5 to 10 Years

For All Ages:

• Keep home smoke free

• Learn CPR

• Install smoke alarms in all rooms and test every six months

• Keep water heater temperature below 120° F

• Always place hot foods and liquids in a safe place, out of reach of children

• Follow water safety signs and swim where lifeguards are present

• Teach children how to swim

Developmental Stages & Accomplishments

• Child has a growing sense of self and ability.

• Strength, motor skills and coordination develop
at their own rate. Children the same age my not
have the same skills or abilities.

• Starts looking to friends for peer acceptance.

  • Teach kids how to walk safely: look left, right and left again before crossing the street.
  • Children under 10 years need to cross the street with an adult.
  • Teach kids not to run or dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.
  • Make sure your child has the right size helmet and wears it every time when riding, skating or scooting.
  • Enroll your child in swimming lessons when you feel your child is ready.
  • Teach kids never to go near or in water without an adult present.
  • Make sure your home pool or spa has a proper drain cover.
  • Bring a water bottle and take regular breaks.
  • Know signs and symptoms of dehydration and get medical care immediately: muscle cramping, faintness or dizziness, nausea, rapid heartbeat.
  • Make sure to have the right equipment and wear it for both practice and games.
  • Know the signs and symptoms of concussion and seek medical care immediately.
  • Keep your child in a forward-facing car seat with a harness until they reach the top limits for height and weight of the car seat before switching to a booster seat.
  • Keep kids in the back seat of the vehicle.
  • Keep your child in a booster seat until he/she is big enough to fit in a seat belt properly (or at least until the age of 8 years old).
  • Keep cleaning products in their original containers.
  • Safely throw away old medicines and other poisons.
  • Read product labels to find out what can be hazardous to kids.
  • Save the Poison Help Line in your phone, 1-800-222-1222.
  • Do not allow children to use a microwave by themselves until they are both tall enough to reach it safely and able to understand that steam can cause burns
  • Actively supervise bigger kids in the kitchen and around electrical appliances
  • Keep gasoline and lighters in a safe place and out of reach of children.
  • Teach children never to play with matches, lighters or fireworks
  • Store guns out of the home, or keep unloaded and locked in a place separate from ammunition
  • Teach child never to touch a gun, tell an adult if you see one
  • Talk to family and friends about safe gun storage