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Put Your Safety First

Here at Parking Pal we are all about keeping kids safe!  Looks like we aren’t the only ones.  I recently came across a really COOL video for kids all about safety.  It has a very catchy tune.  I actually can’t stop singing the chorus.  My 8 year old watched it and thought it was cute, but I think it would be great to start showing this to kids as a much younger age.

http://youtu.be/CD_otOjgiIk   “A song for kids to remind them of all kinds of safety issues they need to be aware of. From chewing their food,crossing the street,playing with matches etc. A fun and entertaining way for parents to reinforce being safe. Great for teachers in the classroom and homeschoolers also.” – Discover and Learn

But they don’t just have safety songs….they have all sorts of educational music for children.  Check out their website here.

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12 Tips to Keep Your Kids Safe This Holiday

By Kim Estes

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The Holidays are here. OK, I said it. Hard to believe but true! The holiday season is often hectic and can be incredibly stressful to many parents. This year, global changes and uncertainty are also factoring into our holiday mood. There are so many things going on around us and often personal safety gets overlooked during this hectic time. However, now is the best time to brush up on safety with your family. There will be lots of interaction with family and friends and new experiences and new places. Now is a great time to practice “what if” scenarios with your kids. Believe it or not, taking time to talk safety with your kids will take some of the anxiety out of your holiday season and theirs.

Here are some great tips on how to stay safe during the holidays.

Safety while shopping:

• Have a designated spot (like a sales counter) to meet at if you get separated.

• Make sure younger kids practice their name, your name and cell phone number

• Remind kids never to leave the store, no matter what!

• Practice identifying “safe grown ups” while you are out and about

• Older kids should always take a friend when going to the mall without and adult

• Remind kids to always check first with you before going anywhere or accepting gifts

• Never leave children unattended in stores, arcades, or playgrounds

Safety at holiday parties:

• Let your child chose who they wish to show affection to. Do not force them to kiss or hug someone. Even if it means hurting Grandma or Uncle Joes feelings. Your child needs to know they have power over their own bodies.

• Check in on your kids when you are at a large gathering or function. Make sure they are doing OK.

• Kids need to check first with a parent before going off with someone at the party (eg. To play video games or watch a movie in the bedroom or leaving the house to go play in the front yard)

• Have each adult at the party take 20 minute “shifts” to cruise around and check on the kids to make sure they are all doing OK.

• If someone is making your child uncomfortable (excessive tickling, hugging, wrestling) intervene on your child’s behalf to end the behavior. You child needs to know they have your support and that you are there to protect them, no matter what.

Most of all have a safe and wonderful holiday season!
About the Author: Kim Estes is the owner of Savvy Parents Safe Kids and has worked with parents for over 15 years, educating them on various parenting topics. Kim is a certified prevention educator through the National Security Alliance, the Kid Safe Network and is a Darkness 2 Light facilitator. As a Child Safety Expert, Kim has appeared on local and national TV and Radio shows, helping to raise awareness on the importance of prevention education. For more information about her work or to schedule a workshops go to: www.savvyparentsafekids

I’m a Big Kid Now- Car Seat Safety

I’M A BIG KID NOW

Another school year has begun. They’re another year older and one step closer toMC900436925 being a grown up in every sense of the word. Especially in their minds. They’re back at school, making new friends, and ever eager to impress and fit in. They have a built in desire to be independent, and graduating out of their car seat is no different.

You’ve heard it all before right? I’m a big kid. I’m not a baby anymore. I don’t need a baby seat. None of my friends have to sit in baby seats. It’s not cool! So what are you to do? What’s the truth? Is it just as safe in a regular seat belt? Do they really need to be in a booster seat? What’s the difference? How do we keep them safe and avoid the battle of our common sense versus their witty excuses?

The truth is that letting them sit in a big boy or girl seat with a seat-belt designed to protect a fully grown adult ISN’T just as safe. It’s not the same. Their bodies are NOT just smaller versions of our. Their bone structure is less mature. They ARE smaller but that means the same energy from hitting that tree had a lot more room to spread out on me and you than it did on them. Reality is that being in a booster seat is SAFER. It correctly positions the seat-belt over their bones and not their neck and belly. This helps to stop the movement during an accident. The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration NHTSA generally recommends booster seats for kids 4 to 8 years old, less than 40 pounds, and under 4 feet 9 inches, although it’s a really good idea to check with authorities regarding your local laws.

The solution? Make their booster seat fun. Dress it up. Let them put their favorite stickers on it. Personalize it! Talk about it. Refrain from using phrases like “baby seat” and replace them instead with chants like “belts over bones”. It’s not about being grown up. It’s about their safety. Let them know that this seat is specially designed to protect them. Most importantly, set a great example. Always buckle up, and ALWAYS use the booster seat for your child.

For more information regarding the use of booster seats please visit www.NTHSA.gov

To find a local car seat inspection check www.safekids.org

This blog post was written by :
Jeremy B. Richter
Critical Care Paramedic
Child Safety Advocate
Founder of SAFE DAWG

SAFE DAWG is a child injury prevention program that teaches safety to kids K-8. A big part of their program includes Free car seat checks. Jeremy is a National Child Passenger Safety Technician. Stay tuned for more safety post from Jeremy.

Smart Phone Dangers….Safety Saturday

cell phone dangersWe all do it. Snap pictures on our smart phones and load them onto Facebook, Twitter and any other manner of social media you can think of. Vacations, night out with friends, kids here, kids there…..visually sharing our everyday lives with our “on-line” family. And there is nothing wrong with that. It’s fun, it keeps us connected to people and lets us live vicariously through each other. But, along with that photo of little Emma proclaiming that “Our daily trip to the park!” or a picture of our feet with the sand captioned “A week of fun in the sun!” we are announcing our location. We are telling the virtual world where were are, what we are doing and when. The photos we take with our smartphones not only show sweet Alex on his first day of school, they also contain the latitude and longitude of where that photo was taken. That Exif metadata attached to each picture we take can be viewed and then be mapped….rather easily. This discovery of mine, is not a new one at all. Most of you are probably already aware of it. And while I knew of the GPS capabilities of my phone, and that the pictures I took had location data stored into them, I wasn’t overly worried about it. Not until my oldest daughter started using her phone for all of the above.

Er…..hold up there.

So you want to wander through life taking pictures of you and your friends and POST THEM ON THE INTERNET!!! Suddenly, the danger seemed real. Very real. Some random stranger could check out her photos and figure out, quite literally, where she was. What her roaming-with-friends habits were. What she looked like, what she likes, her name. I am sure the list goes on and on and on.

The safety part of this post, or rather where the danger lies, could go in a hundred different directions. Because there are so many different “scenarios” I can only suggest the most basic of solutions.

1- Turn your GPS off on your phone. If the phone can’t log it’s location, it can’t tag it onto the photo.

2- Inform your kids, specifically teens who have phones, that it can potentially be a security threat.

3 – Check privacy settings on your accounts periodically to make sure that only the people you want to see things, can.

4 – Be aware of the sites and apps your using. Some sites automatically wipe the geotagging from your photo when it is uploaded (Facebook & Twitter), others do not.

My favorite is option 1 (though I do them all). It is quick and requires minimal effort on my part, and I can get back to snapping and uploading!

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Top 5 Dangers of Kids and Vehicles- Part 2

Top 5 dangers of kids around vehicles This is part two in our feature of the dangers of kids around vehicles.  To see the top 3 dangers click here.  The 4th danger is Power Windows.  According to KidsandCars.org “Power windows in automobiles have killed or injured thousands of children. Since 1990 over 50 children have been killed by power windows, with untold numbers of brain injuries and amputations of fingers, etc.; most of them to children age three or younger.” 

 Click on the picture below to see  3 sets of power window controls-the top two are more dangerous and the bottom one is a little safer. 

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The 5th danger of kids and vehicles is Trunk Entrapment!  This simply means kids getting locked in a trunk. Kidsandcars.org says “Sometimes children play in places they shouldn’t, like the trunk of the car. If your child got trapped inside, could he or she get out?”  What a great question….have you talked to your kids about the dangers of trunks?  Maybe you drive and SUV and don’t have a trunk.  But what about when they are at a friends house.   A glow in the dark internal trunk release is now required in all new vehicles with a trunk. You can also purchase a kit and add it to an older model trunk.

Please take a minute to talk to your kids about the dangers around vehicles….it just might save their life.

Safety Saturday- Top 5 Dangers for Kids and Vehicles

Part 1

Every year thousands of kids are injured or killed around vehicles in non-traffic accidents. There are 5 main dangers for kids and vehicles.  Today I’m talking about the top 3 dangers.  The number one danger is a Backover accident.  Every week in the US at least 50 children are backed over by a vehicle.  2 of the 50 will die.

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Notice in these pictures from the kidsandcars.org website.  62 children are behind the SUV and all of them are in the blind spot.  Have you ever heard of Bye-Bye Syndrome?  You say good bye to your kids and then walk out the door to your vehicle and unbeknownst you to, your child follows you out.  Here is a video showing bye-bye syndrome:

The number 2 danger is a Front Over accident.  According to this quote from www.kidsandcars.org, frontover-main-pic2

“Every year, thousands of children are hurt or die because a driver moving forward very slowly didn’t see them.  These incidents for the most part take place in residential driveways or parking lots and are referred to as ‘frontovers.’  (the opposite of a backover).”

The third danger is Heat Stroke.  No one thinks it could ever happen to them, but unfortunately it does.  Most times, a parent or caregiver mistakenly leaves a child in the vehicle.  It usually happens when the routine of the parent is different.  For example, normally mom drops baby off at daycare.  But today she stays home sick and dad takes baby to daycare.  But on the way, he gets a distracting phone call and is focused on a work meeting.  He takes the route he normally takes and arrives at work as usual.  Baby is sleeping in the back nice and quiet and dad completely forgets that the baby is in the back seat.  Watch this video:

Stay tuned for Part 2 to find out other dangers of kids and cars.

*Videos, images and statistics in this article are from www.kidsandcars.org.

 

 

Safety Saturday-Bike Safety

Bike Safety-  Below are some tips from www.safekids.org about bike safety.

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Helmets
•We have a simple saying: “Use your head, wear a helmet.” It is the single most effective safety device available to reduce head injury and death from bicycle crashes.
•Make sure your child has the right size helmet and wears it every time when riding, skating or scooting. Here are instructions on how to properly fit your child’s helmet.
•You’d be surprised how much kids learn from watching you so it’s extra important for parents to model proper behavior. Wear a helmet, even if you didn’t when you were a kid.
•Your children’s helmet should meet the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s standards. When it’s time to purchase a new helmet, let your children pick out their own; they’ll be more likely to wear it for every ride.

Bikes
•Ensure proper bike fit by bringing the child along when shopping for a bike. Select one that is the right size for the child, not one he or she will grow into.
•Actively supervise your children when they are riding.
•Every child is different, but developmentally, it can be hard for kids to judge speed and distance of cars until age 10, so limit riding to sidewalks (although be careful for vehicles in driveways), parks or bike paths until age 10. No matter where you ride, teach your child to stay alert and watch for cars and trucks.
•Long or loose clothing can get caught in bike chains or wheel spokes. Dress young kids appropriately to ensure a safe ride.

Here is a video about how to do a bike helmet fit test.

http://www.safekids.org/video/bike-helmet-fit-test

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Safety Saturday-Medication Safety

I love www.safekids.org.  They have so many great safety articles.  Please take a minute to read about medication safety from www.safekids.org.  It could save your childs life!

Medication Safety Tips

Store Medicines Safely
•Put medicines up and away and out of sight. Make sure that all medicines, including vitamins and adult medicines, are stored out of reach and out of sight of children. (In 86% of emergency room visits for medicine poisoning, the child got into medicine belonging to an adult.)
•Consider places where kids get into medicine. Kids get into medication in all sorts of places, like in purses and nightstands. (In 67% of cases, the medicine was within reach of a child, such as in a purse, left on a counter or dresser or found on the ground.)
•Consider products you might not think about as medicines. Most parents know to store medicine up and away – or at least the products they consider to be medicine. But they don’t always think about products such as diaper rash remedies or eye drops, which may not seem like medicine but can cause harm.
•Close your medicine tightly after every use. Buy medicines that come in child-resistant packages when you can. But remember, child-resistant does not mean child-proof, and some children will still be able to get into medicine given enough time and persistence. Make sure you close the package tightly after each use.
•Be alert to visitors’ medicine. Well-meaning visitors may not be thinking about the medicines they have brought with them in their belongings. When you have guests in your home, offer to put purses, bags and coats out of reach of children to protect their property from a curious child. (In 43% of cases, the medicine a child got into belonged to a relative, such as an aunt, uncle or grandparent.)
•Be alert to medicine in places your child visits. You know to store medicine safely in your home, but do you ever think about medicine safety when your child isn’t at home? Asking people your child visits to put their medicines in a safe place works for some parents, but it may feel socially awkward to others. Another option is to take a look around to see if any medicines are stored within reach and deal with any risks in sight.
•Even if you are tempted to keep it handy, put medicine out of reach after every use. When you need to give another dose in just a few hours, it may be tempting to keep medicine close at hand. Accidents can happen fast. It only takes a few seconds for children to get into medicine that could make them very sick. Put medicine up and away after every use. And if you need a reminder, set an alarm on your watch or cell phone, or write yourself a note.

Give Medicines Safely
•Use the dosing device that comes with the medicine. Proper dosing is important, particularly for young children. Kitchen spoons aren’t all the same, and a teaspoon and tablespoon used for cooking won’t measure the same amount as the dosing device.
•Keep all medicines in their original packages and containers.
•Take the time to read the label and follow the directions. Even if you have used the medicine before, sometimes the directions change about how much medicine to give.
•Even if your child seems really sick, don’t give more medicine than the label says. It won’t help your child feel better faster, and it may cause harm.
•Take the time to read the label and follow the directions on your child’s medicine. Check the active ingredients listed on the label. Make sure you don’t give your child more than one medicine with the same active ingredient. Giving your child two or more medicines that have the same active ingredient can put your child at risk for an overdose.

Communicate to Caregivers
•If you are depending on someone else to give your child medicine, communicate clearly to avoid double dosing or dosing errors. (More than 67,000 parents call poison control centers about dosing errors each year.)
•Write clear instructions to other caregivers, including what medicine to give, when to give it and the correct dose.

Get Rid of Medicines Safely
•Many communities have a medicine take-back program. This is an easy way to get rid of your unused or expired medicines.
•To dispose of it yourself, put the medicine into a sealable plastic bag. If the medicine is a solid, such as a pill or liquid capsule, add water to dissolve it. Then add kitty litter, sawdust or coffee grounds to the plastic bag. You can add anything that mixes with the medicine to make it less appealing for children or pets.
•The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says that certain medicines are so dangerous they should be flushed down the toilet.

Talk to Your Kids about Medication Safety
•Talk to your kids about medication safety. Even if their medicine tastes good, don’t compare it to candy to encourage kids to take it.
•Speak with older kids about the dangers of misusing or abusing prescription or over-the-counter medicines.

Educate Grandparents
•It is estimated that in 38 percent of ER visits involving a medicine poisoning, the medicine belonged to a grandparent. Talk to grandparents about being extra mindful with medicine or pillboxes when children are around.
•Don’t forget to remind other family members and visitors as well.

Put the Poison Control Center Number in Your Phone
•Put the toll-free number for the Poison Control Center (1-800-222-1222) into your home and cell phone. You should also post it near your phone or on your refrigerator for the babysitter. Hopefully you’ll never need it, but it’s nice to have just in case.
•Experts are always available to help in case of an emergency or with any questions involving medicines, chemicals or household products. Call the Poison Control Center if you have questions about giving medicines, if your child was given the wrong amount or medicine, or if your child has taken medicine that he or she wasn’t supposed to.
•If your child has collapsed, is not breathing, or has a seizure, call 911.
•Do not make children vomit or give them anything unless directed by a professional.

Safety Saturday

How many important phone numbers do you have memorized?  How about your kids?  Most of us have the numbers for friends and family  plugged right into our phone.  What if something happens and you want to call the police or fire department, but it’s not a 911 emergency?  Do you know that number?  Do you have the poison control number handy?  If your like most of us, the answer is NO!  Many of us don’t know the important numbers that we should….and our kids definitely don’t know them.  But no worries, we have a simple solution for you!

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