Child Safety

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    Have a Happy and Safe Halloween Weekend!Jack

  • Halloween

    HalloweenHalloween is creeping up on us - here's a reminder of some great Halloween Fun & Safety articles!

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    Macaulay CulkinOn this day in 1980 in New York City, one of the most successful child actors of all time was born. The baby boy born to parents Patricia Brentrup and Christopher Culkin would go on to play the kid no house burglars wanted to run into. Macaulay Culkin, best known for his role of Kevin McCallister in Home Alone and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, started appearing on stage by the age of four. He followed up Home Alone with My Girl and The Good Son. Next came a series of disappointing box-office results, which caused Culkin to take a break from acting even though he was the highest-paid child actor in the business at the time. He returned to acting with his 2003 appearance in Party Monster. More recently, in 2014, Culkin played in a comedy rock band that rewrote all of Velvet Underground's songs as odes to pizza. Also that year, Culkin and Ryan Gosling caused an internet storm when they engaged in a game of t-shirt inception.

    Kids-First-Aid-KitsOne can never be too prepared in regard to the safety of children. Our First Aid Kits and Supplies for Kids are fun for the children while still including all of the necessities to treat common injuries and wounds. Our novelty bandages, animal cold packs, and themed kits are always a hit, while our Child ID & Records Kit is ideal for the diaper bag, providing important documentation such as a physical records card.

  • Community Health Simulation

    What is a HealthSim?

    The community health simulation is the newest violence prevention tool on CDC's VetoViolence website. This game-like experience demonstrates the connections between violence and community issues, such as struggling businesses and schools, overcrowded jails, and long wait hours in the emergency room.Community-HealthSim

    The simulation puts you in the driver's seat of Vetoville. You can explore the town from the perspective of a "special advisor"—brought in to determine how to spend the town's limited resources to improve the quality of life for everyone who lives there.

    Then get a glimpse—20 years in the future—of how your choices and investments affect the long-term success of Vetoville. You will also see first-hand how these challenges are linked to violence in the community.

    This engaging tool shows how many issues are related to violence in our communities. Ultimately, you will discover how planning and strategic action can prevent violence before it happens.
    Who should visit Vetoville?

    Vetoville is designed for anyone interested in:

    Preventing violence where they live, work, and play
    Putting their violence prevention knowledge to the test
    Learning more about the connections between community issues and violence

  • Look Before You Lock

    Extreme Heat creates dangers for all ages, from Heat and Heat Related Injuries and Illness to death. While we often focus on safety working in the heat, and staying hydrated, it's not all about adults and electrolytes... During Extreme Heat Week, we want to remind you that pets and children die when left in cars every year... Look Before You Lock!

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    Each year, dozens of children and untold numbers of pets left in parked vehicles die from hyperthermia. Hyperthermia is an acute condition that occurs when the body absorbs more heat than it can handle. Hyperthermia can occur even on a mild day. Studies have shown that the temperature inside a parked vehicle can rapidly rise to a dangerous level for children, pets and even adults. Leaving the windows slightly open does not significantly decrease the heating rate. The effects can be more severe on children because their bodies have not developed the ability to efficiently regulate its internal temperature.

    The sun's shortwave radiation (yellow in figure below) heats objects that it strikes.  For example, a dark dashboard or seat can easily reach temperatures in the range of 180 to over 200°F. These objects (e.g., dashboard, steering wheel, child seat) heat the adjacent air by conduction and convection and also give off longwave radiation (red in figure below) which is very efficient at warming the air trapped inside a vehicle. Shown below are time lapse photos of thermometer readings in a car over a period of less than an hour. As the animation shows, in just over 2 minutes the car went from a safe temperature to an unsafe temperature of 94.3°F. This demonstration shows just how quickly a vehicle can become a death trap for a child.

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    Animation Courtesy of General Motors and San Francisco State University. Use of this animation does not imply NWS endorsement of services provided by General Motors and San Francisco State University.

    Hyperthermia deaths aren't confined to summer months. They also happen during the spring and fall. Below are just a few of MANY tragedies.

    • Honolulu, HI, March: A 3-year-old girl died when the father left her in a child seat for 1.5 hours while he visited friends in a Waikiki apartment building. The outside temperature was only 81 degrees.
    • North Augusta, SC, April: A mother left her a 15-month-old son in a car. He was in a car for 9 hours while his mom went to work. She is now serving a 20-year prison sentence.
    • Greenville, TX, December: A 6-month-old boy died after being left in a car for more than 2 hours by his mother. She was charged with murder. The temperature rose to an unseasonably warm 81 degrees on that day.

    Adults also susceptible to hyperthermia in vehicles. On July 12, 2001, a man died of heat stroke after falling asleep in his car with the windows rolled up in the parking lot of a supermarket in Hinds County, MS.

  • How your state rates on child passenger safety

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    Road injuries and accidents are the leading cause of unintentional deaths to children in the United States.

    Make sure you have all the Roadside and Auto Safety Gear you need BEFORE you hit the road! Make sure you have all the Roadside and Auto Safety Gear you need BEFORE you hit the road!

    Correctly used child safety seats can reduce the risk of death by as much as 71 percent. The latest Prevention Status Reports has ratings for your state on child passenger safety, additional motor vehicle injury prevention policies, and other important public health concerns.

    Is your child’s car seat registered? Safe Kids say Parents can register their new or currently used car seat, ensuring that they are promptly notified about future recalls and guided through the repair process. Here’s how:

    • Register online with your car manufacturer, using the information found on the information sticker on your car seat.
    • Fill out the registration card that came with your car seat. It’s pre-populated with your car seat’s information. Mail the card; no postage required.

    TIP:Take a photo of your car seat label and save it to your phone so you can have it handy.

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  • Protecting Children From Scalds

    Just because Burn Week is over, doesn't mean awareness of scald dangers, and burn safety should end. Remember that 10,000 Children are Hospitalized with Burns and you should Prevent Scald Burns to Keep Your Family Safe.

    It may help you protect your children from scald injury if you think about it in three time frames:

    1. You can make some changes in your kitchen or bath area which will have a long-term impact.
    2. You can take certain steps right before children are in the area where you’re preparing hot food or beverages, and
    3. You can protect children while they’re in your immediate area when you are cooking and dining.

    While nothing can take the place of close supervision, certain household modifications can have a long-acting impact on scald injury risk to young children.

    • Draw the boundary of a “kid-free” zone on the floor or mark it with tape. At a very young age, children can understand “NO” when it refers to entering that zone.
    • Put away your tablecloths while children are little. Use placemats with a non-slip surface instead.
    • Use spill-resistant “travel mugs” as hot beverage containers. They have tight lids that can only be opened by pushing a lever.

    Here are some same-day steps you can take before small children are in the immediate area.

    • Keep friends, relatives, and sitters informed
    • Turn pan handles away from stove front
    • Observe safe microwave oven practices
    • Protect electric cooking appliances and cords

    Note especially the visitor rule:  When friends, relatives and babysitters arrive, you can tell them just what activities a small child is getting into lately involving the kitchen and dining areas. Even the most frequent visitors and caretakers may be unaware of recent growth progress that can place toddlers  even more at risk of scald injury.

    For example, household members may know they need to keep hot coffee cups off a low table a child has just learned to reach, but a visitor may not. If a toddler discovers and spills a cup of hot coffee placed on the table by a visitor, the resulting burn could cover a large area of a small child’s body and require burn center care.

    Be sure to turn pot handles away from the stove edge when you start cooking.

    Avoid using microwave ovens to heat baby bottles. And don’t allow young children to use microwave ovens themselves.

    Place electric cooking appliances where extension cords are not needed and keep appliance cords away from the counter edge.

    The following safety-oriented behaviors will further reduce the risk of scald injury when small children are right underfoot.

    Kid-Free-ZoneScald-safe child supervision

    • Supervise young children at all times
    • Encourage use of “kid-safe” zone
    • Never hold a child in your arm:

    –While preparing or serving hot food

    –While drinking a hot beverage

    • Keep hot food and liquids high and out of the reach of young children

    The best way to make household modifications and everyday preparations effective is to keep track of what young children are doing at all times. Inattention can undermine safety measures you’ve put in place.

    You’ve already taught children about the “kid-free” zone. While you’re cooking, encourage them to enjoy the “kid-safe” zone outside that area. For very young children, the best “kid-safe” place in the kitchen is a playpen or high chair.

    The most dangerous place may be in the arm or lap of an adult who is preparing or serving hot food or drinking a hot beverage. If a child bumps the arm holding the hot food or drink, the resulting spill could cause a serious injury.

    Keep hot food and liquids high and out of the reach of young children. Since microwave ovens do not always heat foods and beverages evenly, stir and test hot food portions before serving children.

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  • Webinar Tomorrow: STEP into Preparedness

    Join the Federal Emergency Management Agency on Thursday, January 11, 2016, as we present the newly updated Student Tools for Emergency Planning (STEP) materials and share tips and lessons learned from teaching the program.

    STEP is a classroom-based emergency preparedness curriculum that teaches fourth and fifth-graders about emergencies and how to create a disaster supply kit and family emergency communications plan.

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    Title: Step into Preparedness
    Date: Thursday, February 11, 2016
    Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EST

    Featured Speakers:

    • Louise Gorham, Health Imperatives
    • Tod Pritchard, Wisconsin Emergency Management
    • Robert Scata, Connecticut Emergency Management and Homeland Security

    Read these to get Ready! Youth PreparednessYouth Preparedness CouncilUpdate on Youth Preparedness

    How to Join the Student Tools for Emergency Planning Webinar: Click Here

  • February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month

    We've talked about Youth and Teen Safety & Violence in the past (as well as Tools for talking to teens about marijuanae-cigarettes leading to more Teen Smoking, and Youth Preparedness)

    We encouraged you to get serious about this matter with DATING MATTERS®: Understanding Teen Dating Violence Prevention!

    This Month, during National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month, realize that dating violence can happen to any teen in a romantic, dating, or sexual relationship, anytime, anywhere. But it doesn't have to happen at all. Learn how to prevent teen dating violence and to promote healthy relationships with CDC's online resources.Teen-class

    Learn more about CDC's efforts to prevent dating violence:

  • 10,000 Children Hospitalized with Burns

    About 10,000 children are hospitalized annually with burn injuries... remember that burns don't only come from fire. During Burn Awareness Week this year, we want you to become more aware of scald hazards - from cooking, hot foods and liquids, steam and other risks like bathing. Every minute, someone in the United States suffers a burn injury serious enough to require treatment. Seniors and children are most affected by scald burn injuries, Older adults and babies have thinner skin so they’re at risk for deep burns at lower temperatures and short exposure times.

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    There are many simple things you can do to help avoid these painful, disfiguring and potentially deadly injuries - beginning with preparedness to treat burns and awareness.

    Children:

    Lack of safe play areas for children can increase the risk of scald burns. Establish a “No Kids Zone” in the kitchen. Safe play areas should be out of the traffic path between the stove and sink, where children can play and be supervised.

    Keep all pot handles turned back away, away from the stove. Children may reach up and grab handles containing hot liquid or food

    Children often get scald burns when they spill cups of hot coffee, tea, and hot chocolate. Use lids when children are around to prevent burns

    Children can get burned when they grab hanging appliance cords that are caught in cabinets or wrapped around containers of hot food or liquids. Always make sure cords are secure and never in reach of children.

    It can happen in a flash with a splash. Hot liquid and steam burn like fire. Learn more at http://flashsplash.org

    Teaching Children that "red means 'No' or 'Stop' helps them avoid dangerous situations

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