Topic: Safe Kids USA
Washington, D.C. – Warmer weather is approaching and with it the seemingly inevitable news that a child has died from heat stroke while trapped in a vehicle.
It has happened in February with temperatures in the low 70’s. But typically around the Ides of March we hear of the first event of the year — a disturbing, horrific incident of an infant or toddler dying from being trapped in a sweltering car.
The risks and causes of these hyperthermia deaths are well-known, and this tragic mishap occurred 49 times in 2010 — the worst year since records have been kept.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNVSqH6wMUc&
Twice As Many Child Pedestrians Are Killed While Walking on Halloween
Washington, D.C. – New Safe Kids research shows only one third of parents talk to their children annually about Halloween safety. To complete this first-of-it-kind study on Halloween-safety, Safe Kids commissioned Harris Interactive to conduct a poll of 935 parents with children ages 12 and younger to assess their knowledge, attitudes and behaviors related to Halloween safety.
On average, twice as many child pedestrians are killed while walking on Halloween compared to other days of the year. On this potentially dangerous night of the year for child pedestrians, Safe Kids strongly recommends that parents prepare children to behave safely and for drivers to take extra precautions. «Read the rest of this article»
Safe Kids Reminds Parents to Keep Watchful Eye on Children around Water
Washington, D.C. – Safe Kids USA with support from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is coordinating a national public education effort to raise awareness with parents and caregivers about water safety for children and help prevent drowning and entrapment in pools and spas. Drowning is the leading cause of death among children ages 1 to 4.
Nearly 750 children ages 14 and under died in 2007 in the U.S. due to an unintentional drowning. In addition, in 2009 there was an estimated 5,016 children injured due to a near drowning incident. Since Memorial Day, the Consumer Product Safety Commission reported that there have been 48 child drownings and 75 near-drownings in pools and spas alone in 35 states and territories as reported by the media.
Safe Passengers Today; Good Drivers Tomorrow
Washington, D.C. – Safe Kids USA with the support of the General Motors Foundation is launching Countdown2Drive, a national education program that is designed to equip teens ages 13 – 14 and their parents with safe passenger and driving knowledge well before the teen is ready to drive legally. The program’s goal is to help teens learn how to protect themselves in vehicles as they become more independent.
“Our goal is to educate young teens, as they begin to transition from passengers to drivers,” said John Formisano, president and CEO of Safe Kids Worldwide. “Our research shows teen pre-drivers are eager to learn, and they are focused on the freedom a driver’s license and access to a car can provide. By preparing them to be good passengers, Countdown2Drive can help decrease the number of crashes and injuries that occur during their first and most dangerous year of driving. Motor vehicle crashes are the number one killer of teens, with driver inexperience and distractions among the main causes of teen crashes.” «Read the rest of this article»
Child pedestrian death rate on Halloween night doubles the average, FedEx and Safe Kids USA urges kids and drivers to be alert and cautious
Washington, D.C. – On a potentially dangerous night of the year for child pedestrians, Safe Kids USA urges parents to prepare children to act safely and drivers to take extra precautions. On average, twice as many kids are killed while walking on Halloween compared to other days of the year.
“Kids need proper safety instruction before they go out trick-or-treating,” says Moira Donahue, Safe Kids USA Director of Pedestrian Safety Programs. “Many kids will be out trick-or-treating while it is dark and thus more difficult for drivers to see them. There are several simple and effective behaviors that parents can share with kids to help reduce their risk of injury. For example, children younger than age 12 should not be alone crossing streets on this night without an adult. If older kids are mature enough to go trick-or-treating without adult supervision, parents should make sure they go in a group and stick to a predetermined route with good lighting.”
Hundreds of pool and spa incidents since Memorial Day Weekend
Houston, TX — Halfway through the summer swimming season, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has seen news reports of more than 210 child drowning and non-fatal submersion incidents in pools and spas around the country since Memorial Day Weekend. In an effort to reduce these preventable incidents, CPSC and partners Safe Kids USA and the National Drowning Prevention Alliance (NDPA) joined forces today to introduce a new kids safety education program. The centerpieces of the program are a multi-part educational video and an online activity, which are part of CPSC’s national Pool Safely campaign.
“Just one incident is one too many,” said Inez M. Tenenbaum, Chairman of the CPSC. “These statistics are a wake up call and a reminder that these tragic incidents are preventable. Our kids safety program is designed to teach parents and children simple water safety steps so that everyone will Pool Safely this summer. ”
Safe Kids USA demonstrates escalating temperatures inside vehicle to warn parents about the dangers of heat stroke
Safe Kids USA shares seven tips to prevent future tragedies
LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL, — In an effort to continue educating parents and caregivers about the dangers of heat stroke to children left unattended in vehicles, Safe Kids USA hosted an event yesterday at Test Track at Walt Disney World Resort’s Epcot® theme park near Orlando, Fla. Through the NEVER LEAVE YOUR CHILD ALONE campaign, Safe Kids USA, along with many other partners such as AAA, is working to increase awareness and reduce heat stroke deaths to children left unattended in vehicles. «Read the rest of this article»
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