Safety

Car Safety

Car safety has always been a concern for parents with infants or small children. According to the Center for Disease Control, injuries suffered in auto accidents are the greatest public health problem for children and the leading cause of death in children. In 2002, 1,543 children ages 14 and under were killed in motor vehicle crashes in the U.S.; 227,000 were injured (NHTSA 2003). However, these concerns can easily be alleviated with the use of the proper child restraints.

There are many choices for child restraints, contingent upon the age and size of the child. From birth to age 8, children should be secured in the appropriate child restraint, preferably in the back seat, while riding in an automobile. After age 8, children should stay in a child restraint until an adult seat belt fits properly. While seat belts and air bags save many adult lives each year, the same is true for children in the proper child restraints.

An infant car bed is the appropriate child restraint for premature babies or those with low birth weight.

A rear-facing infant restraint is the appropriate child restraint for the first 12 months (normally from birth to 20 pounds).

A forward-facing child restraint is the appropriate child restraint for children 1 to 4 years of age (20-40 pounds).

A booster seat is the appropriate child restraint for children ages 4-8 (40-80 pounds).

Download the Car Safety Seats guide for more information.

Home Safety

Keeping your child safe in your home is extremely important. Download the Home Safety Checklist to help you make sure your home is safe for children.

Mosquito Bites

Bug bites can make children miserable. Download A Parent's Guide to Insect Repellents for more information.

Bicycle Helmets

Riding bikes is a lot of fun, but accidents can happen. Wearing a helmet can help prevent many injuries. Download the Bicycle Helmet Safety sheet to find out more.

Sun Safety

Make a habit of protecting your child's skin. Download the Sun Safety sheet to find out how.

Water Safety

Download A Parent's Guide to Water Safety to find out more about keeping your child safe around water.

  

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Texting and Driving Statistics:

  • National Safety Council reports 2 out of 3 teens admit they use apps while driving and 27% say they text and drive.
  • National Safety Council estimates that at least 1.6 million crashes each year involve drivers using cell phones and texting.
  • 56% of teenagers admit to talking on their cell phones while behind the wheel, while 13% admit to texting while driving.
  • Each year, 21% of fatal car crashes involving teenagers between the ages of 16 and 19 were the result of cell phone usage. This results has been expected to grow as much as 4% every year.
  • For every 6 seconds of drive time, a driver sending or receiving a text message spends 4.6 of those seconds with their eyes off the road. This makes texting the most distracting of all cell phone related tasks.

 

  
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