Keep these Safety Tips in Mind for Your Child
Motor Vehicle Safety
- Be sure everyone is buckled into the car using a child safety seat, booster seat or seat belt (if they meet the requirements for a safety seat according to the child's height, weight, and age).
- Children should start using a booster seat when they outgrow their child safety seats (usually when they weigh about 40 pounds). They should continue to ride in a booster seat until the lap/shoulder belts in the car fit properly, typically when they are 4’9” tall.
Wear a helmet when:
- Riding a bike, motorcycle, snowmobile, scooter or all-terrain vehicle
- Playing a contact sport, such as football, ice hockey or boxing
- Using in-line skates or riding a skateboard
- Batting and running bases in baseball or softball
- Riding a horse
- Skiing or snowboarding
- Wear the right protective equipment for the activity (helmets, padding, shin guards, and eye and mouth guards).
- Protective equipment should fit properly, be well maintained and be worn consistently and correctly.
- Use good sportsmanship at all times.
- Follow the coach’s rules.
Safety in Living and Playing Areas
- Install window guards to keep young children from falling out of open windows.
- Use safety gates at the top and bottom of stairs when young children are around.
- Make sure the surface on your child's playground is made of shock-absorbing material, such as hardwood mulch or sand.
Prevention tips sourced using cdc.gov and safekids.org.