Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
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Safety Topic of the Week


sitter safetyChildcare Safety Tips

When headed out for that special date or occasion, it’s easy to forget to brief the babysitter on child safety.

Medication Safety Tips

Over 7,000 children visit emergency rooms every year for problems related to medication reactions and errors in giving medication. Errors commonly involve pain and fever medications such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen. In order to prevent these errors, safeguards must be put in place.


Choking hazards are something we face every day. Anything we eat or drink has the potential to cause choking. Babies and small children are especially susceptible to objects that can impede the flow of air to their lungs.

National Burn Safety Awareness Week

While thousands of scald burns occur annually, increased awareness of these dangers can prevent injuries. To help people be mindful of scald burns, the American Burn Association has declared the first week of February National Burn Awareness Week.

Safety Topic of the WeekCoats and Car Seats

Children should never wear winter coats while strapped into a car seat. Though my children are grown now, I wish I had known the importance of this safety measure as a young mother.

Proper Lap and Shoulder Belt Usage

After years of infant car seats and booster seats, your child is now tall enough to graduate to an adult shoulder and lap seatbelt. The rules don’t change for a baby, a small child, a teenager, or an adult.

New Year Safety Tips

While staying safe on the road must be a high priority for New Year's Eve revellers, it's certainly not the only safety issue that you may confront as you ring in the New Year.

Safe Holiday Decorating Tips

Tis the season for beautiful holiday decorations. While hanging ornaments and stringing garlands, family members must be mindful of safety during this festive time.

Safety Topic of the WeekSafe Gift Buying

Many of us will make toy purchases for the children in our lives. Safety must be a priority as we make our selections. Be aware of the child’s age and development, and learn about the toy itself.

cookingGiving Thanks for Staying Safe

As you gather with family for Thanksgiving, take a moment to read our safety practices about having an injury-free holiday. Kitchens are bustling with activity, so it is important to be vigilant about your family's safety.

Safety Topic of the WeekHoliday Travel Safety Tips

Winter holidays often include travel to see family and friends. Whether your trip is over the river and through the woods, or the distance of a plane trip, plan ahead to ensure safe travels.

Safety Topic of the WeekTeens/Parents, no texting while driving!

How can you be more proactive in teaching your teen safe driving behaviors when they get behind the wheel?


Safety Topic of the WeekMasks vs. Face Painting 

Simple, effective safety practices can keep our spooky Halloween nights injury-free, and can even make this holiday more fun!


Safety Topic of the WeekBonfire Safety

Bonfires are often the perfect backdrop to a lazy fall night, whether you’re with friends, cuddling with your honey, or bonding with the kids. Here are safety tips to a stress-free bonfire.

Safety Topic of the WeekFire Safety

October is here and autumn is ushering in all the things we love during this time of year. October is also Fire Safety Month. We're offering some tips to keep your family safe from fires and burns.

Safety Topic of the WeekFarm Safety

Before you load up the family for a rural adventure, it's important to learn a bit about farm safety. Animals, heavy machinery, and pesticides are just a few of the hazards for kids on farms.

Safety Topic of the WeekBicycle Safety

Life can change dramatically when injuries occur because a child was not wearing a bicycle helmet. Falls from a bike will happen, but injuries can be less severe when a helmet is worn.

Safety Topic of the WeekCar Passenger Safety

Make sure children are properly buckled up in a car seat, booster seat, or seat belt that is appropriate for their age, height, and weight.

Safety Topic of the WeekBaby Safety Month

After a long, hot summer the cool days of autumn are highly anticipated. September ushers in the beginning of fall, but it also reminds us that it is Baby Safety Month.

Safety Topic of the WeekLabor Day Safety Tips

Many people view Labor Day as the end of summer and their last chance to travel, hit the beach, and fire up the grill. Be sure to follow a few safety tips to make sure your family will enjoy a fun and safe holiday.

Safety Topic of the WeekShopping Cart Safety

Sometimes a trip to the grocery store is a rushed errand with our kids in tow. Just like we talk about pedestrian safety and driving safety, we have to talk about shopping cart safety.

Safety Topic of the WeekSports Safety Tips
One of the worst things for an active kid is being on the sideline with an injury. As parents and coaches, there are simple things we can do to help reduce preventable injuries so our kids can continue playing the games they love.
The Wheels on the Bus
For many students it is the time to jump on a big yellow school bus. Because this time can also be one of distraction it is important to review school bus safety recommendations.
back to schoolSlow Down: Back to School Means Sharing the Road
Things get a little crazy on the roads during the school year. Buses are everywhere, kids on bikes are hurrying to get to school, and harried parents are dropping off their kids off before work. It's never more important for drivers to slow down and pay attention than when kids are present.

back to schoolWalk Safe, Walk Smart
There will be a flurry of activity over the next weeks as children prepare to go back to school. If your student plans to walk to school, be sure they know how to stay safe and aware each day.

trampoline safety
Trampoline safety: Bounce with caution
Trampolines are dangerous, even with safety nets and spring covers. Parents and children need to know the risks involved.

Fireworks safety
Fireworks and Children Don't Mix
Fireworks and the Fourth of July can be a dangerous mix. Doctors at Vanderbilt University Medical Center urge caution with fireworks and suggest leaving these displays to the experts.

Kids in hot cars
Dangers of Leaving Kids in Hot Cars

More than 30 children die every year from heat exhaustion after being left in vehicles. Learn why you should never leave a child in a hot car.

Preventing Heat Illness

The three most common types of heat injury are heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke.

Ten Tips for Lawnmower Safety

Injuries from lawn mowers are among the most traumatic seen at Children’s Hospital.

children window safety
The Fallout on Window Safety

Every year, more than 3,300 children ages five and younger are treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments for injuries related to falls from windows.

ATV safety
Ride Safe - An ATV is Not a Child's Toy

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that no one under age 16 ride ATVs or other motorized vehicles.

trigger lock
Gun Safety Tips

Firearm injuries are a major cause of death in Middle Tennessee and across the nation.

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Prevention

Distracted Driving Awareness and Prevention

Keeping Kids Safe From Falls

Burn and Scald Prevention

Pedestrian Safety infographic from Children's Safety Network

The Choking Game

Seasonal Tips

Halloween Safety

Tips for choosing safe toys

Decorating Safety

Cooking and Traveling 

Winter Safety

Winter Driving Safety


Last Edited: January 13, 2017
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