Making Safe Simple: 100 ways in 100 days.

As the state's only Level I pediatric trauma center in a hospital dedicated solely to children, we are leading the charge in helping to prevent common childhood injuries. To commemorate our Level I designation, we kicked off Making Safe Simple: 100 Ways in 100 Days, where Children's and UnitedHealthcare will be in the community, sharing simple safety tips, giving away bike helmets and life jackets, and so much more.

Check back daily as we reveal a new safety tip each day, for 100 days!
And check out our calendar of events to find a Making Safe Simple event near you!

Previous tips: 1-10  11-20  21-30  31-40  41-50  51-60  61-70  71-80  81-90  91-100



Always assume a child could be present and carefully check the street, driveway and area around your vehicle before backing out. Designate a safe spot for children to wait when nearby vehicles are about to move, in order to make sure the driver can see them.


To avoid injuries and suffocations, use only cordless window coverings in homes with children 8 years old and younger.


To help cushion falls and prevent injuries while participating in wheeled-sport activities, wear a helmet and other protective gear such as wrist, elbow and knee pads.


Cars are not intended to be playgrounds. Lock all vehicle doors and the trunk after everyone has exited the vehicle; especially at home.


To prevent strangulations, dress appropriately for the playground. Wear loose fitting clothing that does not have draw strings, scarves or necklaces on them.


Install stops on dresser drawers to prevent them from being pulled allt he wayout and landing on the child. Also, keep heavier items on lower shelves or in lower drawers.


When participating in wheeled-sports activities, ride on smooth, dry surfaces located in well-lit areas away from traffic.


To prevent children climbing or falling down stairs, use approved safety gates at the tops and bottoms of stairs.


Make sure playground equipment is age appropriate. Since 1994, manufacturers are required to place a sticker on each piece of equipment stating the appropriate age group it was designed for.


To prevent injuries in the tub, install a faucet cover over your bathtub taps. Covers come in fun animal shapes and can be found at baby supply stores.


Always walk on sidewalks or paths and cross at street corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.


Avoid playgrounds with non-impact absorbing surfaces such as asphalt, concrete, grass, dirt or gravel. Instead find playgrounds that have sand, rubber, pea gravel or mulch as a surface.


Your helmet should be comfortable when fitted properly.


If you are riding your bike and there is no sidewalk available, ride on the right side of the road (with traffic). If you are walking, you should walk on the left side of the road (against traffic).


Keep your child in a rear-facing car seat as long as possible, until at least 2 years of age.


To avoid choking, cut food for toddlers into tiny pieces. Children under 5 years of age should not eat small, round or hard foods. For example, cut grapes in half, cut hot dogs into smaller portions and avoid hard candies.


Teach kids to make eye contact with drivers before they cross the street so they know if the driver is going to stop.


A child should always use a secure ladder to climb into or out of the bunk bed.


To prevent injuries from falls, baby-proof your home by attaching corner or edge guards on furniture such as coffee tables or other hard furniture.


Always wear sturdy, close toed shoes when using a lawn mower to prevent slipping or injuries to your toes, feet or ankles.


Teach children to stay away from electrical outlets and put outlet caps on every socket in the house that your child can reach.


To properly measure for a helmet, measure around your head just above your eyebrows and ears.


Magnets are hazardous so keep small magnets away from children. These include magnets found in children's toys and refrigerator magnets.


Teach kids to stand at least 3 giant steps back from the curb as the bus approaches, and board the bus one at a time.


Place bunk beds in the corner of the room so that there are walls on two sides of the bed. Also, install guardrails on both sides of the top bunk, and make sure the guardrails rise at least 5 inches above the mattress.


Lay your baby on his or her back for EVERY sleep.


To prevent accidental drowning, pool gates should self-close and self-latch at a height children cannot reach. Pool gates should also open out (away) from the pool.


Walk with your kids to the bus stop and wait with them until it arrives.


To prevent potential burns, do not carry or hold a child while using the stove or oven.


Soft bedding can block a baby's airway during sleep. A firm mattress covered with a tight-fitting crib sheet is all you need to make your baby sleep like a baby.


Teach kids to wait for the bus to come to a complete stop before getting off and never walk behind the bus.


Properly install window guards to prevent children from falling from windows. For windows above the first floor, include emergency release devices in case of a fire.


Never leave a child alone in a car, not even for a minute. On a 90 degree day, the interior of a car that is parked in the sun can reach 109 degrees in just 10 minutes.


Make sure that all medication, including vitamins and adult medicines are stored out of sight or out of reach of children.


While biking or participating in any other wheeled-sports, use appropriate hand signals to alert others where you are going. Always stop at stop signs, stoplights and intersections.


Before purchasing a toy or game, make sure there are not any small parts or other potential choking hazards if young children will be present.


To help with a proper fit, make sure you cannot fit more than one finger between the strap and your chin when wearing a helmet. The helmet should pull down gently onto your head when you open your mouth as if you were yawning.


Never swim beneath obstacles in the water such as trees, rocks, rafts or docks.


Mount flat screen TVs to the wall or secure them using straps, anchors, or braces to reduce the risk of TVs toppling off stands.


When fitted properly, the straps on your helmet should lay flat against your skin and should not be twisted.


Keep poisonous substances in their original containers. Do not use food or drink containers for storage of cleaners or chemicals.


Always supervise children around water. At the pool or beach designate a "Water Watcher" to watch the children and rotate this responsibility when there are multiple adults around.


Think of the buckle on your helmet as an "on and off" switch; in order for your helmet to work and do its job, "turn it on" by buckling the strap. This way it will stay on and in place if you crash.


Before prolonged physical activity, children should be well-hydrated. For the first hour of exercise, water alone can be used. Kids should drink water or sport drink every 20 minutes while exercising in the heat.


To prevent accidental scalding, set your water heater to 120 degrees Farenheit or the manufacturer's recommended setting.


When in a motor vehicle, be sure your child is properly buckled in an appropriate child safety seat.


To prevent falls, never leave babies unsupervised on any piece of furniture. This includes changing tables, beds, and sofas.


Be sure to reapply sunscreen often, especially if you have been sweating of have been in the water.


Did you know? Minnesota law states that all children under the age of 10 years old must wear a lifejacket while on board a watercraft that is not tied up to a dock or permanent mooring.


Your helmet should rest one to two fingers above your eyebrows.


Install toilet and cabinet locks to prevent curious minds from potential dangers or injuries.


Use sun-protective clothing. Dress your kids in hats with wide brims and tightly-woven cotton clothing or clothes that have SPF built in.


Remove bibs before bedtime or nap time to prevent the child from strangulation.


Sign up for Safe Kids to receive bimonthly alerts for recent recalls specific to children.


While seated in a vehicle do not place the shoulder belt under the child's arm or behind the child's back.


To prevent burns from hot food or liquid spills, use the back burner of your stove and turn pot handles inward.


Keep babies younger than 6 months out of direct sunlight. Find shade and dress them in lightweight sun-protective clothing.


After your child has outgrown a rear facing car seat (at least 2 years old), keep your child in a forward-facing car seat until they have outgrown the height and weight limits of their specific seat, which is usually 4. Check your car seat manufacturer's instructions for specifications. 


As a family, practice a home fire escape plan in case of a fire. Do this by drawing a map of your home with all doors and windows shown, visit each room and find two ways out, and pick a meeting place outside our home in case of a fire. 


When fitted properly, your helmet should not wiggle when you shake your head from side to side. 


Only enter the water head first when the area is clearly marked for diving and has no obstacles. 


A helmet can only withstand one crash. Once a helmet has been in a crash, or has been cracked or dented it should be replaced. Remember, "One crash, then it's trash!"


Avoid placing remote controls, food, toys or other items in places where kids might be tempted to climb up or reach for them. 


For best protection, keep your children riding in the back seat of the car until age 13. 


Water toys and "floaties" should never be used in place of a US Coast Guard approved flotation device. 


Teach your kids to always tell you where they are going. 


Remove stones, sticks, toys and debris from the lawn before you mow. Items run over by lawn mowers can become projectiles leading to injury. 


Teach your kids about poison ivy and how to identify it. Use the saying "Leaves of three, let them be!" 


Keep all potential poisons up high and out of reach of children. Even better, place them in a locked storage container. 


Do not swim when thunder or lightning is occurring. 


When properly fitted, your helmet should be level on your head. 


Make sure you do not have standing water around play areas since it is a nesting area for mosquitoes and other insects. 


Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water while playing outside. 


Car seats should be installed such that when you grab the car seat at the seat belt path, it should not move more than one inch in any direction. 


Read and obey all rules and posted signs in swimming areas. 

25sunWear sunscreen that says "broad-spectrum" on the label. It means that it will protect against UVB and UVA rays. For sensitive areas of the body such as the nose, cheeks, ears, and shoulders use sunscreen with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide sits on top of the skin and forms a barrier against the sun's rays as soon as you put it on. These products even come in fun colors that the kids will enjoy!


To properly use a fire extinguisher, Pull the pin. Aim at the base of the fire, not the flames. Squeeze the lever slowly. Sweep from side to side.


Assemble a first aid kit. Some things that may be helpful in your fist aid kit are: Tylenol, ibuprofen, medical tape, gauze, band aids, triple-antibiotic, burn gel, safety pins, insect repellent, child safe sunscreen, non-latex gloves, and tweezers.


Did you know? Minnesota Law states that a child should remain in a booster seat until he/she reaches 8 years old or 4'9" tall.


The kitchen is the room in the home most likely to have a fire. Keep appliances in good working order, do not store flammable items near the stove, and never leave food that is cooking unattended.


Teach your children not to play in, under or around vehicles.


Wear sunglasses with at least 99% UV protection.


Take swimming lessons. Courses are available for all ages and all skill levels.


The straps on your helmet should form a "V" around your ears.


Do no try to swat bees away with your hand. Stand still and they should go away.


Children should never ride as a passenger or play on any lawnmower whether it is in use or storage.


Only swim in designated swimming area.


Make sure you have the right helmet for the activity you are participating in. 


Limit your sun exposure during 10:00 am and 4:00 pm; this is when the sun's rays are the strongest.


Find a helmet you like. If you like the style of your helmet, you will be more likely to wear it. 


Install a carbon monoxide alarm on every level of your home, especially near sleeping areas. 


To make sure that your child's lifejacket is the right size, gently lift the child by the shoulders of the lifejacket once the child is secured in it. The child's chin and ears should not slip through. Also, make sure your lifejacket is US Coast Guard approved. 


Teach your children that if their clothes or hair ever catch on fire they should: STOP, DROP and ROLL! 


Wear a helmet when participating in wheeled activities to help protect your head in case of a crash. 


When around a wooded/wet area that contains bugs and insects, wear insect repellent that contains DEET (Diethyltoluamide).

When applying to children, avoid their eyes, hands and any cut or irritated skin. Insect repellent containing DEET should not be used on children under 2 months of age.


To prevent falls, use safety straps and other safety features on high chairs, shopping carts, and changing tables. 


Avoid swimming in areas with storm drains or water run offs to prevent drowning from being trapped in the current. 


Replace your helmet after hitting your head in a crash or if the foam or shell is cracked or dented. 


Keep the Poison Center phone number in/on your phone in case of ingestion and exposure emergencies. It is 800-222-1222.


Always wear sunscreen when outside. Use a sunscreen that has an SPF of at least 30 and reapply every 2 hours as well as after swimming or increased sweating.