Safety and injuries

Poison Control: When accidents happen with chemicals, medicine, or household items, call 1-800-222-1222 from anywhere in the US. 

Pre-program your phones with this important number for emergency use!

25 tips from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

My child swallowed...

If your child has swallowed something and you're worried, read My Child Swallowed...

International Travel

If you're planning to travel internationally, there are many things to consider to keep your family safe.

Poison Control

Poison Control:  When accidents happen with chemicals, medicine, or household items, call 1-800-222-1222 from anywhere in the US. 

Pre-program your phones with this important number for emergency use!

 

Outdoor Safety (not sun or bugs)

Topics covered on this page are backyard safety (poison ivy, lawn mowing and lawn care products, play equipment); bicycles/tricycles, scooters, and skateboards; and outdoor food safety.

Swimming and Water Safety

Information on how to protect your child around water, in swimming pools, at lakes, and much more.

Sun Safety

Protecting your child in the sun is very important. Make sure you understand how sunscreen should be used and what SPF is.

Stitches or Staples

Some cuts need stitches or staples to help the skin heal. Stitches and staples help pull the edges of a cut together so it can heal better.

Skin Glue Care

Your child's wound has been treated with skin glue. This skin glue holds the wound edges together so that it can heal. The skin glue dries and forms a clear purplish film covering the wound.

Make Your Own Cheap Ice Pack

This simple "recipe" can make a great ice pack that conforms to your injured area because it is not a solid ice block, but more of a "slushie" consistency.

Home Safety

Information on tips, steps and techniques to help make your hope a safer place for your child.

Head Injuries

Many toddlers and children fall and hit their head many times during their lives. Most head injuries are minor and symptoms resolve within a couple hours. More serious symptoms might show up in the first 24 hours after an injury, so watch your child closely during that time.

Bug Safety

Safety information for your children on bug repellants, treatment for insect bites and stings, avoidance tips, tricks and other information. 

Sports Burnout and Overuse Injuries

It is not just Johnson County that is experiencing the trend of pushing young children on competitive teams and multiple activities each week - it is a trend across the nation.

Internet Safety

Today's internet offers many resources to easily gather information literally without leaving our homes. We sometimes forget that this ease of information also incurs risks if not done responsibly.

Sexual Abuse

The statistics on sexual abuse are frightening: 1 in 10 males and 1 in 5 females will be sexually abused by the time they are 18 years old.

Car Seat Safety

Studies show up to 80% of children are in car seats improperly.  Car seat checks are available at police stations, fire stations, and with the highway patrol, all by appointment only.  Bring your children to be sure they are safely in the car!

SIDS prevention

SIDS remains the number one cause of death for infants from one month to one year of age. Recommendations for a safe sleep environment include positioning baby on his back, the use of a firm sleep surface, room-sharing without bed-sharing, and the avoidance of soft bedding and overheating.