Home Safety

Home Safety

Home Safety

Definition: Unintentional injuries that occur in and around the home can include burns, falls, drowning, poisonings (including from lead, carbon monoxide, household cleaners, and prescription medications), animal bites, and choking/suffocation.

Magnitude of the Problem: According to the CDC:

  • Home and recreation injuries account for one third of all injury-related emergency room visits.
  • Over 4 out of 5 fire deaths in happened in peoples' homes.
  • Younger children are more at risk for scalding burns resulting from hot liquids or steam while older children have more injuries due to direct flame burns.
  • 374 children ages 0 to 19 are treated in an emergency department and two children die as a result of being poisoned each day in the U.S., according to the CDC.

Prevention: Home injuries are preventable. Raising awareness among parents and caregivers of the risks of injuries to children in the home, and the importance of implementing safety measures, is the first step in preventing home injuries to children. Home safety checklists are useful tools for parents to assess the risk of injury in their homes. Smoke alarm and carbon monoxide alarm give-away programs in at-risk communities are also useful tools to protect public health. Ensuring playground equipment is safe and properly maintained and has a soft landing surface can help prevent fall injuries in children. Strong State child care licensing regulations can help keep children safe in at-home child care settings.

More information is available under the following injury topic pages: Choking & Strangulation; Drowning Prevention; Fire & Burn Safety; Playground Safety; Poison Prevention; Safe Sleep

Child Safety CoIIN Change Packages and Outcome Data Worksheets

The Change Packages list the evidence-based and evidence-informed strategies that will lead to breakthrough improvement in five topic areas of child safety.

The Change Packages include the Child Safety CoIIN aim statements, goals, drivers, change ideas, and measures. They were developed by the Children’s Safety Network (CSN) with input from the Steering Committee of the National Coordinated Child Safety Initiative and the states and jurisdictions that participated in Cohort 1.

Resource Type: 
CSN Publications

Preventing e-Cigarette Poisonings among Children and Youth: Policy and Practice

E-cigarette poisonings among children and youth remain a concern for health care providers, parents, poison specialists and others.  In the first 10 months of 2016, the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) received 1,292 reports of e-cigarette device and liquid nicotine exposures across all age groups (1). In 2016, the Child Nicotine Poisoning Prevention Act (CNPPA) was signed into law to help prevent these exposures. This new law requires child resistant packaging on liquid nicotine containers used with e-cigarettes, effective July 26, 2016. 

CSN Webinar

Integrating Infant/Child Safety into Programs and Services for Expectant Parents - Community of Practice: Session 1

The goals for this first session of the Expectant Parent Community of Practice were to share innovative, evidence-informed strategies for addressing a broad range of childhood injury issues relevant to pregnancy and early infancy, and develop feasible, replicable and scalable state-level models for integrating child injury prevention into pre- and post-natal education.

CSN Webinar

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission - Playground Safety Publications

The U.S. Consumer Project Safety Commission works to keep consumers safe from hazardous products that cause injuries or death. This webpage provides access to publications on playground safety.


Resource Type: 
Useful Publications

Preventing TV and Furniture Tip-Overs: An Introduction to the Anchor It! Campaign

On June 8, 2015, the Children's Safety Network hosted the webinar, Preventing TV and Furniture Tip-Overs: An Introduction to the Anchor It! Campaign. A big thank you to our presenters Kim Dulic and Commissioner Joseph P. Mohorovic for their great presentations. The Anchor It! Campaign is the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s call to action to ensure parents and caregivers learn about TV and furniture tip-over dangers in the home and the simple, low-cost steps they can take to prevent these tragedies.

CSN Webinar

Protecting Families at Home: Best Practices, New Products and Resources

This webinar, presented in April of 2009, was a collaboration of CSN and the Home Safety Network on home safety. It explores how to address home safety issues, creating and delivering safety messsages, how to reach larger populations, and action ideas for prevention. Presenters include Stephanie Bryn, Meri-K Appy, Linda Church, and Ellen Schmidt.

CSN Webinar

Tips for Choosing Safe Toys for Children this Holiday Season

Release Date: 
2013-11-26 00:00:00

With Hanukah starting on November 27 and Black Friday creeping into Thanksgiving Day in many states this year, the holiday shopping season is in full swing. Stores and toy manufacturers offer an overwhelming selection of options in a competition to have the hottest toy of the season. When shopping for children it’s important to do your own research on the safest toy options for the children in your life. 


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