Things You Can Do
Keep Your Home Safe
- Put in smoke alarms and check them often.
- Teach your toddler not to touch things that can be hot, like stoves, heaters, fires, barbecues and matches.
- Keep small objects, sharp tools, balloons and plastic bags out of your child’s reach.
- Keep houseplants out of reach—many are poisonous.
- For more tips, see
Safe Kids USA.
- Arizona law says that children ages 2 to 5 must be in the back seat in car seats.
- The law also says that children must be in booster seats from age 5 until they are 8 years old and at least 4'9" tall. To learn more, see
Safe Kids USA or
- Children should ride in the back seat with a seatbelt until age 13.
- Never leave children alone in a car. The air inside can heat up quickly and a child can die. And children can play with the gears or brakes and make the car move. See
Safercar.gov for more information.
The safest home is one without a gun. If you do have a gun, lock the unloaded gun in one place and the ammunition somewhere else. Use a safety lock on the gun. Teach your child never to play with guns. Ask if there are guns in places where your child spends time.
Drowning is a major cause of death and injury in young children. This is especially true in places like Arizona, where there are a lot of swimming pools. Never leave your child alone near water. Make sure pools are fenced on all sides and the gates are locked. Keep buckets empty and upside down. For information about water safety, contact the
Drowning Prevention Coalition of Arizona.