Safety Tips

Many things inside and outside the home can put kids in danger. In an effort to educate parents, family members, guardians and caretakers about common child safety hazards, HKQ Kids® has produced a series of TV commercials highlighting a number of  potential hazards and how to avoid them. Below you will find each of them listed by category with additional tips for keeping your kids safe.

TIPS TO AVOID CHILDHOOD CHOKING HAZARDS

  • Read all warning labels on toys
  • Avoid toys with small parts
  • Cut food into tiny pieces, especially round-shaped food like hot dogs that can clog airways
  • Avoid all hard candy, gum, nuts and other good that can pose a choking hazard
  • Teach young children not to put stray objects into their mouths
  • Keep your floors clean of small objects, such as marbles, small office supplies or other choking hazards

TIPS TO AVOID CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING

  • Install carbon monoxide detectors in all sleeping rooms
  • Use only UL-approved detector
  • Check batteries once a year to ensure proper working order
  • Have fuel-burning appliances, including oil and gas furnaces, gas water heaters, gas ranges and ovens, gas dryers, gas or kerosene space heaters, fireplaces and wood stoves, inspected by a trained professional once a year
  • Make certain that flues and chimneys are connected, in good working condition, and not blocked
  • Choose appliances that vent their fumes to the outside whenever possible
  • Read and follow all of the instructions that accompany any fuel-burning device
  • Don't sleep in any room with an unvented gas or kerosene space heater
  • Don't idle the car in a garage, even if the garage door to the outside is open
  • Don't use a gas oven to heat your home, even for a short time

TIPS TO AVOID DEADLY FURNITURE FIRES

  • Make sure the furniture you buy – especially beds and pillows – are fire-retardant
  • Keep all matches and lighters out of reach of children
  • Put smoke detectors in all bedrooms and other locations throughout your house

TIPS TO AVOID PLAYGROUND INJURIES

  • Make sure playground equipment is surrounded by adequate fall zones
  • Make sure surfaces around playground equipment are soft and uniform
  • Look for broken equipment or missing parts
  • Watch for tripping and entanglement hazards
  • Be alert for playground equipment that can tip over
  • Make sure there are guardrails on elevated surfaces such as platforms, ramps and bridge-ways

TIPS TO AVOID SPORTS INJURIES

  • Make sure your child's team has a certified trainer
  • Make sure the coach has a track record of good judgment
  • Make sure protocols are established for all types of injuries
  • Make sure protective equipment is in use and up to date
  • Get your child a a physical to make sure he/she is healthy before starting to play a sport
  • Make sure your child has the right shoes, gear and equipment
  • Make sure your child drinks lots of water
  • Make sure your child warms up and stretches properly before practices and games

TIPS TO AVOID ATV ACCIDENTS AND INJURIES

  • ATV drivers should be at least 16 years old
  • ATV drivers should always wear approved helmets with face and eye protection
  • ATV drivers and supervising adults should complete approved ATV safety courses
  • Riding on public roads, or with a passenger, should be strictly prohibited
  • ATV drivers should not use alcohol or other substances when they ride
  • They should always maintain a safe distance between riders; tailgating can lead to collisions and injuries
  • They should ride with others and let someone know where they are riding; they should never ride alone
  • They should obey the laws
  • They should stay on trails designated for ATVs
  • They should be informed of local weather conditions, and dress and equip appropriately
  • They should know the area they are riding in and be aware of its potential hazards
  • They should always ride at a safe and responsible speed
  • They should know their abilities and not  exceed those levels
  • They should check all equipment before heading out to make sure it's in good working order
  • They should carry a map of the trail or area where they intend to travel

TIPS TO AVOID SWIMMING POOL ACCIDENTS AND DROWNINGS

  • Never leave a child unsupervised in the pool
  • Keep rescue equipment and a cordless or cell phone nearby in case you need to call 911
  • Don't use inflatable swim aids like floaties, only approved life vests
  • Don't allow kids who can't swim in or around the pool
  • Children younger than 4 should always be accompanied by their parents in the pool
  • Enclose your pool with high fences, which can be locked; do not leave the pool open and accessible to any children
  • Spas and hot tubs must also be avoided, especially in the case of younger children who are susceptible to overheating
  • Every parent should be familiar with basic CPR techniques in case of any accident

TIPS TO AVOID SUMMER CAMP INJURIES

  • Check to see if the camp is accredited by the American Camp Association.
  • Make sure it has a high staff-to-camper ratio.
  • Make sure medical staff and equipment are on site 24/7.
  • Click here for more summer camp safety information from the ACA