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Welcome to Charlie's House

Charlie's HouseOur Mission: To prevent accidents and injuries to children in and around the home.

Every year, millions of children are injured in and around the home, and tragically, thousands of these children die. It can happen to anyone, anywhere, and in a matter of seconds. But this is a problem with a solution.

Charlie on swing

Our Story

On November 1, 2007, Charlie Horn, a 2-year-old Kansas City boy, was killed when he attempted to climb a 30″ dresser in his home. It was through this tragedy that Charlie’s House was born.

Brett and Jenny Horn, Charlie’s parents, turned their tragedy into a mission. The Horns began a movement to reduce in-home accidents through increased public awareness and education. Through this effort, Charlie’s House was established and serves as a resource for families seeking information on safety and injury prevention. The mission, to prevent accidents and injuries to children in and around the home, is fulfilled through increased awareness, public education, and distribution of safety devices.

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Our Core Beliefs on Safety Education

We believe safety is attainable for anyone.

No matter who you are, where you live, or how much money you have, there are always steps you can take to increase safety.

We believe keeping things safe is a continuous process

Safety requires frequent evaluation to look for new hazards and new ways to improve.

That’s why we do our best to provide educational resources you can follow every day to keep children safe.

View Charlie's Checklist to find out more about how to increase safety and prevent injury in and around the home. 

Our 5 Safety Focus Areas

Home: Nursery, Bedroom, Kitchen, Laundry, Staircase, Poison, Garage, Window, Gun

Fire: Fireplace, Fire escape, Stove, Candles, Electrical, Smoke Detectors

Water: Pool, Bathtub, Water Temperature, Toilet, Slips & Falls

Vehicle: Car seat, Seat belt, Texting, Cross Walk, Visual Field, Heat suffocation

Seasonal: Winter, Summer, Christmas Tree, Halloween, Fireworks

Home

Your home should be a safe place for children. But each year thousands of children are injured or worse due to accidents in the home. Take time to conduct a careful review of each room in your home, spotting potential dangers. Always remember, safety is an ongoing process.

Water

Children are naturally attracted to water, whether it’s a swimming pool or bathtub. Toddlers are at particular risk. The most dangerous room in your home is the bathroom. Prevent water tragedies by safety-proofing your home. The risk is just too high.

Fire

Every year families lose their homes to fires. Does your family have an evacuation plan? The most frequent fire in the house is in the kitchen. Would your family know what to do in case of a fire?

Vehicle

Safety in and around a vehicle involves properly securing your child in their car seat. Buckle-up extends beyond seat belts.  Another safety consideration is always being aware of where children are around your vehicle as well as others. You may be able to see your child near a car, but others may not be able to see what is in your sight. 

Seasonal

Each season brings joyful opportunities for families and a chance to create memories. But while you’re busy decorating for the Holidays or planning a July 4th celebration, safety should be on your agenda. Prevent tragedy by being a proactive parent or caregiver.

Our Impact

1.1
Million Dollars Raised

After successfully raising $1.1M through a capital campaign, the board of directors broke ground in fall 2018 on Charlie’s House - Safety Demonstration Home, located near Hospital Hill and Children’s Mercy Hospital campus. The facility is designed to look like a home but has interactive features to communicate the importance of childproofing a home.

15,000
Households Reached

In 2019, Charlie’s House reached over 15,000 households, through public events, requests for information and safety devices through our website and our Physician Alliance Program.

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Free Safety Supplies

Charlie's House offers 8 different safety supplies to help begin the child proofing of your home for free. All you have to pay for is shipping. 

I didn’t even realize how important these safety items were until I saw Charlie’s story on t.v. 

Additional Educational Resources

Check out Charlie's Demonstration House!

Order your Safety Supplies!

Stay up-to-date with the latest Recalls!

Watch our Safety Videos!

Thank you to our Education Partners!

Get Involved

Become a Volunteer

Whether it’s helping out on one of our Advisory Committees, or at one of our various Charlie’s House events & Fundraisers, we’ve got the perfect place for you!

Donate

Make a gift to Charlie’s Angels Giving Fund and become a Charlie’s Angel to help us reach more families to increase their awareness of how to prevent unintentional accidents in their home.

Contact Us

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