Winter is Coming: A Cold-Weather Safety Checklist
The holiday season means crackling fires, cups of hot cocoa, winter sports and more time spent with your loved ones. While the weather outside has already turned frightful in some parts of the country, here are a few tips to make sure your family is ready for a safe winter.
Every 8 minutes a child goes to an emergency room for medicine poisoning
Safe Kids Pennsylvania issues alert: 3 out of 4 ER visits for medicine poisoning are due to kids getting into parents’ or grandparents’ medicine
Safe Kids Pennsylvania offers these tips for families:
- Keep all medicine up and away when young children are around, even medicine you take every day.
- Be alert to potential hazards of medicine stored in other locations, like pills in purses, vitamins on counters, and medicine on nightstands.
- Even if you are tempted to keep it handy in between doses, put medicine out of reach after every use.
- Choose child-resistant caps for medicine bottles, if you’re able to. If pill boxes or non-child resistant caps are the only option, it’s even more important to store these containers up high and out of sight when caring for kids.
- Take the time to read and follow the label before taking or giving medicine.
- Program the nationwide Poison Help Number (800) 222-1222 into your phones.
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ACT to keep kids safe from heatstroke
A child dies from heatstroke (also known as hyperthermia) about once every 10 days from being left alone in a hot vehicle. In fact, heatstroke is the leading cause of non-crash vehicle fatality for kids 14 and younger. Children climb into unlocked cars to play, or are left alone in the car. Young children are particularly at risk as their bodies heat up three to five times faster than an adult’s. Because of this, and because cars heat up so quickly – 19 degrees in 10 minutes – tragedies can happen faster than you think. These tragedies are 100 percent preventable. Read More
Every day, at least one child dies from a home fire and every hour approximately 14 children are injured from fires or burns. Ninety percent of all fire-related deaths are due to home fires, which spread rapidly and can leave families as little as two minutes to escape once an alarm sounds. Fires are not just a problem in the United States. In 2008, nearly 61,400 children around the world died due to a fire or burn.More Information
The danger of TV tip-overs
There are few things cuter than a baby learning to stand, an unsteady toddler trying to climb, or a fearless preschooler who still doesn’t quite understand balance. And while young children are learning to perfect their stride, we want to take extra steps to ensure their safety. Protecting kids from the potential risk of tip-overs by making sure furniture and TVs are secured is an important way to help keep them safe.
Between 2000 and 2010, on average, every three weeks a child dies from a TV tipping over. And nearly 13,000 more children are injured each year in the U.S. Top-heavy furniture, TVs and appliances can be unsteady, and if pulled or climbed on, they can tip over and seriously injure young children. Over the last ten years, injuries from TV tip-overs have risen by 31 percent. Young children are at greatest risk and seven out of ten children injured by TV tip-overs are 5 years old or younger. These tragedies are completely preventable with just a few simple precautions.
Much like childproofing with a toddler gate or electrical socket cover, TV mounts and furniture straps are important steps to keep your family safe. Remember, a curious, determined child can topple a TV. Children playing with friends or pets could knock a TV over, while other kids might be tempted to climb up to reach items placed on or near a TV, such as remote controls or candy.
Child passenger safety: The right seat
Car crashes are the number one killer of children 1 to 12 years old in the United States. The best way to protect them in the car is to put them in the right seat, at the right time, and use it the right way.
There are so many car seat types and models, how do you know which one is right for your child? The right car seat or booster fits your child and your car, and is one you will use correctly every time you travel. Not only will your child ride as safely as possible, you will be establishing the foundation for a lifelong habit of seat belt use every time your child travels. Choose the Right Seat
Protect kids from swallowing coin lithium button batteries
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