Six Steps to Preventing Injuries

Constant supervision of children engaged in age-appropriate activities is the best foundation for injury prevention. The six steps listed below will help you make sure that children are as safe as possible.

  1. Conduct regular safety checks. Each room and the outdoor play area should be checked at least once a month.
  2. Actively look for hazards. Get down on your hands and knees and look at the world through the eyes of a child. Notice how many new places and objects there are to play with and explore. Make a note of dangers you didn’t notice before and come up with a plan for fixing them.
  3. If you find a problem, fix it immediately. If you can’t fix it, make a note of it, put the hazard off-limits with easy-to-see barriers, and follow up with plans to get it fixed. Encourage all staff to participate in conducting the checks and planning ways to deal with hazards.
  4. Take special safety precautions when caring for infants and toddlers.
  5. Provide children with the skills to prevent injuries and to help care for themselves and others in case of an emergency.
  6. Try to state safety rules as “do’s” instead of “do nots”. It’s human nature to be more likely to follow rules if they’re stated in a positive way.

Download the indoor safety poster

Download the outdoor safety poster