Unintentional Injuries are the top cause of death for ages 1 – 44. The injuries highlighted below represent the most common causes of unintentional injury death across all ages in the United States.
Prevention 1st has compiled this list of resources for use by families and child care professionals. We completed a comprehensive review of resources available and have provided those we feel will be helpful in preparing your famiy, your students, and yourself for safe and healthy living. Though some resources originate from state or regional organizations, the materials were chosen for their excellence and applicability on a national level.
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Choking and Suffocation ResourcesView
- Kids Health Household Safety: Preventing Suffocation
- Choking & Suffocation Prevention Guide - 8 page guide for parents developed by the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS)
- Akron Children’s Hospital : Choking/Suffocation Prevention - fact sheet, prevention tips, resources
- ChildSafe – Choking and Suffocation prevention
- Water Safety Checklist
- Foundation for Aquatic Injury Prevention
- CDC National Center for Injury Prevention and Control: Drowning fact sheet and resources
- US Consumer Products Safety Commission: How to Plan for the Unexpected- Preventing Child Drownings - a resource guide
- California Department of Developmental Services - drowning resources including “Kids Aren’t Drown Proof!” brochure in English and Spanish.
- Safe Kids: Drowning Injury Facts
- Virginia Department of Health - drowning tip cards and fact sheets
Fall Prevention ResourcesView
- Protect Your Family From Falls
- Proteja a su Familia de las Caídas
- CDC Focus on Preventing Falls
- Health In Aging- Falls Prevention
- Spine Universe- Fall Prevention
- Fall Prevention Center of Excellence
- Prevent Falls
- National Safety Council Top Tips to Help Protect You Against Falls
- RiskWatch: Fall Prevention - fall prevention site for parents and children
Fire & Burn ResourcesView
- play safe! be safe! - an award-winning early childhood fire safety education program
- Mikey Makes a Mess - a children’s book by Fireproof Children
- Help Mikey Make It Out - an award-winning online teaching game
- Childrens Books About Fire and Fire Safety (see category later in this page)
For Teachers, Parents and Others:
- Protect Your Family From Fire
- Protege a su Familia de un Incendio
- Protect Your Family From Scalds and Burns
- Protege a su Familia de Escaldaduras (Calentamiento) y Quemaduras
- Why Are Children Fascinated With Fire?
- Home Fire Drill a website about why and how to plan and practice a home fire drill
- Home Fire Drill: Does Your Family Know What to Do? this video gives a real-life demonstration of why families need to practice a home fire drill.
- Workplace Fire Drills
- Home Fire Safety Checklist
- Lista de Cotejo Seguridad contra Fuego en el Hogar
- Online Fire Safety Activities (SMARTBoard-Ready)
- After the Fire: The Teachable Moment a free, downloadable classroom-ready program for teachers when a child has experienced a fire
- Plan and Practice a Home Fire Drill/Have Smoke Alarms That Work (2-page, 4-color poster)
- What Would You Do: In the Kitchen
- Safer Cooking: Frying
- Safer Home Heating: Space Heaters
- Safer Home Heating: Wood Stoves and Pellet Stoves
- Writer’s Guide to Fire and Arson
- Fireproof Children
- NFPA – National Fire Protection Association
- U.S. Fire Administration
- FireSafety.gov - an information resource for eliminating residential fire deaths
- FDNY FireZone - multi-lingual resources for families for home fire safety
- Home Safety Council Fire Safety Guide
- American Burn Association
- Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors - includes “The Journey Back” to assist with school re-entry for young burn survivors.
- NASFM National Association of State Fire Marshals
- Child Outlet Safety In the U.S., an average of seven children per day are treated in emergency rooms for injuries due to contact with electrical outlets. This website provides information about outlet safety and tamper-resistant receptacles.
General Injury Prevention ResourcesView
- 17 Quick, Easy, Inexpensive Ways to Stay Safe at Home
- Safety for People With Developmental Disabilities
- 2-1-1 National Non-Emergency Resource Hotline
- 292-Baby features online educational videos including toy safety, lead poisoning, and fire safety.
- ACT Rochester (Community Indicators for the Greater Rochester, NY area)
- American Academy of Pediatrics
- Preschoolers Today
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention -
- Protect the Ones You Love: Child Injuries Are Preventable
- CDC- National Center for Injury Prevention and Control
- Consumer Product Safety Commission
- Fireproof Children
- Home Safety Council
- Kids Health
- National Safety Council
- SAFE KIDS Worldwide
- ThinkFirst Foundation
Gun Safety ResourcesView
- KidsHealth Gun Safety Guidance for parents on Guns and Pretend Play, Talking to Kids About Gun Safety, If You Have a Gun in Your Home, Gun Safety Outside Your Home, and A Word About BB and Powder Guns.
- FBI Kids Page Safety Tips Includes a section on guns, why some people carry one for their work (like special agents and security guards), and emphasizing that kids should never pick up or even touch a gun.
- Common Sense About Kids and Guns Common Sense Safety Tips and Statement on Kids and Guns in the Home
Motor Vehicle Safety ResourcesView
- Bike Safety Tips - includes bike helmet fit test in English and Spanish
- Kids And Cars - Resources, statistics, and current events on car safety
- Guide to Car Seat Safety for Families- American Assoc. of Pediatrics
- Traffic Safety Kids Page - includes games and activities for children, as well as links and resources for older children and adults
- Distraction-Free Driving Starts WithYou
- National Safety Council School Bus Safety Tips
- Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA): Motor Vehicle Safety (occupational transportation incident data)
- NHTSA | National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (teen driving, distracted driving, child safety, child seat inspection locator and more)
Natural Disaster Injury Prevention ResourcesView
- American Red Cross “Do More Than Cross Your Fingers” - includes tips for emergency kits, and evacuation planning, and links to Emergency Contact Cards.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Natural Disasters & Severe Weather - multiple resources
- FEMA for Kids - games, activities, and resources about disaster preparation and injury prevention for children, teachers, and parents; developed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
- FEMA | Federal Emergency Management Agency Disaster Information
Poison Control ResourcesView
- Protect Your Family From Poison 1 page fact sheet and checklist
- Also available in Spanish: Protege a su Familia de Envenenamientos
The numer of unintentional drug overdose deaths in the U.S. more than doubled from 1999 to 2005. The rise was due to increasing deaths from prescription drugs, especially prescription painkillers, rather than illegal drugs. In 2002, drug overdose became the second leading cause of unintentional injury death in the nation, just behind motor-vehicle injuries. Read more from the CDC report.
The growing use of prescription medicines by both adults and children has a particularly serious side affect on children–a 22% surge in accidental drug poisonings of children. And 43 percent of children admitted to the hospital after accidentally ingesting a prescription drug ended up in intensive care.
- POISON HELP 1-800-222-1222 - national poison hotline, as well as official website of the American Association of Poison Control Centers; multiple resources
- National Capital Poison Center
- Poison Prevention - a national poison prevention center managed by the Poison Prevention Week Council and the US Consumer Product Safety Commission;multiple resources
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Health Topic: Poisoning U.S.
- Poison Purse: Be Wary of the Danger You May Carry
- What to Do If Your Cat Gets Poisoned, an information sheet from the Feline Advisory Bureau
- Common Poisons at Home and Work from Carolinas Poison Center
- Holiday Poison Prevention Tips from Children’s Hospital Boston
- Household Products Database - health and safety information on household products
- Environmental Protection Agency - for a special home tour for kids, click here EPA for Kids
- The ABC’s of Poison Prevention: A Teacher’s Guide from the Upstate NY Poison Center
- Poisonous Plants
- US Consumer Product Safety Commission
- The Partnership For a Drugfree America
- Georgia Poison Center
- Carbon Monoxide Alert - resources and information on carbon monoxide poisoning
- CDC Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention
- Asbestos and Mesothelioma Center - resources and information on asbestos exposure
- Call the National Lead Information Center at 1-800-LEAD-FYI (1-800-532-3394). Materials are available in Spanish and English.
Children’s Books About Fire and Fire SafetyView
Thanks to the Children’s Center of the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County for their help in compiling this list. For information about using these books in the classroom, visit After the Fire: The Teachable Moment.
Bridwell, Norman. Clifford the Firehouse Dog
Clifford, the big red dog, visits his brother Nero, a fire safety dog, and helps the firemen put out a fire. Includes “Clifford’s Fire Safety Rules”. Ages 4-7
Also available in Spanish:Clifford el perro bombero
Brown, Marc. Arthur’s Fire Drill
Arthur helps ease D.W.’s fire fears by practicing fire drills at home. Ages 5-7
Cuyler, Margery. Stop, Drop and Roll
In this humorous story Jessica the worrywart is nervous because her family hasn’t followed any of the fire prevention and fire safety tips she learns about in school. Thanks to her they make some changes and Jessica learns that being prepared is the best way to cure her fears. Ages 5-8
DeSimini, Lisa. Dot the Fire Dog
Dot the Dalmatian that lives at a firehouse accompanies the firefighters when they rush to a burning house. The final pages offers “Dot’s Fire Safety Tips” for adults and children to talk about together. Ages 3-7
Griessman, Annette. The Fire
When their house is destroyed by fire and everything is lost except a stuffed bear and a family photograph, Mama reminds Maria and her little brother, Pepito, that they still have their most important possessions – each other. Ages 5-8
Kourofsky, Carolyn. Mikey Makes a Mess/ Mikey hace un desorden
Mikey learns that leaving his toys in the middle of the floor is hazardous while his father is reminded that leaving matches lying around is equally dangerous. Includes questions for children and safety tips for parents. In English and Spanish. Ages 4-7.
Pendziwol, Jean. No Dragons for Tea: Fire Safety for Kids (and Dragons)
A girl’s dragon friend accidently sets the house on fire when he comes for tea. But she and her mom remember all the important fire safety tips and rescue themselves and the panicky dragon. The book concludes with a catchy fire safety rhyme and a fire safety checklist for adults to use in teaching fire safety. Ages 4 -7
Williams, Vera. A Chair for My Mother
The fire destroyed all their furniture, but thanks to family and friends a girl, her mother and grandmother have the basics they need in a new apartment. Now they’re saving all their spare change in a big jar to buy a comfy armchair. Ages 5- 8.
Also available in Spanish:Un Sillón Para Mi Mamá
Boelts, Maribeth. A Kid’s Guide to Staying Safe around Fire
Discusses preventing fires, developing a family emergency exit plan, and what to do in case a fire starts. Ages 6-9
Fortney, Mary. Fire Station Number 4: the daily life of firefighters
Describes the various activities performed every day by firefighters in suburban San Francisco. Concludes with two pages of fire safety rules. Ages 7-10
Gibbons, Gail. Fire! Fire!
Views fire fighters fighting fires in the city, the country, the forest and on the waterfront. Two final pages give fire prevention tips and explain what to do in case of fire. Ages 6-8.
Haas, Jessie. Fire! My Parents’ Story
Eight year old Patty is the one who discovers the fire in her family’s isolated farmhouse in 1948 in this compelling true account. Everyone survives and life goes forward, although the house is destroyed and their lives disrupted. Ages 8-12
Marzollo, Jean. I am Fire
A brief, simple text explains the difference between good fire, which can be used safely for cooking and providing warmth, and bad fire, which can cause burns or destroy property. Offers basic fire safety tips. Ages 3-6
Mudd-Ruth, Maria. Firefighting: Behind the Scenes
An in-depth look at the challenging and dangerous work performed by firefighters, including their training, equipment, life at the firehouse and firefighting techniques. A final chapter discusses fire prevention and safety. Ages 8-10
Raatma, Lucia. Crawl Low under Smoke
Explains how to leave a building safely during a fire, emphasizing staying low to avoid smoke and using alternate ways out. Part of the Fire Safety series. Ages 6-9
Raatma, Lucia. Home Fire Drills
Explains what to do in case of a fire in your house and tells how practicing fire drills can help you to be safe. Part of the Fire Safety series. Ages 6-9
Raatma, Lucia. Safety around Fire
Describes good versus bad fire; how to stay safe around indoor and outdoor fires, and how to plan a family escape route. Part of the Safety First! series. Ages 6-9
Raatma, Lucia. Smoke Alarms
Discusses the importance of having smoke detectors in the home, the different kinds of detectors and how they work, and what to do when they sound. Part of the Fire Safety series. Ages 6-9.
Do you have a favorite children’s book that has helped a child deal with experiencing a fire, or teaches fire safety or home safety skills? Let us know about it here.