Safety Center Tips

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Whether you’re putting your children down for a nap or driving them to school, we have tips to help you keep them safe. You’ll find advice on topics including:

  • Maintaining a safe environment at any age
  • Preparing your kids to play sports — or just play in the yard
  • Protecting them from the hidden dangers in your home

Keeping kids safe

About every four seconds, a child in the U.S. is treated for an injury in an emergency room, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. Most of those injuries happen in a car, at home or on a sports field.

Most are preventable if you:

  • Find the dangers
  • Learn to prevent them
  • Have the right products
  • Teach your children how to be safe

Safety tips by topic

Find complete guides to keeping your baby or child safe at home, on the go, around water, on the playground and on sports fields. The Doernbecher Tom Sargent Safety Center is your partner in preventing injuries to children of all ages.

On our Baby and Toddler Safety page, you’ll find safety information about:

  • Cribs
  • Fires
  • Poisons
  • Car seats
  • Safe sleep
  • Feeding your baby
  • Pacifiers
  • Changing time
  • Equipment
  • Play time
  • Bath time
  • Kitchens and bathrooms
  • Stairs
  • Outlets and cords
  • Windows
  • Fireplaces
  • Furniture
  • Pets
  • Other tips

On our Home and Yard Safety page, you’ll find safety advice about:

  • Preventing falls
  • Windows
  • Playgrounds
  • Toys
  • Lawnmowers
  • Poisons
  • Guns

On our Car and Street Safety page, you’ll find safety tips about:

  • Cars and car seats
  • School buses
  • Driveways
  • On the street
  • Drinking and driving
  • ATVs
  • Traveling with children

On our Sports and Recreation Safety page, you’ll find information about safety in:

  • Baseball and softball
  • Basketball
  • Bicycling
  • Cheerleading
  • Football
  • Hockey
  • Scooters, skating and skateboarding
  • Skiing and snowboarding
  • Soccer

On our Water and Sun Safety page, you’ll find safety tips about:

  • Sun
  • Heat
  • Swimming
  • Life jackets
  • Boating
  • Personal watercraft

On our Holiday and Seasonal Safety page, you’ll find safety information about:

  • Halloween
  • Fireworks
  • Winter holidays
  • Cold weather
  • Sledding

On our Safety When You’re Not Home page, you’ll find safety advice about:

Baby sitters
Medication and medical issues
Care and play

Learn more

Location and hours

The Tom Sargent Safety Resource Center is in Doernbecher's main lobby.

Doernbecher Children’s Hospital
700 S.W. Campus Drive
Portland, OR 97239
Map and directions

Hours: 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays or by appointment.


Visit our Safety Resources page to find brochures you can download and links to safety products in our nonprofit store.

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