Make Your Home Safer for Kids

Brother and sister jumping on a sofa.

Injuries are the leading cause of death for children in the United States, according to the CDC.

Many of these injuries happen at home, where we expect our families to be safest.

"Many parents just can't imagine it could happen to them, but it happens far too often," says Jill Lucas Drakeford, coordinator of Carilion Children's Safe Kids Southwest Virginia program


It Only Takes a Moment to Prevent Poisoning

v=baby holding a bottle of cleaning solution

As we all are spending more time at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it means children could be exploring more than they normally do and getting around potentially dangerous items in the home. 

Nine out of 10 poisonings occur at home, and half of the 2 million calls to Poison Control involve children ages 5 and under. 

And with all of us using disinfectants and bleach every day, those substances are being left out for curious eyes to see and curious hands to reach for. 


Kid-Safe Winter Sports

little boy sledding down a snowy hill wearing a helmet

Winter weather means sledding, skating and maybe a snowball fight or two. Help keep your kids safe while enjoying winter sports with a few tips from SafeKids.

Stay Warm
A bright, cold winter day calls for outside play. Make sunscreen your children's first layer, and then dress them in layers of warm clothing. SafeKids reminds parents to bring the kids inside periodically to warm up, replace wet clothing and prevent hypothermia or frostbite.


Attention Holiday Shoppers: Toy Safety Tips

The holiday season is ramping up! Are you feeling rushed yet?

When shopping for gifts for the little ones in our lives, no matter how busy we are, it’s important to take the time to keep safety information in mind. 

“Toys and games are fun for kids of all ages, but you want to make sure everyone stays safe while having a blast,” said Jill Lucas, a Carilion Clinic community health educator and coordinator for Safe Kids Southwest Virginia.



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