Did you know?
Only 1/3 of parents have talked to their kids annually about Halloween, although 3/4 report having Halloween safety fears.
On average, twice as many child pedestrians are killed while walking on Halloween compared to other days of the year.
Only 18% of parents use reflective tape on their children’s Halloween costumes.
An amazing 12% of children five years of age or younger are permitted to trick-or-treat alone.
What can you do to keep your kids safe?
Children under the age of 12 should trick-or-treat and cross streets with an adult.
Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic as far to the side as possible.
Cross the street at the corner (crosswalks, traffic signals) and watch for cars backing out of the driveway.
SLOW DOWN when driving through the neighborhoods. Children move in unpredictable ways. Park the car and walk with your kids…it’s great exercise for everyone!
(HealthDay News) — Proper installation of a rear-facing car seat, recommended for all infants and children up to age 2, offers protection for your child in the event of a car crash.
The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests these guidelines:
For children riding rear-facing, the harness straps should be in the slots that are at or BELOW the height of your child’s shoulders. Straps should fit snugly with the chest clip at mid-chest.
For children riding forward-facing, the harness straps should be in the slots that are at or ABOVE the height of your child’s shoulders.
Make sure the car seat is installed snugly. It should not move more than 1 inch in any direction.
A rear-facing car seat should never be placed in the vehicle’s front seat.
Make sure the lower anchor and tether or seat belt are properly routed through the appropriate belt path, according to the seat’s installation instructions.
Set your car seat to the appropriate angle that doesn’t allow your child’s head to bend forward.
If you need help getting your car seat installed, check out our car seat resources page for a listing of inspection stations in Larimer and Weld Counties. Appointments are required.
Check out the video explaining how to participate in the Great Colorado Fire Drill!
Do you have a fire escape plan? Have you practiced your plan with your family? The Fire and Life Safety Educators of Colorado are encouraging all Colorado residents to do just that and send us a picture of your family at your safe meeting place…you’ll be entered for a GREAT prize!
Check out http://www.greatcoloradofiredrill.org/ for more information.
Greetings from the PVH and MCR Foundation,
Today marks the beginning of a short and important campaign for the safety of kids in our community, and we need your help! Safe Kids is a proven program that improves child passenger safety by providing car seats and education about their proper use to parents in northern Colorado. In order to continue providing car seats at very little cost – just a $20 donation per car seat to families – we need your support.
This October, we’re working to raise $4500 to keep the program strong through the end of this year. Your gift of $77 provides an infant car seat to a baby who needs one, $53 buys a convertible seat for a toddler to travel safely, and only $33 will keep a child safe in a booster seat through when they grow out of the need for extra safety measures. It’s as easy as visiting pvhandmcr.thankyou4caring.org and select Safe Kids – Car Seats to make your gift today.
Your gift could save a child’s life.
Each year, motor vehicle crashes are a primary cause of death to children. Studies show that proper car seat use can reduce serious and fatal injuries in vehicle accidents by more than 50%. With the help of Safe Kids, Larimer county has dropped from a top county for injuries to unrestrained children (age 8 and under) in vehicles, to having NO child occupant fatalities (age 8 and under) in 2012-2013!
Here’s how you can help:
- Safe Kids is already a valued resource in our community, but we need your help to keep it going!
Make your gift today at pvhandmcr.thankyou4caring.org.
- The more people know about the program, the more families we can serve.
Share this with your friends, coworkers, family…anyone you think may want to help or need help.
You can also check out our Facebook page that shares regular updates on this program and others improving lives in community.
- When more people give, more kids are safe.
Ask your friends, coworkers, family, etc. to contribute today at pvhandmcr.thankyou4caring.org. A small gift goes a long way toward saving a life. Challenge your peers to help you raise enough for a car seat, or a enough for a whole family to be safe. Simply sharing this message could make all the difference.
Keeping our community’s kids safe isn’t just the job of parents, we can all help. It’s as easy as making a gift and sharing this message. . Please help us reach our goal of $4500 this October. Anything above $4500 just builds next year’s program. Thank you for giving what you can.
Thank you for considering a gift today at pvhandmcr.thankyou4caring.org.
In honor of National Child Passenger Safety Month, Safe Kids has teamed up with Graco to encourage caregivers to take the Buckle Up for Safety pledge. Visit the Graco Facebook page to pledge to ensure all passengers are buckled up properly for every ride. Graco will donate $1 to Safe Kids for every pledge taken during September, up to $10,000. Invite your friends to join in by sharing the Graco Buckle Up for Safety pledge on Facebook and Twitter.
September marks National Preparedness Month and Safe Kids Larimer County and partners want you to be prepared in the event of a natural disaster or emergency. Do you have a plan? Do you have a 72-hour kit? What about your pets? There’s a lot to think about and many times disasters happen with very little warning. Don’t get caught unprepared. Check out www.readycolorado.com for resources to keep you, your family, and even your pets safe. Below are some links to checklists you can do with your family.
Car seats cannot be accepted at the Colorado State Patrol Office in Fort Collins due to rodent issues. For now, keep those seats in your garage/basement as Safe Kids and partners are working on a “Car Seat Take Back Day”. If you need to get rid of the seat sooner, we recommend cutting the straps and putting the car seat in the trash.
Help us keep kids safe by providing low-cost helmets to families who can’t afford them. Safe Kids, PEDAL, and The Egg & I are teaming Up to raise money to purchase helmets for kids! Helmets will be available for a $10 donation at the Loveland and College Avenue Egg & I locations on Saturday, September 13. You can also make a donation anytime you dine there this entire week.