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Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Boston Public Health Commission
Safe Kids
Home Safety Council: Safety Guide
National Fire Protection Association: Safety Information
MA & RI Poison Control
Consumer Products Safety Commission
American Academy of Pediatrics
Red Cross
Centers for Disease Control
How to use a car seat correctly
Find child passenger safety technicians
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Injury Free Coalition for Kids
American College of Surgeons
Massachusetts Highway Safety Division

Safety tips 

Research has proven that 90 percent of unintentional injuries can be prevented. But each day, more than 39,000 children are seriously injured and need medical treatment. This is about 14 million children each year.

Listed below are some of the topics responsible for injury along with tips to prevent such injury:

Playing safely

Playing outdoors is a great way for children to get exercise, but it’s important for adults to keep a close eye on children on playgrounds and during other outdoor activities to make sure they stay safe.

Family education materials:
Spring and summer safety tips for kids
Fall and winter safety tips for kids

Bicycle, in-line skating, and skateboarding safety

ImageBicycle helmets can reduce the risk of a head injury by 85 percent and brain injury by 88 percent. With such known statistics and other research, children should be made aware of the important safety tips and preventive measures before they start to use a bicycle, in-line skates or a skateboard.

Family education materials:
Bicycle Safety Family Education Sheet
Bicycle Safety Family Education Sheet (Spanish Version)

Car seat safety

Proper restraints for children riding in motor vehicles depend on the child's age and size. When properly installed, the risk of death in a motor vehicle accident is reduced by 71 percent. The key to keeping your child safe is to use an appropriate child restraint that's properly installed and properly used.

Family education materials:
Car Safety Family Education Sheet
Car Safety Family Education Sheet (Spanish Version)

Fire safety

Home fires in the United States have decreased remarkably in the last 20 years, thanks to fire safety education. Yet each year, more than 500 children under the age of 15 die in fires, and nearly 40,000 are injured. With some basic precaution and planning, every family can make their home safer from potential fires.

For fire safety information regarding those with special needs, visit:
National Fire Protection Association: People Who are Deaf or Hard-Of-Hearing
U.S. Fire Administration: People with Disabilities and their Caregivers
U.S. Fire Administration: The Visually Impaired

Home safety

The top five leading causes of unintentional home injuries are falls, fire or burn, choking or suffocation, drowning and poisoning. Injuries are most likely to occur in the home, so it's important to make sure that you are keeping your child safe.

Family education materials:
Home Safety Family Education Sheet
Home Safety Family Education Sheet (Spanish Version)

For information about safety products and where to purchase them, please visit:
KidSafe Home Safety Products
One Step Ahead

Ice and winter safety

Winter is a fun season, but precautions must be taken for a child's safety. Some important tips are to dress children properly when they're going outdoors and provide protective equipment when they're participating in winter sports.

Family education materials:
Winter and Ice Safety Family Education Sheet
Ice and Winter Safety Family Education Sheet (Spanish Version)

For information about winter safety, please visit:
KidsHealth Cold, Ice, and Snow Safety
American Academy of Pediatrics Winter Safety Tips

Poison safety

Poisoning is the fifth-leading cause of children's death from unintentional injuries in the home. Medications and household cleaning products should always be placed in a locked area that is out of your child's reach. Medications that are old, outdated or no longer being used should be disposed of properly.

For more information go to the Massachusetts and Rhode Island's Poison Control Center's website.

Family education materials:
Poison Safety Family Education Sheet
Poison Safety Family Education Sheet (Spanish Version)

Sports safety

Sports-related injuries are common among people of all ages, but there are some easy steps you can teach your child to help prevent these kinds of injuries.

Family education materials:
Sports Safety Family Education Sheet
Sports Safety Family Education Sheet (Spanish Version)

Water safety

Water safety in the home is essential to prevent your child from drowning. It's important that you never leave your child unattended in the bathtub or the swimming pool—an adult should always be present.

Family education materials:
Water Safety Family Education Sheet
Water Safety Family Education Sheet (Spanish Version)

Common injuries and prevention techniques:
newborns aged 0 to 6 months and infants aged 6 to 12 months

According to the Society for Public Health Education, the leading cause of unintentional injury-related death among children under one year of age is airway obstruction (from suffocation, choking or strangulation), followed by car-related injuries, drowning, fire and burns.

Family education materials:
Newborns 0-6 Months Safety Family Education Sheet
Newborns 0-6 Months Safety Family Education Sheet (Spanish Version)
Infants 6-12 Months Safety Family Education Sheet
Infants 6-12 Months Safety Family Education Sheet (Spanish Version)

Special needs injury prevention

Children with special needs have higher rates of injury. Knowing this, appropriate care and prevention education should be provided for these children, their parents and their caregivers.

Family education materials:
Safe Kids USA: Safety Tips for Special Needs

After an injury

If an injury or accident were to occur to your child, it's important that the child be observed to make sure he or she doesn't suffer from post-traumatic stress. Some, but not all, indicators to look out for include:

  • not wanting to talk about the injury or accident
  • being easily startled and jumpy
  • becoming distressed when reminded of the injury or accident
  • cannot get back into usual activities
  • does not enjoy things that they used to enjoy
  • having bad dreams or nightmares

If these or other indicators are affecting your child and last more than one month without improvement, it's important that you contact your doctor or other professional for help.

As a parent, you can help your child in many ways after a traumatic experience. The most important way to help is to listen to your child. You need to let them know that they're safe and that they can talk about their feelings and worries. It's important that you do not force your child to talk, but instead encourage them to express their feelings either through words, drawings, writing stories or other ways that work best for your child.

Helping your child get back to a normal routine and spending more time with family and friends helps them feel safe and protected. Finally, it's important that you understand that everyone has different reactions and different ways of showing how they're feeling; be accepting of the way your child is expressing theirs. 


Our car safety events help families learn about car seat safety. At our events, you can have your child's car seat checked or installed by a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician. Check this site often, or call 617-355-7332 for details.

Upcoming events:


Date and Times:


Community Car Seat Fitting

10 a.m.  to 12 Noon by appointment


Community Station

2012 dates coming soon. Check this site or call for details.



2012 dates coming soon. Check this site or call for details.





Updated AAP car seat policy: Is your child a safe passenger?

Here’s a scary statistic: according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, three out of four parents do not properly use child restraints.

Dr. Claire McCarthy, Children's primary care physician and Medical Communications Editor, lists five ways parents and caregivers can keep children safe in cars. 

Read her blog