Keep these Safety Tips in Mind for Your Child
Motor Vehicle Safety
- Be sure everyone is buckled into the car using a child safety seat, booster seat or seat belt (if they meet the requirements for a safety seat according to the child's height, weight, and age).
- Children should start using a booster seat when they outgrow their child safety seats (usually when they weigh about 40 pounds). They should continue to ride in a booster seat until the lap/shoulder belts in the car fit properly, typically when they are 4’9” tall.
Wear a helmet when:
- Riding a bike, motorcycle, snowmobile, scooter or all-terrain vehicle
- Playing a contact sport, such as football, ice hockey or boxing
- Using in-line skates or riding a skateboard
- Batting and running bases in baseball or softball
- Riding a horse
- Skiing or snowboarding
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Safe Kids Georgia
Safe Kids Georgia, a nonprofit organization, leads a statewide network dedicated to preventing unintentional injury, the leading cause of death in children 14 and younger. Safe Kids brings together private and public, state and local organizations and individual volunteers to keep kids safe in cars, on wheels, in water and at home.
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- Wear the right protective equipment for the activity (helmets, padding, shin guards, and eye and mouth guards).
- Protective equipment should fit properly, be well maintained and be worn consistently and correctly.
- Use good sportsmanship at all times.
- Follow the coach’s rules.
Safety in Living and Playing Areas
- Install window guards to keep young children from falling out of open windows.
- Use safety gates at the top and bottom of stairs when young children are around.
- Make sure the surface on your child's playground is made of shock-absorbing material, such as hardwood mulch or sand.
Prevention tips sourced using cdc.gov and safekids.org.