Plan Ahead for June Programs: Home Safety Month

Here is the fifth installment of ideas for incorporating health programming into your overall library programming strategy from Health and Wellness  Resource Center. Keep looking  for us on the first of each month to find programming ideas for three months out. Still working on spring programming? See March: National Nutrition MonthApril: Autism Awareness Month, and May: Healthy Vision Month.

June is National Home Safety Month. According to Safe Kids USA, although unintentional injury deaths of children have significantly decreased in the United States since the late 1980s, thousands of  children still die every year from accidents including, but not limited to, falls, fires and burns, bicycle accidents, car accidents and drownings. In fact accidents are the most common cause of deaths in children ages 1 to 14 — more common than deaths by all childhood diseases combined, and the vast majority of these accidents happen at home. Furthermore, according to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) unintentional injuries are the most common cause of death for people ages 1 to 44.

Most home safety issues are preventable, however, and fortunately, promoting National Home Safety Month in June at your library will be easy with these free resources:

  • Quick and Easy: printable coloring pages, puzzles,  games, activity booklets, bookmarks, and educational materials for children and adults
  • Featured Resources: books, free information, and organizations to contact
  • Book Club: book and movie discussion group ideas and resources
  • Tie Ins: to traditional library programming
  • Community Resources: local home safety resources
  • Publicity Resources: web banners and buttons, press releases, Twitter tweets, and more
  • Fun Stuff: fun, interactive links

Quick and Easy

Printable Coloring Pages, Puzzles, Games, Activity Booklets, Bookmarks, and Educational Materials for Children and Adults:

From Safe Kids USA:

From the US Fire Administration:

From the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA):

Quick and Easy for Adults:

Featured Resources

Books, Links to  Information, and Organizations to Contact:

Books for Children and Adults

Home Safety Reference Information Links

Organizations to Contact

Free information and resources:

Book Club

Observe National Home Safety Month this June by choosing this Oprah Book Club pick for your adult book club:

Map of the World by Jame Hamilton. In the space of a few minutes, a tragic accident occurs, and a woman’s life is changed forever. This page-turner highlights how fast an accident can happen and also portrays what happens when a mob mentality takes over.  The movie adaptation starred Sigourney Weaver and Julianne Moore. Discussion Guide

Tie Ins

June celebrates Father’s Day! You can bring together National Home Safety Month and Father’s Day with cool ideas:

Does your library run or host a literacy program?

  • Download the Home Safety Literacy Project‘s free home safety education materials, including an introductory video, leader’s guide, teacher’s manual, and low literacy level teaching tools in both English and Spanish.

Community Resources

Find a professional to speak at your library,  or information resources here:

  • Safe Kids USA: Find your state safety coalition representative for child safety information or local injury prevention events.
  • Car Seat Check-Up: Find a  Safe Kids USA car seat check-up event in your area.

Publicity Resources

Use this free material alongside your library’s June programming information – newsletter, blog, posters, or flyers – to promote both your library’s programs and home safety month.

Fun Stuff

Goof off at the reference desk and amaze your friends on Twitter . . . OR add some fun to a library program, your library website, Facebook page, or Twitter feed:


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