When was the last time you crawled around your home on your hands and knees? As strange as it sounds, give it a go. Kids explore their everyday environments, so it's important to see things as they do to make sure your home is safe. We often think of babies and toddlers when we hear the words "babyproofing" or "childproofing." And it's true that young kids have the highest risk of being injured at home because that's where they spend most of their time. But accidental injury is the leading cause of death in kids up to 14 years old — and more than a third of these injuries happen at home. Here are some simple ways to help prevent injuries in your home. Accidents That Can Happen at Home Common causes of home-injury deaths are fire and burns, suffocation, drowning, choking, falls, poisoning, and guns. Most household accidents happen in areas with: water: in the bathroom, kitchen, swimming pools, or hot tubs heat or flames: in the kitchen or at a barbecue grill toxic substances: under the kitchen sink, in the medicine cabinet, in the garage or garden shed, or even in a purse or other place where medicines are stored the potential for a fall: on stairs, slippery floors, from high windows, or from tipping furniture choking hazards: including an unsafe sleep environment, foods that pose a choking risk (like grapes or hot dogs), button batteries, and items inside and outside the home that could entrap or strangle a child You can make these places safer, but the most important safeguard is to watch young kids at all times. Even if your home is childproofed, it only takes an instant for babies and toddlers to fall, run over to a hot stove, or put the wrong thing in their mouths. Your watchfulness is your child's best defense. However, accidents will still happen, so it's important to be prepared. If you're expecting a baby or have kids, it's wise to: Learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the age-appropriate Heimlich maneuver. Keep these numbers near the phone (for yourself and caregivers): poison-control number: 1-800-222-1222 doctor's number parents' work and cell phone numbers neighbor's or nearby relative's number (if you need someone to watch other kids in case of an emergency) Make a first-aid kit and keep emergency instructions inside. Install smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. Change the batteries regularly. Review these Household Safety articles for more information: Preventing Injuries From Falling, Climbing, and Grabbing Preventing Burns, Shocks, and Fires Preventing Strangulation and Entrapment Preventing Suffocation Preventing Choking Preventing Poisoning Preventing Drowning Preventing Cuts Preventing Injuries in the Crib Preventing Injuries From Firearms Back to Articles Related Articles First Aid & Safety Center Boo-boos, bug bites, and broken bones - oh my! Here's your one-stop shop for everything you need to know about how to keep kids safe. Read More Choosing Safe Baby Products Choosing baby products can be confusing, but one consideration must never be compromised: your little one's safety. Read More Head Injuries Head injuries can be external or internal. Learn more about both kinds, how to prevent them, and what to do if your child is injured. Read More Playground Safety Following these safety guidelines can make neighborhood playgrounds entertaining and safe for your kids. Read More Water Safety Kids need constant supervision around water - whether the water is in a bathtub, pool, the sea, or a water park. Here's how to keep them safe. Read More Gun Safety Guns are in many homes, so they're a very real danger to kids, whether you own one or not. Learn how to talk with your kids about gun safety. Read More Preventing House Fires Take the time now to review fire safety facts and tips to prevent fires in your home. Read More CPR Every parent should know how and when to administer CPR. Done correctly, CPR can save a child's life by restoring breathing and circulation until medical personnel arrive. Read More Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor. © 1995-2021 KidsHealth®. All rights reserved. Images provided by The Nemours Foundation, iStock, Getty Images, Veer, Shutterstock, and Clipart.com.