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Safeguard Against Childhood Falls

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2013 Safe Kids Worldwide
®
For more information visit safekids.org.
Unintentional falls are
the leading cause of
non-fatal injuries for
children in the United
States. In 2010,
unintentional falls
resulted in nearly
3 million injuries
requiring treatment in
an emergency room.
Install Window Guards
and Stops
• Screens are meant
to keep bugs out, not
children in. Properly
install window guards
to prevent unintentional
window falls. For
windows above the first
floor, include an emergency release device in case
of fire.
• Install window stops so that windows open no
more than four inches.
Open Windows From the Top and Close
After Use
• If you have windows that can open from both
top and bottom, make a habit of opening just the
top to prevent accidental falls. Keep in mind that
as kids grow, they may have enough strength,
dexterity and curiosity to open the bottom.
• Keep windows locked and closed when they are
not being used.
Keep Kids From Climbing Near Windows
• For your crawlers and climbers, move chairs, cribs
and other furniture away from windows to help
prevent window falls.
• Never move a child who appears to be seriously
injured after a fall — call 911 and let trained
medical personnel move the child with proper
precautions.
Secure Kids When Seated
• Keep babies and young kids strapped in when
using high chairs, infant carriers, swings and
strollers.
• If your baby is in a carrier, remember to place
it on the floor, not on top of a table or other
furniture.
Help Babies Learn to Stand and Walk Safely
• There are some things to know about baby
walkers: They don’t come with safety features
that prevent the walkers from rolling down the
stairs, and it’s easy for children to fall or reach
higher objects that may be unsafe. So please be
extra careful.
• Because baby walkers can be dangerous, try
using a stationary activity center. These items
give your baby a chance to practice standing
and moving more safely. Look for one that is on
a stable, non-moveable base and place it away
from stairs, hot appliances or window cords.
Everything you need to know to keep your kids safe from falls.
Fall Prevention Tips
From the moment your baby starts to crawl, the world is a magical place filled with new adventures and
discoveries. From a child’s perspective, everything is a potential mountain to climb (that giant bookshelf),
obstacle to overcome (those pesky stairs) or mysterious place to investigate (anywhere beyond the safety
gate). Little bumps will happen but we’re here to help so these brave expeditions don’t result in something
more serious.

2013 Safe Kids Worldwide
®
For more information visit safekids.org.
Play on Soft Surfaces at Playgrounds
• Take your kids to playgrounds with shock-
absorbing surfaces such as rubber, synthetic turf,
sand, pea gravel, wood chips or mulch. If your
child falls, the landing will be more cushioned
than on asphalt, concrete, grass or dirt.
• Click for more tips on playground safety.
Be Smart, Protect Your Head
• It’s important that kids have the freedom to
be creative and push their limits. That means
wearing a helmet for appropriate activities such
as biking or snowboarding to prevent a head
injury that can ruin the fun down the road.
Use Shopping Carts With Wheeled
Attachments for Kids
• Don’t leave your child alone in a shopping cart.
• If possible, use shopping carts that have a
wheeled child carrier that is permanently
attached. Some of these models look like cars or
benches attached to the shopping cart, so your
kids will love them.
• If you are placing your child in a shopping cart
seat, use a harness or safety belt. If the belt is
missing or broken, select another cart.
• We know that letting your child ride in the cart
basket, under the basket, on the sides or on the
front of the cart is fun. It can also be dangerous.
Watch Out for
the Stairs
• Use approved safety
gates at the tops
and bottoms of stairs
and attach them to
the wall, if possible.
Remember to read
the manufacturer’s
instructions and
warning labels to make sure you have the right
gate for your needs. Not all gates are safe for use
at the top of stairs.
• Actively supervise toddlers on stairs. Hold their
hands when walking up and down stairs.
Prevent Slips at Home
• Consider anti-slip rugs for the floors in your home,
and mats or decals in the bathtub or shower to
help prevent dangerous falls.
• Keep hallways and stairs well-lit and clear of
clutter.
• Don’t let kids play on high porches, decks, stairs or
balconies. If it’s unavoidable, make sure they are
supervised by an adult.
Show Older Kids How to Be Responsible
• Talk to your kids about appropriate play
behaviors. We know some play can be physical,
but it’s important to know when and where it’s
appropriate.
Prevent TV and
Furniture Tip-Overs
• Secure TVs and
furniture to the wall
using mounts, brackets,
braces, anchors or
wall straps to prevent
tip-overs. These kinds
of accident happen
more than you might think so take a few minutes,
secure your TV and furniture, and then never
worry about it again.
• Don’t let children climb on furniture or use
drawers or shelves as steps.
• Learn more about TV and furniture tip-overs.