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Outdoor Safety

After a Flood: How Families Can Stay Safe

After a flood, there can be many possible dangers in and around your home. Here's how to keep kids safe.

Air Bag Safety

Young children can be injured or even killed if they ride in a car's front passenger seat and an air bag opens. The best way to protect kids from air-bag injury is for them to sit in the back seat.

All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Safety

ATVs are off-road vehicles often used for recreation. But kids 16 and younger shouldn't ride them. Find out why, and more, here.

Are Insect Repellents With DEET Safe for Kids?

Insect repellents containing DEET have been tested and approved as safe for kids older than 2 months. But be sure to read all labels and take care when you use them.

Bee, Wasp, and Ant Stings

Bee, wasp, and ant stings can cause temporary discomfort and pain, but most don’t lead to serious or lasting health problems.

Bug Bites and Stings

Most bug bites and stings are just annoying. But some can cause infections and allergic reactions. It's important to know what to watch for, and when to get medical attention.

Cold, Ice, and Snow Safety

Winter isn't a time to just stay indoors and wait for spring. Follow these tips to keep safe outdoors in cold weather.

Drowning Prevention

Drowning is a leading cause of death in children and teens. It happens fast and is usually silent. Here's how parents can help prevent drowning.

Fireworks Safety

Before your family celebrates a holiday, make sure everyone knows about fireworks safety.

Frostbite and Frostnip

You can help prevent frostbite in cold weather by dressing kids in layers, making sure they come indoors at regular intervals, and watching for frostnip, frostbite's early warning signal.