• Home Safety

    The Comprehensive Children’s Injury Center (CCIC) provides injury prevention tips for children ages 10 to 16 years old.

  • As your child ages – flame burns and scald burns become more prevalent.  Ages 10-14 is the highest injury rates for fireworks injuries.  Fire is just one cause of burn injuries — children can also be seriously injured by hot liquids, heating appliances, hot pots and pans, electrical currents and chemicals.

    • Keep matches, gasoline, lighters and all other flammable materials locked away.
    • Teach preteens to never play with matches, lighters or fireworks.
    • Install smoke alarms in and outside of every sleeping area. Test smoke alarms monthly.
    • Teach children to never use candles in their bedrooms.
    • Never allow children under 14 to use kitchen appliances without active supervision.
    • Practice an escape plan with your child. Designate a place to meet once safely outside the house.
    • Teach children how to respond to a real fire: Stay low, touch doors before opening them and use alternative exits.
    • Teach children never to go back into a burning building.

    At this age youth are dealing with peer-pressure and risk-taking behaviors – it is important to talk to your pre-teen about the dangers of poisonous items like inhalants and prescription medicines.  Store potentially poisonous household products and medications locked out of your child’s sight and reach.  Learn the toll-free nationwide poison control center number (1-800-222-1222) or keep it near every phone.

    • Throw away old medicines and other potential poisons.  Check your garage, basement and other storage areas for cleaning and work supplies you no longer need and can discard.
    • Talk to your pre-teen about the dangers of poisonous items like inhalants and prescription medicines.
    • Read labels to find out what is poisonous. Unsafe household products include toilet cleaners, bleach, oven cleaners and dishwasher products. Other potential hazards include medicines, makeup, plants, toys, pesticides, art supplies and alcohol.
    • Keep products in their original packages to avoid confusion.
  • Additional Resources

    Cincinnati Children’s is a member of the Safe Kids USA campaign and the lead organization of the Cincinnati Safe Kids Coalition.  Their goal is to prevent your child from being injured in a motor vehicle crash, fire, scalding, pedestrian activity, poisoning, choking, bike crash, fall, water activity or shooting.

    Drug and Poison Information Center (DPIC)
    The Drug and Poison Information Center works to provide you with important prevention information, educational materials, first-aid information, common household hazards and references to national helpline organizations and agencies. 

    The phone number for the Cincinnati Drug and Poison Information Center is 513-636-5111. You may also call a national hotline, 1-800-222-1222, and you will be connected to the center that serves your area.

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
    Protect the Ones You Love: Child Injuries are Preventable. In an effort to raise parents' awareness about the leading causes of child injury in the United States and how they can be prevented, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has launched the Protect the Ones You Love initiative.

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
    The best way to protect them in the car is to put them in the right seat, at the right time, and use it the right way.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) helps give additional information on choosing and using car seats as well as a Child Seat Inspection Station Locator to help with installation of your seats.

    American Academy of Pediatrics
    Healthy Children is a parenting Web site backed by 60,000 pediatricians committed to the attainment of optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults. Ideal, whether you're looking for general information related to child health or for more specific guidance on parenting issues.

    Injury Free Coalition of Kids
    The Injury Free Coalition for Kids is among the country's fastest growing and most effective injury prevention programs. They are comprised of hospital-based, community-oriented programs, whose efforts are anchored in research, education, and advocacy.