Safety Resources

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.

Please contact us with any questions at: info AT prevention1st DOT org or 585-383-6505.

Calling 911: What you need to tell the 911 operator

Choking and Suffocation Prevention Resources

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Drowning Prevention Resources

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Fall Prevention Resources

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Fire & Burn Safety Resources

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For Kids:

  • 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
  • Children’s Books About Fire and Fire Safety (see category later in this page)

For Teachers, Parents and Others:

General Injury Prevention Resources

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Gun Safety Resources

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  • 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.
  • Common Sense About Kids and Guns Common Sense Safety Tips and Statement on Kids and Guns in the Home

Motor Vehicle Safety Resources

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Natural Disaster Injury Prevention Resources

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Poison Control Resources

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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.

Additional Resources:

  • Call the National Lead Information Center at 1-800-LEAD-FYI (1-800-532-3394). Materials are available in Spanish and English.