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.
What started as a memorial and an outpouring of public support has grown into a 501 (c)(3) not for profit organization with safety at its core – dedicated to keeping the community informed and engaged when it comes to preventing injuries to children in and around the home.
As part of this mission, Charlie's House participates in and sponsors community-wide events to provide home safety information. Plans are also underway to raise funds for a safety demonstration house that will provide adults with real-life demonstrations, examples and resources on children's safety.
At Charlie's House, we have two core beliefs about home safety:
First, we believe home 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.
Second, we believe keeping things safe is a continuous process
It's more than just putting locks on the medicine cabinets and calling it good. Home safety requires frequent evaluation to look for new hazards and new ways to improve.
That's why we do our best to provide simple, memorable steps you can follow everyday to make your home a safer place.