Tips & Helpful Hints

  1. Safety Tips In and Around Cars
  2. Safe Toy Shopping Tips
  3. Home Safety Tips
  4. Sleep Safety Tips
  5. Furniture Tip-Over
  6. Safe Play Tips For Children With Special Needs

Safety Tips In and Around Cars

Every day, children are left unattended in or around vehicles – a danger most people greatly underestimate. These tips, developed by, offer information and helpful reminders to keep children safe throughout the year. Injuries and accidents are both predictable AND preventable.

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Safe Toy Shopping Tips

It’s important to make sure that the toys you’re buying for the kids in your life will not only delight and entertain, but also be safe for them to use. These tips, developed by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission offer guidance – from buying to playing and maintaining to storing toys – to keep your kids safe and happy.

When buying toys

When maintaining toys

When storing toys

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Home Safety Tips

From the day you bring your baby home from the hospital until your little ones are moving all about, you want your home to be a safe place for them to explore, play and sleep. The tips below will help you to keep not only your kids, but your whole family, safe when you’re at home.

Fire Safety

Reports by the Center for Disease Control show the leading causes of house fires are cooking, heating equipment and electrical problems. More than 60 percent of the reported home fires occur in homes without smoke alarms or with non-working smoke alarms. Fifty percent of fatal injuries caused by house fires are to preschool children and adults over 65.

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Sleep Safety Tips

One of the most important decisions you will make as a new parent is where and how you place your baby to sleep. If you follow these safe sleep rules, you will help protect your baby from SUID (Sudden Unexpected Infant Death) due to accidental suffocation or injury during sleep.

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Furniture Tip-Over

Each year, on average more than 22,000 children ages 8 years old and younger, are treated for injuries related to household furniture instability or tip overs. The Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends the following safety tips to help prevent tip-over accidents:

Taking a few moments now to anchor and secure TVs, furniture and appliances can save your child from a tip-over tragedy. Be sure your child's grandparents and care givers follow these tips in their homes, too.

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Safe Play Tips For Children With Special Needs

Through the magic of play, all children can experience victories, imagine new worlds and share the joy of learning. But, accidents can happen and rates of accidental injury are higher among children with special needs. This includes children with physical and psychological disabilities, and is especially true for children with cognitive, emotional and social limitations.

While basic safety rules apply to all children, regardless of ability, the delivery of the message should be tailored to ensure a differently-abled child truly understands and internalizes how to play safely. To make sure playtime is a positive, memorable learning experience for your child, following is a list of tips to help minimize playtime risks among children with special needs:

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