We often think kids are safe when they are home. Unfortunately, homes are often full of potential hazards for kids. Knowing the dangers is the first step to keeping your kids safe.
Dangers: Fire, scalds, poisoning, choking and cuts
- Post emergency numbers in prominent area.
- Keep fire extinguisher handy.
- Store knives and other sharp utensils in drawers with child safety locks.
- Lock cleansers and vitamins out of children's reach.
- Cook on back burners, and turn pot handles toward back of stove.
- Install guards on stove knobs.
Dangers: Fire, burns, falls and poisoning
- Secure tall furniture to walls.
- Keep poisonous plants out of children's reach.
- Cushion sharp edges of furniture.
- Install and maintain carbon monoxide detectors.
- Install covers on electrical outlets.
- Tie up loose electrical cords.
- Install and maintain working smoke detectors.
- Install safety gates at both ends of staircase.
Dangers: Drowning, scalds, poisoning and falls
- Keep first aid supplies, in a locked medicine cabinet.
- Lock medicines, vitamins and cleaning supplies out of children's reach.
- Place safety locks on toilet lids.
- Turn children in tub away from faucet.
- Supervise children at all times.
- Set water heater temperature to 120 degrees or less.
Dangers: Strangulation, suffocation, choking, falls
- Place cord wind-ups on all blind and drapery cords.
- Install window guards (except designated emergency exits).
- Install and maintain a working smoke detector.
- Remove all toys and pillows from crib.
- Buy age-appropriate toys.
- Use a crib without corner posts and make sure spacing between crib slats is less than 2-3/8".
- Ensure crib side rail is locked.
- Make sure children's pajamas are flame-resistant.
Check to make sure kerosene, gasoline and paints are out of your child's reach.
Once you have completely childproofed your home, get down on your hands and knees and crawl through your house. This is helpful in viewing things from a baby or toddler's perspective.
Important Hotline Numbers
- Non-emergency Helpline - 918-583-HELP (583-4357). Volunteers will help direct you to the appropriate agency or resource for all your needs.
- Saint Francis Pediatric Emergency Center - 918-494-6400
- Child Abuse - 918-585-1222. To report suspected child abuse.
- Oklahoma Poison Control Center - 1-800-522-4611. Call anytime someone has swallowed a poisonous substance. Pharmacists will tell you what to do.
- Child Care Resource Center - 918-587-CARE (587-2273)
MTWF 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.
TH 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Volunteers will help direct you in finding suitable childcare.
Learn More About Safe Kids Tulsa Area
To learn more about Safe Kids or available safety resources, please call 918-494-SAFE (7233).
Safe Kids Tulsa Area is the eastern Oklahoma affiliate of Safe Kids Worldwide
-a global organization dedicated to preventing injuries in children. The Tulsa coalition is led by The Children's Hospital at Saint Francis.