Home Safety | Overview
When the weather gets warm, it’s tempting to open windows to let in fresh air. To keep kids safe around open windows and prevent serious falls, use window guards on all windows above the first floor. Screens are not strong enough to stop a child from falling through a window.
Keep windows locked when they are closed. Set rules with your child about not playing near windows.
Keep furniture away from windows so children can’t climb up. Open windows from the top, leaving the bottom closed, when possible. A window open just five inches can be dangerous for children under the age of 10.
Poisoning is the fifth-leading cause of children's death from unintentional injuries in the home. Medications and household cleaning products should always be placed in a locked area that is out of your child's reach. Medications that are old, outdated or no longer being used should be disposed of properly.
For more information go to the Massachusetts and Rhode Island's Poison Control Center's website.
Family education materials:
- Poison Safety Family Education Sheet
- Poison Safety Family Education Sheet (Spanish Version)