Travel Safe With Your Kids

Each year, over 3.4 million children end up in the emergency room due to home and or car accidents.

Leadings Causes of Injury for Children         

● Poisoning
● Fires                  
● bicycle injuries
● Drowning          
● Motor vehicle crashes 

Car crashes are the leading cause of death among children ages 2 to 14, due to the nonuse or improper use of child seats and seat belts.

Many of these deaths can be prevented. Placing children in age- and size-appropriate car seats and booster seats reduces serious and fatal injuries by more than half.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safty Administration;

-Infants from birth to at least one year old should ride in the back seat in a rear facing safety seat.

-Keep your child rear-facing as long as possible. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations released March 2011, your child should remain in a rear-facing car seat until the age of 2 or until he or she reaches the top height or   weight limit allowed by your car seat’s manufacturer.

-Once your child outgrows the rear-facing car seat, your child is ready to travel in a forward-facing car seat with a harness in the back seat.

-All children who have outgrown child safety seats should be properly restrained in booster seats until they are at least 8-years old (New York State Law). Recommendations are for children to remain in booster seats until they reach 4’9″ tall.

-When children outgrow their booster seats, they can use the lap shoulder belt in the back seat.

-Children should ride in the rear-seat until age 13.

Seat belts Should Always be Worn Correctly

Your child should stay in a booster seat until adult seat belts fit correctly (usually when the child reaches about 4’ 9” in height and is between 8 and 12 years of age). Always remember;

  • The shoulder belt lies across the middle of the chest and shoulder, not the neck or throat.
  • The lap belt is low and snug across the upper thighs, not the belly.
  • Your child is tall enough to sit against the vehicle seat back with her knees bent without slouching and can stay in this position comfortably throughout the trip.
  • Make sure your child does not tuck the shoulder belt under her arm or behind her back. This leaves the upper body unprotected, putting your child at risk of severe injury in a crash or with sudden braking.
  • Never allow anyone to “share” seat belts. All passengers must have their own car safety seats or seat belts

Falls are on the leading causes of unintentional injuires in the United States accounting for nearly 8.6 million visits to the emergency room.
– National Safety Council-

You can help prevent a fall just by following a few tips:

clean up all spills
– Stay off freshly mopped floors
– Secure electrical phone cords out of traffic areas
– Remove small throw rugs or use non-skid mats
– Wear shoes with good suppiort and slip-resistant soles

Each year, more than 200,000 children visit hospital emergency rooms because of playground injuries
– National Safety Council-

Many playground injuries can be prevented just by being aware and alert. Here is a top 10 checklist for playground safety.

– Surfaces around playground equipment should be filled with at least 12 inches of loose fill, such as wood chips, mulch, sand or pea gravel.
– Most stationary equipment should have at least a 6 foot use zone in all directions.
– Any openings that can trap children (in guardrails or between ladder rungs) should be less than 3.5 minches apart or more than 9 inches.
– Guardrails should surround all elevanted platforms and should be at least 29 inches hihg for preschool-age children and 38 inches high for school-age children.
– Look for exposed concrete footings, tree roots or rocks that could trip children.
– Check for sharp edges and dangerous hardware, like open “S” hooks or protruding bolts.
– Make sure your child plays on age-appropriate equipment.
– Playgrounds should be maintained regularly. Report any problems.
– Remove hoods or drawstrings that can get caught on equipment.
– Supervise children when they play.

Protect Your Children- Safe Home, Safe Child

  • Place children in age-appropriate car or booster seats in the back seat
  • Never leave your child unattended in or around a car
  • Lock all car doors and trunks and keep all keys and remote devices away from children
  • Buckle unused seatbelts
  • Engage the emergency brake every time you park
  • Don’t leave your baby alone on a bed, sofa or anywhere they can fall from
  • Cut all your child’s food into very small pieces and teach them to swallow slowly
  • Never leave small items in a child’s reach
  • Never leave your child alone in the bath or near pools & ponds
  • Keep all medicines and cleaning products locked away or on high shelves
  • Check electrical plugs & sockets for scorching or fraying.
  • Always wear a helmet when bicycle riding

Sun and Heat exposure
The summer months are for outdoor fun, but overexposure to the sun can cause serious damage.  Enjoy the hot weather, but watch out for the sun.

– Wear a wide-brimmed hat to keep your head and face cool
– Always carry water- take drinks frequently
– Take frequent breaks in the shade during those hot days
– Wear sunscreen that has an SPF of at least 15
– Wear protective clothing