Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Learn to Swim

Summer is here and the kids want to play in the water...so do the adults! Make it a safe summer and sign the kids up for swim lessons. Assign a water watcher to keep kids in sight at all times. Below are the reasons why.







Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Never Leave Your Child Alone

As parents, we try to do everything possible to keep our children safe, especially in our vehicles.  Unfortunately, the number one cause of non-crash, vehicle related deaths for children is Heatstroke.  So far in 2013, 10 children have died due to children being left alone in cars.  Many of these tragedies occurred when the parent or caregiver forgot about the child being in the vehicle with them.  Some of the deaths occurred by children playing in an unattended vehicle and getting trapped inside.  Others are sometimes intentionally left alone in a vehicle.

Small children are at a higher risk of heatstroke due to their body's inability to control their body temperature as well as adults do.  A child's body can heat up 3 to 5 times faster than an adult.  In as little as 10 minutes, a car's temperature can increase by 20 degrees.  That can be potentially dangerous or fatal if a child is left alone in the vehicle.

There is something you can do as a parent to help prevent a tragedy from happening.
ACT:  Avoid, Create, Take Action.
Avoid heatstroke by never leaving your child alone in a vehicle, not even for a minute.     Make sure to keep your car doors locked when your car is unattended to keep small children from playing inside the vehicle.
Create reminders and habits, such as placing an item in the back seat you will need at your final destination, such as a purse, cell phone, laptop, etc.  This could make you open the backdoor to remove the item at your destination.  Always check the backseat when you exit the car.  The "Look Before You Lock" campagin by NHTSA promotes the question to parents of "Where's Baby?".  Another possible reminder is to have the daycare notify you if your child doesn't show up for daycare as usual.
Take Action.  If you see a child left unattended in a vehicle, call 911.  Emergency workers are trained to handle these situations.

The number of tragedies in 2013 is a reminder to all of us that this can happen to anyone.  There is additional information available through the following links:

http://www.safekids.org/heatstroke
http://www.kidsandcars.org/userfiles/store/look-before-you-lock-en-sp.pdf
http://www.safercar.gov/parents/heatstroke.htm