Make sure your child’s car safety seat is rear facing until he reaches the highest weight or height allowed by the car safety seat’s manufacturer. In most cases, this will be well past the second birthday.
Never put your child in the front seat of a vehicle that has a passenger airbag. The back seat is safest.
Place gates at the top and bottom of stairs. Install operable window guards on windows at the second story and higher. Operable means that, in an emergency, an adult can open the window.
Keep furniture away from windows.
Make sure TVs, furniture, and other heavy items are secure so your child can’t pull them over.
Keep your child within arm’s reach when he is near or in water.
Empty buckets, pools, and tubs when you are finished using them.
Never leave young brothers or sisters in charge of your child.
When you go out, put a hat on your child, have him wear sun protection clothing, and apply sunscreen with SPF of 15 or higher on his exposed skin. Limit time outside when the sun is strongest (11:00 am–3:00 pm).
Keep your child away when your pet is eating. Be close by when he plays with your pet.
Keep poisons, medicines, and cleaning supplies in locked cabinets and out of your child’s sight and reach.
Keep cords, latex balloons, plastic bags, and small objects, such as marbles and batteries, away from your child. Cover all electrical outlets.
Put the Poison Help number into all phones, including cell phones. Call your health care professional if you are worried your child has swallowed something harmful. Do not make your child vomit.