Top 5 Things that Make a Safe Kid
- Always use safety belts and child safety seats. Child safety seats, when correctly installed and used, significantly reduce the risk of injury and death. Booster seats are required for children up to 6 years or 60 pounds. For the safest ride, Safe Kids recommends keeping children in an appropriate seat up to 8 years and 80 pounds.
- Always wear an approved bike helmet on every ride. Bicycle helmets reduce the risk of head injuries by 85%.
- Always swim with parent or adult supervision and use the proper safety equipment for water recreation. Drowning is still the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related death to children ages 1 to 14.
- Always have working smoke alarms. Install detectors in common areas as well as escape routs and check batteries monthly. When properly used, working smoke detectors reduce the chance of dying in a fire by 50%.
- Always practice safe pedestrian behaviors on the road. Walk in groups, on a safe, well lighted route. Remember vehicles on the road are not always looking for walker traffic. Have a destination in mind and always let a parent know where you are going.