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Monday, October 22, 2012
Halloween: A Night for Treats, Not Tragedies
What You Need to Know to Keep Your Kids Safe on Halloween?
When it comes to preventing injury and keeping your kids safe on Halloween we have found that repeated and consistent messages are the keys to safety.
Our research reveals that parents may be placing their children in harm’s way by failing to talk to them each and every year about Halloween safety.
Given children’s limited attention spans, as well as their ever-evolving cognitive abilities, you must review all the correct behaviors with your children to help them be safe. Make sure to review our safety tips before you headout trick-or-treating.
Did you know that on average, twice as many kids are killed while walking on Halloween as compared to any other day of the year?
Kids will be out while it is dark – making it harder for drivers to see them and because they’re excited about getting candy, they may not be watching out for cars.
Parents and drivers both need to do their part to help kids stay out of the emergency room on Halloween. Emphasize safe pedestrian behaviors to kids before they go out trick-or-treating.
Parents should also remember that costumes can be both creative and safe, so look for ways to use reflective materials.
Drivers must slow down and watch out for trick-or-treaters, especially around crosswalks and driveways.
Walking Safely Tips
Tips for Walkers
Tips For Drivers
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Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Plan and Practice Your Home Fire Escape Plan
During National Fire Prevention Week (October 7-13), Safe Kids Worldwide and the United States Fire Administration are teaming up to ask every family to create a home fire escape plan and to practice it with the entire family. We are working to raise awareness on fire safety all month long.
- Every day at least one child dies in a home fire. In that same day, 293 children suffer from a non-fatal unintentional injury caused by a fire or burn.
- Home fires account for nearly 90 percent of all fire-related fatalities.
- 77 percent of families have not developed and practiced a home fire escape plan, one of the most important components to surviving a home fire.
- Fire can spread rapidly through a home, leaving a family as little as two minutes to escape safely once the alarm sounds.
- Safe Kids and the United States Fire Administration are encouraging everyone to create and practice an at-home fire escape plan.
- Download our fire escape worksheet, in English or in Spanish. The worksheet provides a diagram to help children and parents work together to create and practice their own fire escape plan.
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That is equal to 8,219 injuries per day. Sadly, each day approximately six children die from injuries resulting from fires, burns, drownings, poisonings, choking, suffocation, strangulation and falls in the home.
Curious KidsYoung children are curious and don’t always understand what is dangerous. Have you asked yourself how your kids see your home? What looks interesting, and what can be reached? Drawers left open can easily turn into stairs to the TV!
Limitations and AbilitiesUnderstanding your child’s limitations and abilities is crucial. For babies, provide a safe sleep environment and protect them from falls and burns.
Babies who can sit and crawl are also at risk of choking, poisoning, burns, falls and furniture tip-overs. Once your little one becomes mobile and begins to cruise around, childproofing becomes even more important.
Supervision and ModificationsWhile constant supervision is the most important safety precaution you can take, it’s sometimes not enough or possible. To create a safer home for your child, look for potential hazards and take steps to remove them before it’s too late.
Outlet plugs, cabinet and drawer locks, window stops, window guards, furniture straps and brackets, smoke alarms, carbon monoxide (CO) detectors and stair gates are some of the low-cost safety devices you’ll need to get started.
Help your little ones explore their surroundings safely, knowing you have reduced the chances of serious injury.
Safety By Room
- Know the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning.
- The most common symptoms include headache, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, and confusion. In severe cases,the person may lose consciousness or die.
- CO poisoning can often be mistaken for other illnesses, such as the flu.
- Often, more than one person in the household will suffer symptoms at the same time.
- To decrease risk of CO poisoning the following tips are recommended:
- Install a CO alarm outside every sleeping area and on every level of your home.
- Place CO alarms at least 15 feet away from every fuel-burning appliance to reduce the number of nuisance alarms.
- Test alarms every month and replace them every five years.
- Make sure alarms can be heard when you test them and practice an escape plan with your entire family.
- Have all gas, oil or coal burning appliances inspected by a technician every year to ensure they are working correctly and are properly ventilated.
- Never use a stove for heating.
- Do not use a grill, generator or camping stove inside your home, garage or near a window.
- Never leave a car, SUV, or motorcycle engine running inside a garage, even if the garage door is open.
- CO can accumulate anywhere in or around your boat, so install a CO alarm on your motorboat.
- If your CO alarm goes off, follow these steps:
- If no one is experiencing symptoms, call the fire department. They will let you know when it is safe to re-enter your home.