As parents, safety from danger is probably our biggest concern—whether it's bike safety, water safety, or stranger safety. We have collected safety resources from local and national resources to help keep you and your family safe.
Community Safety and Resources
Free services are available 24 hours a day, 365 days per year, with information given in many languages.
• 2-1-1 — Helplink can assist you in finding crisis resources as well as many more basic resources. FREE
• 3-1-1 — find SF local government services. FREE
• 4-1-1 — telephone yellow page information (fees apply if used by phone)
• 5-1-1 — traffic conditions, online and over the phone. FREE
• 9-1-1 — Emergency information. FREE
Here is a list of local places that offer CPR classes. Get certified! If you haven't taken a class in while it has really become much easier.
3 easy steps:
Conitnue with 30 pumps and 2 breaths until help arrives.
• US Consumer Product Safety Commission Infant/Child Product Recalls (not including toys)
• Toys: Confused about which toys have been recalled? Join the club! Click here for a comprehensive list to guide you on which toys have been recalled.
Keeps Kids Safe Walking and Biking to School
Are you children safe when going to camp or school? Learn a few safety tips from from SFMTA.
California Law (Effective 01/01/2012):
Children *MUST* be secured in an appropriate child passenger restraint (safety seat or booster seat) IN THE BACK SEAT OF A VEHICLE until they are at least 8 YEARS OLD or 4' 9" in height
Keeping Kids in Their Seats
from San Francisco Police Department
Traffic collisions are the leading cause of death among children ages 5 to 14 and the results are staggering; more than 500 are killed and 95,000 are injured annually. Many of these deaths and injuries could have been prevented if the children were properly restrained in seat belts or child safety seats. When children outgrow forward-facing child safety seats, they need to be restrained in belt-positioning booster seats until they are big enough to fit properly in an adult seat belt.
California’s booster seat law mandates that children who is under age six-regardless of weight, or is under 60 pounds-regardless of age, be properly secured in a child restrain.
Read things to remember when transporting children or using child safety / booster seats in a vehicle.
"Kids & Cops" is a program that has been implemented by SAFE in neighborhoods throughout the city over the past five years. Also known as "Cops Read to Kids," this program helps increase children's literacy and listening skills, educates them about crime prevention and public safety, and encourages positive relationships with the police. "Kids & Cops" addresses safety concerns such as personal safety at home and on the street, bullying prevention, abduction prevention, emergency preparedness, conflict resolution and community building.
For more information, contact Elly Mayen at SAFE: (415) 553-1986 or firstname.lastname@example.org. SAFE also has great brochures on all kinds of safety issues, see their website for more information.
Teen Driving: Provisional driver license restrictions during the first year
After you pass your driving test, you will be issued a provisional driver license. With your provisional driver license, you must be accompanied and supervised by a licensed parent, guardian or other licensed driver 25 years of age or older, or by a licensed or certified driving instructor when you:
- Transport passengers under 20 years of age at any time, for the first twelve months.
- Drive between 11 pm and 5 am for the first twelve months.
This means you cannot give a ride to anyone under 20 years old (your friends, your brother(s), sister(s), cousin(s), etc.) unless you have a licensed parent, a guardian or other adult 25 years old or older in the car with you. You are also not allowed to drive between 11 pm and 5 am during your first year after getting your license unless you have a licensed parent, a guardian or other adult 25 years old or older in the car with you. Read more ...
Auto and Bicycle Safety
• Local Bay Area Child Safety Seat Inspection Stations. Bilingual or multilingual sites where indicated. Call for an appointent.
• Kids in Cars: Are You Buckling Them in Correctly? With summer around the corner it is a good time to think about child safety on road trips and even for just trips around the corner. Motor vehicle injuries are the leading cause of death among children in the U.S. (CDC 2006). But many of these deaths can be prevented. Placing children in age- and size-appropriate restraint systems reduces serious and fatal injuries by more than half (NHTSA 2006). Read more on booster seats, legislation, and the facts from the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control and Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
• The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration The NHTSA website has a tremendous amount of helpful information about carseats, boosters, and how to keep your children safe in a car. Click on the "How to Keep Your Child Passengers Safe" section and you'll find extensive information on how to choose carseats and how to install them correctly. They have a one-minute car seat safety test, an online search for places you can get your seat inspected, and information about recalls. In San Francisco, most police stations will do the inspection for free.
• SF Bike Coalition offers safety tips for riding in the City.
• California Department of Health Services (pdf) offers a injury prevention program for youth in their "Earn a Bike" program.
Kid and Family Safety
• Megan’s Law: As a result of a new law, this site will provide you with access to information on more than 63,000 persons required to register in California as sex offenders.
• The National Crime Prevention Council: Find out what McGruff: The Crime Dog has to say about bullies.
• Tips on keeping your baby safe from BabyCenter.com. Find everything from childproofing, car seat safety, first aid, home safety, and much more.
• Safe Kids is dedicated solely to preventing unintentional childhood injury. It focuses on one specific problem: more children 1 to 14 die from accidents, such as motor vehicle crashes, fires, drowning, poisoning and falls than any other cause. Accidents kill 1 million children each year around the world and permanently disable many more. And almost all of these injuries are preventable.
• Authorization for Minor’s Medical Treatment forms from Nolo Press. Use these forms or create your own forms to let an adult authorize medical or dental care for your child. This is helpful when another adult is caring for your child while you are away, or if your child is participating in sports or other organized activities outside of your supervision.
• Childproofing your home
• Toy and Children's Product Recalls from Consumer Product Safety Commission
• Dr. Toy gives advice on some of the best children's toys and educational products as well as a holiday gift guide for age appropriateness.
• Cyber Safety: "Researchers Find Most Teens Limit Personal Information on MySpace, But Some Youth Still at Risk" by Dr. Justin Patchin and Dr. Sameer Hinduja, assistant professors of criminal justice at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
A majority of teenagers are responsible when using the online social networking site MySpace, but a number of adolescents still share personal information that could put their safety at risk, according to a first-of-its-kind analysis of teenagers' MySpace profiles.
Their findings included:
• Almost 57% of the profiles included at least one photo of the teen, often of themselves with family, friends or people they met at a social gathering. Many others provided detailed descriptions of their personal appearance.
• About 5% of the teens included photos of themselves in a swimsuit or underwear, and 15% included photos of friends in a swimsuit or underwear.
• Almost 40% of the profiles included the youth's first name, and about 9% included their full name.
• About 81% of the youth included the name of the city in which they live, and another 28% named the school they attend.
• About 4% included their instant messaging name, and 1% included their email address.
• About 18% of the sites included evidence of alcohol use, 7% included evidence of tobacco use, and 2% included evidence of marijuana use.
• Cyber Bullying: identifying the causes and consequences of online harassment.
• Books for parents: Bullying at School: What We Know and What We Can Do, by Dan Olweus, Blackwell Publishers, 1993. The world's foremost authortiy on bullying weighs in.
• Books for children: Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon, by Patty Lovell, Putnam, 2001. Grandma helps Molly Lou prove herself at a new school. We love this book!
• Nobody Knew What to Do: A Story About Bullying, by Becky Ray McCain, Albert Whitman & Co., 2001. A bystander has the courage to speak up.