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General Home Safety
Did You Know?
- Each year in the United States, more than 2,200 children – or six kids a day – die from an injury in the home.
- More than 3.5 million children go to the emergency department for the kinds of injuries that commonly happen in homes.
Working For Change
Safe Kids has created an exciting national initiative to help families stay safe at home. Thegoal of the program is to raise awareness and influence behavior change so parents can create an environment where kids can explore and take chances while minimizing the serious injuries and deaths that we can prevent.
Working through more than 400 coalitions, Safe Kids promotes important safety messages on a variety of home issues, including fire safety, water safety, and preventing poisoning and falls. Our coalitions connect directly with parents, grandparents and caregivers in the communities where they live. This is a great opportunity to address multiple risk areas all under one program.
We also work with family advocates, who courageously share their stories to inspire donors, parents, legislators, sponsors and the media to come together and get involved.
“Report to the Nation: Protecting Children in Your Home,” a report made possible with support from Nationwide, is based on a survey of 1,010 parents. It explores what parents are concerned about and what they do ̶ or don’t do ̶ to keep kids safe in the home.
Recognizing that smart public policy initiatives help to save lives, Safe Kids works at the federal, state and local government levels on laws, regulations and initiatives to make kids safer in the home. Our advocacy efforts include passing long-life smoke alarm laws and ordinances, supporting federal legislation to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, encouraging the development of a national data tracking system on unexpected infant deaths, supporting greater resources for poison control centers, and advocating for effective levels of funding for federal agencies involved in home safety such as the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The Public Policy team also provides parents and consumers with bimonthly reports on product recalls. Please see our February 2015 Safe Kids report, “Report to the Nation: Protecting Children in Your Home,” for more detailed information on our policy efforts regarding home safety.
We also offer the following resources to educate families about home safety: