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Home safety resources

Here’s a list of suggested reading and research that can help you keep your children safer in and around the home.

Safety Tip of the Month

June 2016 – Never Leave a Child Alone in a Car

Never Leave a Child Alone in a Car June is National Child Vehicular Heatstroke Prevention and Awareness Month Many of us have been there, running errands all over town and the child is asleep in their car seat… I’m just going to be a second STOP Never leave a child unattended in a vehicle even […]


May 2016 – Playground Safety Tips

Ensure there is safe surfacing beneath and surrounding all playground equipment in order to minimize the risks of falling. According to the National Program for Playground Safety, 70% of the reported injuries are from a lack of proper protection from falls to the ground. Approximately 36% of these injuries were fractures with 22-23% being caused […]


April 2016 – Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can be life altering, and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cause about 30% of all injury deaths.  The leading causes of TBI include falls, assaults, motor vehicle or traffic accidents, and blunt trauma to the head. Concussions from sports are an example of mild cases […]


February 2016 – Charlie’s House Dedication to Childhood Safety

Charlie’s House- An organization dedicated to child safety Since 2007, Charlie’s House has had the great opportunity to spread the word about child safety in and around the home.  We have created and shared Charlie’s Checklist with hundreds of families with important reminders for keeping our children safe.  The website features a virtual safety house […]


January 2016 – New Year’s Safety Resolutions

New Year’s Safety Resolutions In 2016, resolve to… Practice heating safety. Have a family emergency plan, and check smoke and CO detectors regularly. Teach children to maintain a three-foot “kid-free zone” around any heating equipment. Also keep anything flammable at least three feet away from heating sources. Use a sturdy screen around the fireplace to […]


June 2015 – Sun Safety

Sun Safety Prevention Best Sunburn Prevention • The first, and best, line of defense against harmful ultraviolet radiation exposure is covering up. Stay in the shade whenever possible. Time Of Day • Avoid sun exposure during peak hours: between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m What to Wear • Cover up as much as possible with […]


November – 2015 – Food Safety

  November 2015 – Food Safety Written By: Stefanie Baines, Education Coordinator, The University of Kansas Hospital Poison Control Center   Thanksgiving is almost here again, which means turkeys will be the main meal for many American households.  Whether you’re a seasoned chef or a novice preparing your first holiday meal, make sure you always […]


August 2015 – Distracted Walking

Distracted Walking – Pedestrians on Phones As the new school year approaches, Charlie’s House wanted to remind students and drivers out there of a few precautions for staying safe.  We recognize that many accidents occur within five miles of someone’s home and want to be remain vigilant for keeping children safe during the school day.  […]


March 2016 – Is Your Home Poison Safe?

Is Your Home Poison Safe? By Stefanie Baines, MA, CHES Education Coordinator, The University of Kansas Hospital Poison Control Center   While poisonings can happen at work, school, outdoors, and anywhere else, 91% of human exposures occur at home. From the garage to the bathroom to the attic, hundreds of toxic chemicals and substances are […]


December 2015 Safety – Poison Prevention

Poison Control Safety According to Safe Kids Worldwide, half of the 2 million calls to poison control centers in 2012 were for exposures and ingestions among children ages 5 and under. As we begin the busy holiday season welcoming family and friends into our homes to celebrate, remember these tips for preventing accidental poison exposure […]