We are focused on keeping kids safe and sharing information to help others do the same. Please share the graphics and safety tips below with friends, family, and any other caregivers to help ensure the safety of children.
- Make sure to follow safe sleep guidelines for every sleep with your infant.
- Store all medications out of the reach of children.
- To prevent window falls, install screens and window guards and move furniture away from windows.
- Secure kids when seated in high chairs, carriers, swings and strollers.
- Use safety gates at the top and bottom of stairs and attach them to the wall securely.
- Keep hallways and stairs well lit and clear of clutter to prevent falls.
- Use anti-slip rugs in the bathtub or shower.
- Secure TVs and furniture to the wall to prevent tip overs.
- Childproof electrical outlets and appliances.
- Closely supervise children in the bathtub and make sure the water temperature is right.
- Use the backburner of your stove to prevent children from grabbing pot handles.
- Install barriers around fireplaces, ovens, and furnaces.
- Install and test carbon monoxide alarms.
- Close toilet seat lids and use lid locks to prevent drowning.
- Closely supervise children in and/or around water.
- Never leave your child unattended around water, babies can drown in as little as one inch of water.
- Remove water from tubs and buckets immediately after use.
- Install 4 ft. fences around home pools. Fences should surround all sides of the pool.
- Teach children how to swim early, start introducing babies to water around 6 months old.
- Empty inflatable or plastic pools immediately after use.
- Make sure to secure your child in a properly fitted life vest that meets U.S. Coast Guard requirements.
- Store matches and lighters out of reach of children.
- Don’t plug in too many things in an electrical outlet.
- Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, outside every sleeping area, and in each bedroom.
- Check your smoke alarms regularly.
- Keep flammable and hazardous items locked up and away from children.
- Keep flammable materials away from space heaters.
- Make sure to follow Missouri’s Child Restraint Law every time you place your child in a vehicle.
- Ensure your children are safely buckled for all car rides.
- Never leave your child alone in a car, not even for a minute.
- Always hold your child’s hand while walking near vehicles (parking lots, drive ways, or sidewalks).
- Teach your children early to look both ways before crossing the road.
- Make sure there are no children around your vehicle before getting in the car.
- If you see a child alone in a car, call 911 immediately.
- Make sure to lock your vehicle when you are not using it.
- Make sure your children know trunks are not safe places to play.
- Teach your children to never ride with someone who has been drinking or doing drugs.
- Choose playgrounds that have soft surfaces like rubber, turf, sand, pea gravel, woodchips, or mulch.
- Protect your child’s head by ensuring they wear helmets for activities such as biking.