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Boy in a properly fitting bike helmet

I still remember getting my first bike. It was a lovely fall day, and I was celebrating my 5th birthday at the local park when my parents wheeled it over. And it was beautiful – a light pink frame and white tires with a white basket on the front adorned with purple, blue and yellow daisies, and shimmering multicolored streamers flowing from the handlebars.

Colorful playground structure

As the weather gets warmer, more kids will be playing outdoors and visiting playgrounds – running and jumping, climbing and swinging.

This week is National Playground Safety Week, so it’s the perfect time to review some safety tips and talk with your children about being safe while having fun on the playground.

Car seats like this one save lives

One of the best parts of my job at Safe Kids is working with families who generously share their stories to inspire other parents to get involved. The following story is one of my favorites because it really shows what our work is all about – the little things you can do that can make a big difference.

Children playing at Safe Kids Day 2014

Safe Kids Day 2014 was an incredible success!  With two national signature events in Los Angeles and New York, 100 local events across the United States, and strong traditional and social media promotion, we are so grateful to the thousan

Teen driver behind the wheel

This month the National Safety Council is observing Distracted Driving Awareness Month and giving us all an important reminder of the potentially tragic consequences to driving while talking or texting. The Council is asking all drivers to stop using cell phones while they drive.

Little girl at Safe Kids Day New York

On Saturday, April 12 hundreds of families and kids of all ages swept through the Highline Stages in New York for Safe Kids Day – a day to celebrate kids, prevent injuries and save lives.

Ciara at Safe Kids Day LA 2014

On Saturday, April 5 more than 450 families and kids of all ages swept through the Lot in West Hollywood for the first ever Safe Kids Day in Los Angeles to help celebrate kids, prevent injuries and save lives.

Boy playing Baseball during Sports Safety Month

Did you know that in 2012, 1.35 million children were seen in emergency departments for a sport-related injury? And every 3 minutes, a child is seen for a sport-related concussion.

Becca and her son Thomas who was injured in a window fall

This may seem counterintuitive for a parent to even consider, but how much safety is too much? Where do we draw the line between keeping our kids safe and giving them the autonomy to explore?

The truth is, we can do both.

Safety and freedom are not mutually exclusive. In fact, they are both essential to creating an environment in which children thrive.

Smiling Boy

From the moment our babies start to crawl, the world is a magical place filled with new adventures and discoveries. We want to create an environment where kids have the freedom to explore and discover and have fun. That means taking a few precautions around the house to minimize the risk of serious injuries.

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