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.