Find information and tips for a variety of different diagnoses and situations such as car safety, water safety, fire safety, and playground safety.
- View our playground safety tips to find general safety tips, resources, and information about ADA accessibility for playgrounds for parents, caregivers, and professionals.
- Safe Kids USA’s Fire Safety for Children with Special Needs has videos and information on fire prevention for children who are immobile, have visual or hearing loss, or cognitive impairment.
- Safe Kids USA’s Burn Prevention for Children with Special Needs
- View Seattle Children’s Water Safety for Children with Seizures Fact Sheet in English, Spanish, or Vietnamese.
Car Seat Safety
- Safety Belt Safe provides a quick reference list of car restraints for children with special needs.
- The National Center for Safe Transportation offers information on car seats for children with special needs.
- Helpful tips on how to help your child stay in their car seat from Safety Belt Safe.
- Some manufacturers of specialized car seats and restraints for children with special needs:
- University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute offers vehicle safety tips for people who use wheelchairs.
- The National Center for Safe Transportation offers transportation tips by medical condition.
Safety Tips by Diagnosis
Personal Medical Identification—Tags, Cards, Jewelry
Sharing medical information with first responders or emergency department staff is key to proper and prompt patient care. Children who are non-verbal or have special health needs are at greatest risk of delayed treatment in an emergency. One way to share health information with medical professionals is through medical ID tags, cards or jewelry.
What information should be on the personal medical ID? (From Seattle Children’s)
- Child’s diagnosis or health condition. For example, insulin-dependent diabetes (type 1 or type 2 diabetes), seizure disorder, bleeding disorder, hearing loss.
- Child’s name
- Drug or food allergies
- Name and phone number of one or two emergency contacts
- “See wallet card” (if you or child carries a card with additional information)
Where can I purchase a personal medical ID?
- American Medical ID
- Fifty50 Medical (diabetes)
- Lauren’s Hope
- MedicAlert Foundation
- Sticky Jewelry
- IfINeedHelp.org: If I Need Help uses QR Code Technology with the wearers health and contact information. The user-managed information is editable in real time and can be accessed by a computer or cell phone. If I Need Help’s medical ID options include shoe/dog tags, patches, apparel, pins/clips and can also be worn as temporary tattoos.