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:
- The reduction of the risk of SIDS and sleep related deaths in children less than one year of age
- Assisting families with identifying common household hazards and childproofing their homes
- Water safety education for families, schools, and community groups
Spotlight on safety: Be Safe with Holiday Fireworks
Summer is officially here, meaning many families will be enjoying cookouts, pool time, and at some point fireworks. Fireworks are undoubtedly exciting and beautiful to watch, but it’s important to remember the dangers they pose to both adults and children alike.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, nearly 250 people visit emergency centers across the nation every day during this holiday weekend with firework-related injuries.
Children should not handle fireworks. This includes sparklers, firecrackers, roman candles, novelties, bottle rockets and public displays. Even sparklers are dangerous – they burn at temperatures between 1,800 and 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit! If you’re planning to use sparklers with your family this Fourth of July, it’s recommended to avoid giving sparklers to children under 5 years of age.
Fireworks should only be used outdoors, away from any buildings, homes and vehicles. Make sure to read all instructions and labels before use. It’s important to wear safety glasses to protect your eyes, and to also keep a bucket of water, a water hose or fire extinguisher nearby. If a firework doesn’t go off, wait 20 minutes and soak it in water; don’t try to relight it. Only light one firework at a time to ensure you can move away from the area quickly after lighting. Once the firework is done burning, submerge the product in water before throwing it in the trash. If you’re under the influence of alcohol, you should not be handling fireworks – this is never OK.
Consider the following tips:
- Check to make sure fireworks are legal in your area, and read all related guidelines.
- Don’t allow a child to handle fireworks. If you’re using sparklers, do not give one to a child under 5 years of age.
- Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
- Don’t wear loose clothing while lighting fireworks, and never light near dry grass, brush, leaves or other flammable substances.
- Never try to set fireworks off inside glass or metal containers.
- Do not transport firework in your pockets.
- Make sure the fireworks you’ve purchased are legal and consumer-grade.
- Don’t try to use professional fireworks yourself. These are typically packaged in brown paper.
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
- 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
- American SIDS Institute
- First Candle
- Cribs for Kids®: We are a proud partner of Cribs for Kids®, a national infant safe sleep initiative.
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.