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TEMPORARY COVID-19 RELATED CHANGES

Due to the current pandemic the Boston Public Health Commission and it's Programs are working on an adjusted schedule. Despite the temporary changes the Injury Prevention Program will continue to offer home safety supplies to residents but on a slightly limited schedule. To request supplies and make an appointment for pick up, email injuryprevention@bphc.org and a program member will respond within 24-48 hours.

Covid-19 Home Safety Tips

 

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The majority of injuries to children ages 0-14 years old happen at home. The lack of fear and natural curiosity of children can lead to potentially dangerous situations. Taking simple prevention measures and closely supervising children can help protect them from common home-related injuries including window falls, poisoning, drowning, and burns. 

Our program provides childproofing safety supplies such as: cabinet locks, outlet covers, door knob covers, oven locks, all purpose straps (and more) to help families keep their children safe at home. In addition, we also provide educational literature for residents who want to learn more about injury prevention or for local organizations who would like to distribute information to their clients.
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Safety Resources

We offer our safety supplies and brochures at no cost. If you are interested in placing an order, please fill out and return the request forms found below.
Please note that supplies and brochures are only available to Boston residents and agencies, and we do require two weeks notice when placing requests. 

Call us at 617-534-5197 or email us at injuryprevention@bphc.org if you have any questions. 

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General Home Safety Tips

Carbon Monoxide

  • Install carbon monoxide (CO) alarms on every level of your home and near all sleeping areas. 
  • Check your CO alarm every month and replace the alarm if it is older than 10 years, replacing the batteries once a year.
  • Never use your oven or stove to heat your home. 
  • Never leave your car running inside of an enclosed garage. 
  • Learn more about carbon monoxide here.

Falls Prevention

  • Use safety gates at the top or bottom of stairs if possible. 
  • Secure TVs and furniture to the wall using mounts or anchors to prevent tip-overs.
  • Keep furniture and anything a child can climb on away from windows. 
  • Install window guards inside of your home to prevent window falls.
  • Learn more about our Window Falls Prevention program here. 

Fires and Burns

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home and near all sleeping areas. 
  • Check your smoke alarm every month and replace the alarm if it is older than 10 years, replacing the batteries once a year.
  • Keep lighters, matches, and candles locked and away from children. 
  • Keep hot foods and liquids out of children’s reach. Cook with pots and pans on back burners and turn pot handles to the back of the stove. 
  • Learn more about carbon monoxide here.

Poison Prevention

  • Keep medicines, vitamins, cosmetics and cleaning chemicals stored up and locked away from children. Use a cabinet lock to help keep children out of cabinets with potentially harmful items inside.
  • Read medication and other product labels to find out what can be dangerous to children. 
  • Dispose of unused and expired medications safely, easily and confidentially. Find a disposal location near you here.

Product Recalls

  • Stay up-to-date on product recalls related to babies, toddlers and young children to help prevent injuries.
  • Be sure to read the warning of the recall closely. If the product is said to be unsafe, stop using it immediately. 
  • For product recalls visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission or sign up for Safe Kids Worldwide recall newsletter here.

Safe Sleep

  • Remember the sleep safety ABC’s when putting your child to sleep: 
    • A for Alone: Your child should sleep alone in its crib, without pillows, blankets, or stuffed animals. 
    • B for Back: Your child should sleep flat on its back on a firm mattress. 
    • C for Crib: Your child should only be sleeping inside of its crib. It shouldn’t sleep on a chair, couch or other furniture to prevent potential falls or injury. 
  • Learn more about sleep safety here.

Toy Safety

  • Make sure your children’s toys are appropriate for their age, interests, and abilities. 
  • Be careful of small parts, magnets, strings, button batteries and other potential choking hazards in your child’s toys. 
  • Learn more about toy safety here.

Water Safety

  • Always supervise children around water and never leave them alone in the bath tub. 
  • Close toilet lids to prevent drowning. 
  • Teach children how to swim and enroll them in swimming classes if possible. 
  • Learn more about water safety here.

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Phone:(617) 534-5395 Email: info@bphc.org