Safe Kids

Safe Kids Palm Beach County is a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations that works to prevent accidental injury, the leading killer of children 19 and under. Working in tandem with Community Partners of South Florida (CP) as the lead organization and Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County as the funder, Safe Kids is committed to raising public awareness of preventable injuries, supporting public policy on child safety, distributing safety materials to families in need, and providing safety education to parents, caregivers, and children. Please browse the following suggested lists of tips and ideas to improve home safety:

Kitchen Safety

Prevent hot food or liquid spills by using the back burner of your stove and turning pot handles away from the edge of your counters. Secure small children in highchairs and supervise all eating/drinking activities to watch for signs of choking. Read more:

  • Childproof drawer latches
  • Dishwasher lock 
  • Door lock and knob protectors for the stove
  • Stovetop guard
  • Cabinet door locks and drawer latches
  • Working fire extinguisher
  • Highchair with safety strap between the legs

Bedroom Safety

Always put all medicine up and away, out of reach and sight including vitamins, and consider other places where kids might get into medicine such as purses, counters and nightstands. Make sure crib and bed rails are secure, and remove excess pillows, toys, and bedding that might leave children at risk for suffocation or choking. Read more:

  • Changing table with safety belt
  • Crib with slats less than 2 - 3/8 inches (6 centimeters) apart 
  • Cord ties for window blinds and curtains 
  • Safety tethers for furniture 
  • Window guards 
  • Smoke alarm 
  • Medicine cabinet locks
  • Window blind and curtain cord ties 
  • Firearms: in a locked gun case/gun locks on
  • Ammunition: in a locked storage container 

Bathroom, Laundry, and Garage 

Anti-scald devices in water faucets and showerheads can help avoid potential tub and shower burns as can turning the hot water heater temp below 120 degrees. Store laundry detergent, particularly colorful pods, out of children’s reach. Make sure all auto fluids and other toxic cleaning supplies are out of reach in the garage as well as buckets and cans that may hold stray water that could pose a potential drowning risk. Read more:

  • Bathwater thermometer
  • Cabinet locks
  • Latches for drawers
  • Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI) 
  • Toilet-lid lock 
  • Nonskid strips for shower and bathtub floors
  • Nonskid pads under rugs 
  • Cabinet locks for gardening and lawn tools,  bleaches/detergents, auto supplies, pool chemicals, and all other cleaning products 
  • Cleaning buckets stored out of reach
  • Locks for washer and dryer doors
     

Doors, Windows, Stairways, and Home Furnishings 

Protecting your children from the potential risk of TV and furniture tip-overs, just like using car seats and bicycle helmets, is another important part of keeping them safe. Each day, 10 kids go to the ER because of a TV tip-over, and a child dies every three weeks. Anti-tip brackets, braces, wall straps, and dresser drawers as well as rearranging objects for optimal safety can help. Read more:

  • Anti-slip rug pads 
  • Finger-pinch guard for doors
  • One-piece door stops
  • Doorknob covers 
  • Childproof locks for sliding doors 
  • Safety bars or window guards 
  • Window stops 
  • Ties or clips for window blind/curtain cords 
  • Tether straps for furniture and TVs
  • Protective padding on corners of coffee tables, furniture, and countertops 
  • Safety hinges on furniture
  • TV wall-mount fixtures
  • Drawer stops for removable drawers 
  • Cabinet and drawer safety locks 
  • Hardware-mounted safety gates for top and bottom of the stairway
  • Banisters and railing guards

Electrical Devices and Equipment

Watch appliances such as irons and hair dryers that can heat up quickly or stay warm after use and always unplug after use. Be aware that button batteries are involved in 84 percent of all battery-related emergency department with the average child’s age swallowing a button battery being 3.9 years resulting in irreversible damage, often to the esophagus. Never leave a child unattended, not even for a minute, near a pool, hot tub, or another nearby body of water. Read more:

  • Outlet covers and safety plugs
  • Electrical cord holders 
  • Wall brackets/furniture tethers for TVs, computers, and stereos 
  • Extension cords with breakers
  • List of emergency phone numbers 
  • Fire extinguishers: kitchen and on each floor
  • Emergency ladder for upper floors 
  • Smoke detectors on every floor
  • Carbon monoxide detector 
  • Lighting for walkways and outdoor stairways 
  • Secure covers for all garbage cans 
  • Safe surface for swing set: sand, mulch, wood chips, or approved rubber mats 
  • Climb-proof pool fencing at least 5 feet high (1.5 meters) on all sides 
  • Self-closing pool gate with a childproof lock
  • Door alarm