Safe Kids

Don’t leave kids in cars

Last year, 43 children died from heatstroke because they were unattended in cars. So far this year, there have been zero deaths. As the weather starts to warm up, Safe Kids and the General Motors Foundation are teaming up to help families avoid these preventable tragedies. Cars heat up faster than you think so please never leave your child alone in a car, not even for a minute. Help us spread the word by sharing this message with your family, friends and neighbors. Learn more about how to prevent heatstroke.

Could It Happen To Your Child? (video)- http://www.safekids.org/video/heatstroke-could-it-happen-your-child

Safety Tips: http://www.safekids.org/tip/heatstroke-safety-tips

A Simulation of Rapid and Extreme Car Heating from Direct Sunlight – http://www.safekids.org/video/simulation-rapid-and-extreme-car-heating-direct-sunlight

October 2013 Monthly Memo: Fire Prevention Week/Fire Safety

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How Fire Safety savvy are you

Fires cause an estimated 3,500 deaths and nearly $4 billion in property damage in the United States annually — much more than hurricanes, tornadoes or floods. Yet many people ignore common fire hazards in the home and don’t prepare themselves or family members for this more common catastrophe. Set aside some time and effort to protect your home from a devastating blaze with these safety tips.

In this fun, animated video, Rover the Home Safety Hound and Freddie Flashlight teach children to stay away from things at home that might cause fire and burns.

 

This segment from NBC’s TODAY Show may surprise some parents, as it shows how kids can sleep right through the sound of a smoke alarm.

This video done by the NIST shows a VERY DRY Christmas tree on fire in a room. It takes a little over 30 seconds for the room to flashover. Keep your tree watered. Once it ignites (short circuit of a strand of lights, direct flame, etc) it will become a fully developed fire very fast and extend to the rest of the structure very quickly.

Home Fire Prevention and Safety Tips          *         Fire Safety for Children

 

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Fire Resources - a page of links and resources on these topics

  • Smoke Alarms 
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • Escape Plans (details/sample plan)
  • Chimney fires
  • Carbon Monoxide
  • Halloween Fire Safety
  • Household appliances
  • Cook Up a Safe Place
  • Buffer Home Heaters
  • Holiday Fire Safety
  • Personal Property 

Child Passenger Safety Week: Sept 15 – 21, 2013

Motor vehicle crashes remain the leading cause of injury-related deaths among children ages 14 and under, more than 1,400 child occupants died in 2005. Furthermore, more than 203,000 children ages 14 and under were injured in motor vehicle crashes in 2005. On an average day, four children under the age of 14 are killed, and approximately 600 are injured in motor vehicle crashes here in the United States. In Indiana, over 5,000 child injuries occurred in motor vehicle collisions in 2007, 49 of which were fatal.

One glaring reason for the high number of injuries and fatalities is because children are still traveling in motor vehicles unrestrained or not properly restrained in Indiana.

Indiana Child Restraint Law (Effective July 1, 2005)

  • Children are required to ride properly restrained in a child restraint, which can include a belt positioning booster seat, until they reach their 8th birthday. (This does not include shoulder belt positioners.)
  • Children at least 8 years old until their 16th birthday are required to ride properly restrained in a child restraint system or seat belt in all seating positions in all vehicles.

Car Seat Clinic by Kosciusko Co Safe Kids September 21, 2013- 9:00 AM- 12:00 PM Warsaw AutoPlex, 2777 N. SR 15, Warsaw, IN 4658

What You Need To Know About 2nd Hand Child Safety Seats -A second hand child safety seat can put your child at risk if you do not know the history of the seat. Used child safety seats purchased at garage sales, thrift stores, and consignment shops do not come with guarantees of their condition or crash history. Click here to learn more about child safety seats involved in a crash. If you do not know the history of a child seat, you should not use it. If you know the history of a second hand child safety seat, make sure it meets the following guidelines before you use it: http://ow.ly/o5PMk

Is Your Child Safety Seat installed correctly? Is your child installed in the safety seat correctly? Stop by a permanent fitting station and have a trained technician check! It could save a life.