Highlands Connect Training


Part of staying healthy is staying safe. Kids are naturally curious and can find lots of ways to get themselves into trouble. Learning to identify potential dangers is the focus of this week.


In this course, you will learn basic SAFETY tips for keeping babies and children safe. Keeping KIDS safe can be overwhelming but ARMING yourself with good information can make your job as a parent a lot EASIER. In this training we will cover:

Safe Sleep Practices

The Dangers of Second-Hand Smoke

Creating a Safe Indoor Environment

Car Seat Safety


To learn the BEST and most up-to-date information on RECOMMENDED safe sleep practices, please click this link:


**Be sure to click ALL of the links on the page to LEARN as much as you can about how to keep your little ones SAFE while sleeping. At the end, please COMPLETE the 3-question quiz and record your RESULTS in your class journal.


What is SECONDHAND smoke?

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, secondhand smoke is a MIXTURE of the smoke given off by the burning end of a CIGARETTE, pipe, or cigar, and the smoke EXHALED from the lungs of a smoker.

Other TERMS that may be used to DESCRIBE secondhand smoke are “ETS (Environmental Tobacco Smoke)”, ”passive smoking”, and “involuntary smoking”.

Why is secondhand smoke DANGEROUS?

The CDC (Center for Disease Control) states that there are over 7,000 CHEMICALS in secondhand smoke, hundreds of them are TOXIC and 70 of them cause CANCER.

Since 1964, over 2.5 million NON-SMOKERS have died from problems caused by secondhand smoke.

How does secondhand smoke effect KIDS?

According to the CDC, SECONDHAND smoke can cause the following health COMPLICATIONS in children:

Ear infections


Respiratory Symptoms (coughing, sneezing, shortness of breath)

Respiratory Infections (bronchitis, pneumonia)

A greater risk for SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome)

How does secondhand smoke effect ADULTS?

According to the CDC, ADULTS who have been exposed to secondhand smoke can SUFFER from:

Heart disease

Lung cancer


Respiratory conditions

What about vaping/aerosol EXPOSURE?

E-Cigarettes and vaping emit TOXIC chemicals

People EXPOSED to aerosol/vaping/e-cigarettes ABSORB nicotine and volatile organic COMPOUNDS which can cause health complications such as LUNG disease, according to the American Association of Pediatrics


When you think about ALL the possible things babies and children can get into during the day or all the ways they could HURT themselves, baby-proofing/child-proofing your HOME can seem like a daunting task.

Take it SLOW and use this training as a starting place for CREATING a safe indoor ENVIRONMENT for your littles.

Here are a few good TIPS to keep in mind:

Small children DON’T understand cause-and-effect. They can’t think through things like, “if I pull this cord, the hot iron will fall down”. THREFORE, we have to think through these things FOR them.

Small CHILDREN lack impulse control. If they see something that interests them, they can’t stay AWAY.

Small children lack COORDINATION and BALANCE and can easily trip, slip, or fall.

I encourage you to check out this great resource page https://www.virtuallabschool.org/infant-toddler/safe-environments/lesson-1 . For the purpose of our current discussion, please watch the first video posted on the page, "Safe Infant Toddler Environments."

One thing parents must do is CONSTANTLY remain aware of potential safety HAZARDS. Here are some things to think about in your home:

Is FURNITURE in a safe, hazard free place?

Am I aware of products that have been RECALLED? (check here for updated lists http://www.cpsc.gov)

Is there anything laying around that my child could CHOKE on?

Are there any SHARP corners/table ledges/etc on which my child could bump his/her head?

Again, please refer to this link https://www.virtuallabschool.org/infant-toddler/safe-environments/lesson-1 . As we wrap up our discussion on safe indoor environments, please refer to the second video posted on the page, "Preventing Known Safety Hazards.

Click this link to find a very COMPREHENSIVE list of more potential safety HAZARDS in and around your home:



What are the top RISKS to a child in a car?

Even before a baby is born, when women are not AWARE of how to properly wear a seatbelt during pregnancy, there are RISKS in the car.

Every year, 3,000 babies are LOST before they have the chance to be born due to CAR accidents, according to a 2008 study.

To PREVENT injury and/or death to both mom and baby, women who are PREGNANT should consider wearing a CRASH-TESTED pregnancy seatbelt positioner.

IMPROPER child restraint

Children who die in car accidents are found to be IMPROPERLY restrained/buckled up to 75% of the time. Until the age of 2, children should be in a REAR facing, crash tested car seat that has been PROPERLY installed.

If you are UNSURE of how to install your car seat, your local HOSPITAL or click this link to find the CLOSEST car seat inspection site:


Until the age of 8, children NEED some kind of car seat or booster seat while RIDINT in the car.

What are the top RISKS to a child in a car?

Children left intentionally or UNINTENTIONALLY in the car for ANY length of time

Each year, 35 children die from being left UNATTENDED in a car. (Sometimes because a parent FORGOT their child was in the car and sometimes due to a parent CHOOSING to leave their child in the CAR while they run inside a store/post office/etc)

Please read the INFORMATION provided in this easy-to-read graphic for an in-depth look at the DANGERS of kids being alone in cars: https://saferide4kids.com/blog/child-left-in-a-hot-car/

Watch this video by the American Academy of Pediatrics for information on INSTALLATION and and USE of car seats


In your class JOURNAL, please answer the following prompts:

Highlands Connect Workbook

Follow along with the download printable PDF or purchase full color spiral version.