Fire Safe Kids – This site makes learning about fire safety fun by providing games, printable coloring and activity sheets and a link that allows children to ask questions about fire safety to real firefighters.
Fire Safety for Kids – Protect and educate your kids by utilizing this site from the American Red Cross, which includes links to information about pet fire safety and how to recover from a home fire.
Child Water Safety Resources
Whether you’re near a pool, lake or ocean, it’s important to ensure your child is safe. Find out about products to prevent drowning and other safety tips below.
How to Prevent Drowning in a Pool – A vast number of safety products exist for keeping children from drowning in a swimming pool. Find out about some of the best gadgets available.
Water Safety – This site from the American Red Cross offers water safety tips for people who are in, on or around the water.
8 Life-Saving Water Safety Rules Every Parent Needs to Know – Find out how make almost every body of water safe for children with these helpful tips from Parents.com.
How to Choose the Right Life Jacket – This handy brochure from the United States Coast Guard has pictures and descriptions of the different types of life jackets available for children to help you make the right choice.
Life Jacket Sizing and Testing – Simply putting a life jacket on your child isn’t enough. It needs to be the proper size for your child, and you need to know how to ensure the jacket fits correctly.
Keeping Your Child Safe in Public
Browse the following resources to find out how you can keep children of all ages safe in public places.
6 Tips for Keeping Kids Safe in Crowded Places – The tips given in this article may or may not be familiar to you, but they are definitely worthwhile to keep your children safe in public.
Safety Rules for Every Family – These 12 basic safety rules are designed for older children who are ready to take on more responsibility and less direct parental supervision.
Expert Advice: Strangers and Safety During the Holidays – This advice isn’t only applicable during the holidays. In fact, it’s helpful for any time your child is visiting public places.
How to Protect Kids From Predators and Kidnappers – Teach your child these tips form former FBI profiler and hostage negotiator Clint Van Zandt.
Quiz for Kids on Avoiding Abduction – Use this quiz with children to help you understand if they know what to do if they are approached by a would-be predator or kidnapper.
Child Car Safety Resources
Simply owning a car seat doesn’t work unless it’s in good repair and you use it properly. Find out whether or not you’re falling short in car seat safety.
SaferCar.gov – This site gives child to teen safety tips and safety information for everything from car seats to car keys.
Are Used Car Seats Safe? – Discover if saving money is really a good choice when it comes to used car seats.
Child Passenger Safety – Find out how to keep children as safe as possible when embarking on a car trip.
The Ultimate Car Seat Guide – Find information on purchasing, installing, ensuring the right fit and replacement car seat information with this helpful guide from Safe Kids.org.
Driveway Safety Tips – When it comes to car safety, driveway safety should not be overlooked due to the number of unfortunate, yet preventable, incidents that can and do occur each year.
Child Food Safety Resources
Choking, allergies, pesticides – these are all child food safety dangers. Browse this section to discover prevention and treatment methods.
Food Safety Tips for Young Children – This article from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers tips to avoid food poisoning and choking in children.
First Aid for Choking and CPR – Discover an illustrated guide for children 12 months and older that details choking and CPR procedures. For information about choking and CPR for infants under 12 months, click here.
Pesticide Action Network – This resource presents research that links child exposure to pesticides – before or after birth – to incidences of birth defects, lower IQs, developmental delays and more disturbing effects.
Kids With Food Allergies – When a child has a food allergy, symptoms can range from mild to life-threatening. With approximately one of every 13 children suffering from a food allergy, this organization is a vital resource for many families.
Child Drug Safety Resources
Unfortunately, very young children can mistake medicine for candy due to its various colors and shapes, while older children can fall victim to the lure of drug use and abuse. Utilize the resources below to keep either situation from happening.
Medication Safety – Learn the top tips for keeping your children safe from the medications that you store in your home.
Generation Rx – This site contains engaging resources to help children understand prescription and over-the-counter medication safety. The resources are appropriate for different grade levels such as K-2 or 3-5.
Partnership for Drug-Free Kids – Find downloadable e-books and guides for families struggling with a child’s addiction to drugs.
D.A.R.E. Parent Resources – Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) offers practical information to families to help keep children away from controlled drugs, membership in gangs, and violent behavior.
Keeping Medicine Out of Children’s Reach – Find out the best ways to keep medicines, vitamins and supplements out of children’s hands and what to do if a child does happen to accidentally ingest medicine.
Childproofing is an important step that can keep child injuries and deaths from occurring. Take the time to browse the resources below to learn more.
Childproofing Your Home: An Ounce of Prevention Worth a Pound of Cure – Learn about the high-risk zones in your home and the safety tips that can help prevent harmful or fatal accidents to your children.
How to Anchor Furniture – This site provides information on how to anchor existing and new furniture to keep it from tipping over and injuring your child.
Top 10 Rules for Electric Safety – This guide offers ideas for childproofing inside and outside your home to avoid electrical accidents.
Home Safe Home – Learn how to childproof your home room by room with this helpful article that helps you realize all of the potential child safety hazards in a home.
12 Safety Devices to Protect Your Children – Check out these various safety devices that you can use in your home to protect your children. Most of them are inexpensive and easily available.
Child Safety Blogs
While plenty of child safety blogs are available, these are some of the best we found. Check them out below.
Child Safety Blog.org – Attorney Bryan Slaughter created and maintains this site to provide a go-to for parents to locate information about child safety and best parenting practices.
Safety Mom – Alison Jacobson, aka the Safety Mom, blogs about issues facing children and teens of all ages with the goal of helping families live healthier, happier and safer lives.
Safe Kids.com – As one of the oldest Internet safety sights, this is one to visit to help teach your children learn how to navigate the online world in a safe way.
Baby Safety Zone – Visit this site to get safety information on baby products from 250 companies in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.