Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines unintentional
injury as “Injury or poisoning that is not inflicted by deliberate
means. Includes those injuries and poisonings described as unintended
or "accidental", regardless of whether the injury was
inflicted by oneself or by another person.” Some common mechanisms
or causes of unintentional injuries are motor vehicle accidents,
falls and fire/burn. (WISQARS™)
Prevention 1st is a non-profit organization dedicated to injury prevention. Their SafetyLinks page providess resources for use by families and child care professionals.
Safety: Know How to Get Out -- Fast
is it so important to plan, and practice, several fire escape routes
from your home? In a real fire, it's vital to start moving the moment
the smoke detector goes off and there may be no time to hesitate
or find an alternate route if your most obvious escape path is blocked.
How much time do you have? It varies but this story illustrates just how quickly the situation
can become deadly.
Home Fire Drill
This site by Prevention 1st tells you why and how to plan and practice a home fire drill. Includes the video Home Fire Drill: Does Your Family Know What to Do? and the interactive animated teaching game Help Mikey Make It Out.
Academy of Pediatrics
American Academy of Pediatrics’ TIPP (The Injury Prevention
Program) age related safety sheets provide safety and unintentional
injury prevention information pertinent to each developmental stage.
TIPP also has webpages devoted to fire safety in the home. See especially
the safety section of the site’s You & Your Family page.
Association of Poison Control Centers
Association’s Poisoning Prevention page offer brochures, poisoning
fact sheets and prevention tips and resources.
for Disease Control and Prevention – National Center for Injury
Prevention and Control
CDC's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC)
works to reduce morbidity, disability, mortality, and costs associated
(Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System) is the
Injury Center's interactive, online database that provides customized
injury-related mortality data and nonfatal injury data useful for
research and for making informed public health decisions. WISQARS
can provide customized reports based on user specified age groups
and geographic information.
for Disease Control and Prevention – Health Topic: Infants
this section of the CDC’s website for an A-Z listing of health
topics. Select the Infants and Children page to find a great deal
of information about health and safety issues related to infants
Public Schools – Virtual Pre-K
Pre-K, developed by Chicago Public Schools offers video lessons
in English and Spanish and companion activities on the Virtual Pre-K
website. The “Taking Care of Me” video includes lessons
related to preschoolers’ nutrition, health and safety. The
videos can be previewed online and the website has lessons preschoolers
can complete at school and at home including “Fire Smart,”
“Safe at Home” and “Safe Outside.” The Virtual
Pre-K site also has an idea exchange, a success chart and links
to other resources.
offered by the Children’s Defense Fund include reports with
information about the youth jobless rate, census information related
to children, crime and violence, and education and health. See especially
the site’s section on lead poisoning.
Product Safety Commission
CPSC's website offers numerous publications available for free download.
General topics include bicycle safety, child safety (childproofing
your home, baby and child safety checklists, guidelines for babysitters,
product warnings), holiday safety, playground safety and several
Consumer Product Safety Review: This quarterly journal offers
an in-depth look at the latest hazards associated with home and
recreational products, as well as significant current product recalls.
You can also order a hardcopy subscription.
Fire Protection Association's (NFPA) Fire Prevention Week Survey
NFPA commissioned Harris Interactive to conduct this 2004 telephone survey
of 1,000 adults living in private households in the U.S. to explore
their experiences with and knowledge of smoke alarms, experiences
with fires in their homes and awareness of potential fire hazards,
safety measures, and fire risks. Respondents reported feeling that
fire was the disaster for which they felt most prepared, however
only one third had practiced a fire escape plan.
Safety Council - Injury
Facts is the National Safety Council’s annual statistical
report on unintentional injuries, their characteristics and related
costs. Visit their site for information about how to order this
and other NSC books, manuals and reports and to access many resources
offered free of charge.
National SAFE KIDS Campaign
National SAFE KIDS Campaign’s mission is “Protecting
Children From Their Number One Killer…Unintentional Injury.”
Take special notice of the site’s safety tips addressing top
causes of unintentional injury in young children including fire
& burn, with printable checklists in English and Spanish. SAFE
KIDS also offers resources designed specifically for teachers including
an activity book and pedestrian safety kit.