Safety Center Tips

Dr. Hoffman facing a mother who is holding her grinning toddler in her arms, smiling, listening.
Dr. Benjamin Hoffman, Safety Center medical director, talks with Bernadette Ramirez and her daughter, Isabella. (OHSU/Boone Speed Photography)

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

We have put together tips for almost any situation on a typical day. Each topic links to a page filled with detailed advice.

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

Kohl’s Sleeping Safe Program

The Safety Center has partnered with the Kohl’s Cares Program to help you give your baby a safe place to sleep. Eligible parents get training and a Cribette, Halo Sleep Sack and crib sheet. Find out more on our Kohl’s Sleeping Safe Program page.

Learn more

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Hours and location

9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays or by appointment.

Doernbecher Children's Hospital

700 S.W. Campus Drive
Portland, Oregon 97239


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

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