Safe Kids Spokane
The worldwide movement that became Safe Kids started in 1987 at the National Children’s Medical Center in Washington, DC.
Safe Kids Spokane - administered by Sacred Heart Children's Hospital since March, 2012 - began more than a decade ago, joining a global network of organizations with a mission of preventing unintentional childhood injury, a leading cause of death and disability for children ages 14 and under.
Check this page often for child safety tips, news alerts and upcoming Safe Kids Spokane events.
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In 2010, an estimated 181,500 children were treated in an emergency room for a toy-related injury. That’s 500 kids every day. Nearly half of those injured were children 4 and under.
Top Toy Tips
- Consider your child’s age when purchasing a toy or game. It’s worth a second to read the instructions and warning labels to make sure it’s just right for your child.
- Before you’ve settled on the perfect toy, check to make sure there aren’t any small parts or other potential choking hazards.
- Keep a special eye on small game pieces that may be a choking hazard for young children. While these kinds of games are great for older kids, they can pose a potential danger for younger, curious siblings.
- After play time is over, use a bin or container to store toys for next time. Make sure there are no holes or hinges that could catch little fingers.
These top tips can help get you started. But if you’re interested in learning more toy safety tips, you can find them here.
Making Holiday Treats? Don't Get Burned!
In 2010, nearly 128,500 children ages 19 and under were injured due to a fire or burn, while more than 60,400 children ages 4 and under were treated in emergency rooms across the country.
- Don’t carry or hold a child while cooking on the stove. Instead, move a high chair in the kitchen within reach or sight before you start. Then talk to your children so they know what’s going on. It’s a great way to spend time together.
- With everything going on, we know the water heater is the last thing on your mind. But a small adjustment can give you one less thing to worry about. To prevent accidental scalding, set your water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit or the manufacturer’s recommended setting.
- Kids love to reach, so to prevent hot food or liquid spills, simply use the back burner of your stove and turn pot handles away from the edge. Keep hot foods away from the edge of your counters.
- Make a habit of placing matches, gasoline and lighters in a safe place, out of children’s reach. Avoid novelty lighters or lighters that look like toys.
Don’t get burned. Learn more about how to keep children safe from burns and scalds.