Home Safety Program

The Texas Children’s Home Safety Program is a year-round child safety awareness campaign with a focus on preventing common injuries to children in their homes, the place where they should be the safest. The Texas Children’s Home Safety educational program focuses on:

  1. The reduction of the risk of SIDS and sleep related deaths in children less than one year of age
  2. Assisting families with identifying common household hazards and childproofing their homes
  3. Water safety education for families, schools, and community groups 

Spotlight on safety: Holiday Safety in the Home

With Thanksgiving and Christmas right around the corner, families will be gathering together to share meals, string lights, and decorate trees. While you are enjoying this fun and relaxing time with family, we also want you to remember the potential dangers in your home. Follow the safety tips below to ensure you are ready for a happy and safe holiday season!

  • If you are using a turkey fryer, make sure to keep it at least 10 feet from your house on flat ground with a fire extinguisher close by – keep children away as they can get burns very easily
  • To avoid food poisoning, avoid keeping leftover food out for more than two hours and use a food thermometer to make sure that meat is cooked to a proper temperature
  • Never leave candles burning unattended or in a room while sleeping; always keep them away from trees and curtains
  • Keep poisonous plants like poinsettias out of the reach of children
  • Use a fresh cut tree that is more resistant to ignition and keep it watered & away from candles
  • Place breakable and sharp ornaments towards the top of the tree
  • Look for certifications on decorations and lights such as CSA international, UL, or ELT
  • Inspect lights for frayed cords and cracked bulb holders
  • Always replace bulbs with the correct wattage
  • Turn indoor lights off when not at home and put your outdoor lights on a timer
  • Never connect more than one extension cord together
  • When buying toys for children, make sure that they are age appropriate; age ranges should be listed on the box as small parts and pieces can easily become choking hazards

Home safety

The best way to discover potential dangers in your home:

  • Get down to your child's level
  • Look at every room the way your child would
  • Take the home safety tour 

Always remember:

  • Childproofing checklist | En español
  • Safety latches on doors and drawers
  • Outlet covers
  • Safety gates at the top and bottom of stairs and between rooms
  • Doorknob covers and door locks to prevent children from entering rooms with possible dangers
  • Water heater to 120º F to help prevent burns
  • Use a faucet cover and non-skid mat in the bath
  • Have all items handy needed to bathe your child
  • Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms should be installed on every level of your home near sleep areas
  • Check alarms monthly to make sure they are working
  • Change batteries at least once a year
  • Use window guards to help prevent falls from windows
  • Pad sharp corners on furniture and fireplace
  • Secure furniture and appliances with wall straps
  • Never leave your child alone in the bath or attended by an older child.
  • If you have guns and ammunition in your house, please read this gun safety checklist to ensure your family’s safety

Online home safety resources

Safe sleep for your baby

Your baby should always sleep alone in their own separate safety approved sleep space. Babies should always be placed on their backs to sleep, at nap time and night time.

Tips for sleep safety

  • Pacifier use during sleep time helps reduce the risk of SIDS.
  • If breastfeeding, do not offer a pacifier until after the first month.
  • Do not overheat baby. The recommended room temperature is between 68º to 73º F.
  • Use a sleep sack or other approved sleeper instead of a blanket.
  • Babies should sleep in an empty crib…
    • No pillows
    • No bumpers
    • No heavy quilts
    • No loose bedding
    • No stuffed animals
    • Nothing but a tight-fitting sheet on a safety-approved crib mattress 
  • Check for recalls and up-to-date information on safety guidelines for cribs and other baby products

More information about SIDS

Baby Boxes
Baby boxes have gained attention this year in the United States. The idea began in Finland as an alternative to more expensive cribs and has now grown in popularity in other parts of the world. Unfortunately, more research is needed before we know that these are a safe and effective way to prevent SIDS.