Injury prevention resources & updates for August 2018

How to keep kids safe while they are having fun in the sun

Safe Kids Worldwide wants to remind you that while summer is out, it is important to keep kids safe, whether it is at a backyard barbecue, a road trip, a bike ride, or a beach vacation.

Travel Safety Tips

Buckling up on every ride is the single most important thing a family can do to stay safe in the car.

73% of car seats are not used or installed correctly, so before you hit the road, check your car seat.

Use a booster seat with the vehicle lap AND shoulder belts until your child passes the Safety Belt Fit Test.

Heatstroke is the leading cause of non-crash, vehicle-related deaths for children. Never leave your child alone in a car, not even for a minute.


Swimming Safety Tips

Watch kids when they are in or around water, even if no one is planning on getting in the water, without being distracted.

Teach children to always swim with an adult. Older, more experience swimmers should still swim with a partner every time.

Swimming aids such as water wings or noodles are fun toys for kids, but are NOT appropriate to be used in place of a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket.

To keep you and loved ones safe, never drink while boating.

Bike Safety Tips

Wear a properly-fitted helmet. It is the best way to prevent head injuries and death. Learn how to properly fit a helmet for your child in seconds.

Use hand signals and follow the rules of the road. Be predictable by making sure you ride in a straight line and don’t swerve between cars.

Wear bright colors and use lights, especially when riding at night and in the morning.

Ride with your children and wear a helmet as well.

Grilling Safety Tips

Position the grill well away from the siding, deck railings, out from under eaves and overhanging branches and a safe distance from lawn games, play areas, and foot traffic.

Keep children and pets away from the grill area by declaring a three-foot “kid-free zone” around the grill.

Keep all matches and lighters away from children. Teach your children to report any loose matches or lighters to an adult immediately.

    – Safe Kids Worldwide

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