Keep Kids Safe Around Cars
Thu, 3/14/2013 4:39 PM
Most of us know how important it is to buckle our children on every ride. But according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 10 percent of motor vehicle-related deaths to children do not occur in traffic. Some of these incidents happen when children are struck by vehicles in parking lots or when they are left in unattended in vehicles.
Safe Kids, led by le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, offers a few easy steps for parents and caregivers to do to keep children safe around vehicles:
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Wed, 1/23/2013 11:24 AM
A carbon monoxide leak at a Nashville-area school sent 100 people to the hospital last week. Carbon monoxide is an odorless gas that decreases the amount of oxygen in the body, causing deadly illness. To keep your home safe from a carbon monoxide leak, take the following precautions recommended by Safe Kids Mid-South.
Know the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning, which include:
If your carbon monoxide alarm goes off, follow these steps:
Mon, 1/14/2013 2:20 PM
Every year, Le Bonheur treats about 40 children who are victims of gun shot wounds, says Safe Kids Mid-South Director Susan Helms. Most of these victims are between the ages of 10 and 14.
The best thing you can do to protect your child is to keep guns out of your home. According to Safe Kids, if this is not possible, keep children from accessing firearms by:
Helms recently spoke to ABC24 reporter Jackie Orozco about kids and gun injuries. Watch the report below.
Secure Your TV
Fri, 12/28/2012 9:56 AM
A new report released recently by Safe Kids Worldwide and SANUS revealed that every three weeks, a child dies from a television tipping over -- and nearly 13,000 more children are injured each year in the U.S.
The report shows that young children are at greatest risk of TV tip-overs. According to the research, seven out of 10 children injured by TV tip-overs are 5 years old or younger. This age group also accounts for nine out of 10 serious injuries requiring hospitalization, including head injuries, which are among the most severe.
“Every 45 minutes, or less than the length of a Sesame Street episode, a child visits the ER because of a TV tipping over,” said Susan Helms, director of Injury Prevention and Safe Kids Mid-South at Le Bonheur.
Many TV tip-overs are a result of unsteady TVs that are not secured to the wall. Flat screen TVs that are top-heavy with narrow bases can be easily pulled off an entertainment center or table. Large and heavy old-style cathode ray tube (CRT) TVs placed on dressers or high furniture can also tip over if children climb the drawers to reach a remote control, a piece of candy, a video game or anything else that attracts their attention.
The report also revealed that three out of four parents don’t secure their TV to the wall. Most families are unaware that securing a TV is an important safety measure. Others decide not to mount their TVs because of concerns about damaging the wall or installing the TV incorrectly.
“You wouldn’t think to bring a baby home from the hospital without a car seat or have your child ride a bike without a helmet,” said Helms. “Similarly, securing your TV will go a long way in protecting your family.”
Make sure you do the following to prevent furniture tipovers in your home:
Fall Back, Check Smoke Detectors
Fri, 11/02/2012 10:10 AM
A message from Safe Kids Mid-South, led by le Bonheur Children’s Hospital:
When it's time to "fall back" and change the clocks on Sunday, Nov. 4, make sure to check the batteries in all of your smoke alarms; it could save your life.
Did you know that having a working smoke alarm reduces a person's chance of dying in a fire by half? For the best protection, install smoke alarms on every level of your home, outside every sleeping area and in every bedroom. Smoke alarms should be mounted high on walls or ceilings and tested monthly.
It's important to replace smoke alarm batteries at least once a year, unless they're 10-year lithium batteries. Even if your smoke alarms are hardwired, replace the batteries in case of a power outage.
If an alarm "chirps," warning that the battery is low, replace the battery right away. Replace all smoke alarms, including alarms that use 10-year batteries and hardwired alarms, when they are 10 years old or sooner if they do not respond properly when tested.
Thu, 10/04/2012 3:55 PM
The seventh annual Go Jim Go ended yesterday and raised more than $190,000 for Le Bonheur. We thought readers might like to learn more about bike safety in honor of Jim Jagger's 333-mile bicycle ride across the Mid-South.
We urge parents, caregivers and children to be safe while riding a bike – no matter how long or short the distance traveled.
EYES: Position the helmet on your head. Look up and you should see the bottom rim of the helmet. The rim should be one to two finger-widths above the eyebrows.
Stay Safe Walking To, From School
Fri, 8/17/2012 11:49 AM
With school back in session, Safe Kids Mid-South, led by Le Bonheur Children’s, offers a few tips below to ensure kids stay safe while traveling to and from school:
Here are some simple reminders for drivers:
Reminders for your children:
Take the Back-to-School Safety Pledge:
Stay Safe This Sports Season
Tue, 8/07/2012 4:17 PM
With many young school athletes working hard to prepare for fall sports, Safe Kids Mid-South is encouraging parents and coaches to keep children safe on and off the field and prevent sports injuries, including heat-related illnesses.
Nearly 75 percent of United States households have at least one child who plays organized sports. About 3.5 million children receive medical treatment for a sports-related injury each year, and as many as half of these injuries are preventable, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
A national survey commissioned by Safe Kids Worldwide in April 2012, funded by Johnson & Johnson, confirmed parents and coaches need more youth sports safety information. In fact, when asked in a survey of more than 750 coaches, 73 percent of coaches reported that they would like more training in heat illness prevention. Additionally, only one percent of young athletes reported having heard about heat illness as a type of sports injury.
Safe Kids offers these important tips for coaches, parents, and league organizers to prevent heat illness and dehydration:
Safe Kids Mid-South, led by Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, will sponsor a free Sports Safety Clinic on Saturday, Aug. 11, at Dick’s Sporting Goods, 2392 N. Germantown Pkwy., from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Mon, 8/06/2012 2:17 PM
As school starts for many kids this week, remember to pack and carry backpacks carefully. Heavy backpacks and carrying them improperly can lead to back pain or injuries. Safe Kids Mid-South, led by Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, offers these tips for your children to prevent backpack injuries:
Fourth of July Safety
Mon, 7/02/2012 3:59 PM
Fourth of July is a time for celebration across the country, and fireworks displays are a crowd favorite each year. Fireworks can be fun to watch, but they can also be very dangerous. Safe Kids Mid-South, led by Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, warns families to take extra precautions around this holiday.
Around this time of year, more than 2,500 children in the United States ages 14 and younger are treated for fireworks-related injuries.
“Don’t ever let children play with fireworks, period,” says Susan Helms, director of Injury Prevention and Safe Kids Mid-South. “They’re intended for use by adults with permits to carefully use them in open spaces. Children should watch from a safe distance with plenty of adult supervision to make sure they don’t get too close.”
Fireworks, including sparklers and flares, can cause serious burns or blast injuries that can permanently impair vision and hearing. Helms says the safest way to enjoy fireworks is to watch them at a community event where professionals handle them.
Safe Kids Mid-South recommends these precautions for adults using fireworks:
Check Your Car: Don't Leave Kids Behind
Fri, 6/29/2012 4:18 PM
With highs reaching into the 100s this weekend, it’s important to ensure no child is left behind in your car. Temperatures this hot make heat stroke (or other heat-related illnesses) even more likely. Safe Kids Mid-South shares some important tips below.
Here’s what parents and caregivers need to know and why:
Take immediate action. The body temperature of children rises three to five times faster than adults’ body temperature, and as a result, children are much more vulnerable to heat stroke.
Dial 911 immediately if you see an unattended child in a car. EMS professionals are trained to determine if a child is in trouble.
Create reminders. Many child heat stroke deaths occur because parents and caregivers become distracted and exit their vehicle without their child. To help prevent these tragedies parents can:
Get involved. Free educational materials are available at www.Safekids.org. Post them at your child care center, place of business or church. Let's help each other prevent further tragedies!
Pool Safety: Watch Your Children
Wed, 6/27/2012 10:17 AM
Most drownings happen quickly and silently -- but often with people nearby. Safe Kids Mid-South, led by Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, strongly urges parents and adult caregivers to designate a "Water Watcher" by the pool, spa or any body of water. This responsible adult assumes the role of actively watching any child in or near the water. A short phone call, text message or other simple distraction is all it takes for a tragedy to happen.
Here are some other pool and spa tips:
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Detergent Packs: A Danger to Kids
Wed, 6/06/2012 2:00 PM
You might have seen this recent interview with Safe Kids Mid-South's Susan Helms on WREG. She talked to reporter Zaneta Lowe about the reported dangers of kids ingesting laundry detergent packs. Kids think these packs, which are small and can look like candy, are for them, says Susan.
Watch the interview to learn more from Susan about this warning.
Sandboxes: Is Your Sand Safe?
Fri, 5/11/2012 1:08 PM
Popular DIY bloggers Sherry and John Petersik of Young House Love recently posed a question about the safety of some sandboxes. Their concerns were over certain types of sand -- commonly found in playgrounds or sandboxes -- that contain crystalline silica and asbestos tremiline-- both known to potentially put children at risk for developing cancer, says Susan Helms, Le Bonheur director of Injury Prevention and Safe Kids Mid-South.
Helms says the kind of play sand that can have both of these carcinogens is made from crushed rock, so look for river or beach sand for your child’s sandbox. These can usually be found at landscape or gardening stores. Though slightly more expensive, Safe Sand sells carcinogen-free sand for sandboxes.
Helms also recommends following these guidelines from the National Health and Safety Performance:
Teens and Hand-Sanitizers
Fri, 5/04/2012 1:38 PM
Hospitals around the country have noticed a startling issue: teens drinking ethanol hand sanitizers to get drunk. It is a dangerous trend, and we found some great information worth sharing from the American Association of Poison Control Centers.
Safe Kids Mid-South supports the following tips for parents:
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