Upcoming Events

  • Safe Kids Larimer County Meeting January 1, 2015 at 9:00 am – 9:30 am Locations Vary...check web site
  • Car Seat Class January 6, 2015 at 5:00 pm – 6:15 pm Salud Family Health Center, 1635 Blue Spruce Dr, Fort Collins, CO, United States For families in need of a car seat/booster seat for their child . Registration is REQUIRED by calling 970.495.7508. Bring $30 donation to class.
  • Car Seat Class January 20, 2015 at 5:00 pm – 6:15 pm Loveland Fire Station #6, 4325 McWhinney Blvd., Loveland For families in need of a car seat/booster seat for their child . Registration is REQUIRED by calling 970.495.7508. Bring $30 donation to class.
  • Clase de Asiento del Carro January 29, 2015 at 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm El Nidito the Family Center, 309 Hickory Trail, Fort Collins, C O 80524, United States Para familias necisitan un asiento del carro/asiento elevado. Registration a 970.495.7508. $30 donativo.

Year-End Donation Request

Consider Safe Kids this Holiday season when thinking about spreading good cheer.  With your help we can save the life of a child (or children) by providing car seats to families who cannot afford them.  Each family  who attends our classes is asked for a donation to help support our efforts to keep kids safe.  They understand the value in buckling their children up, learning how to properly use the car seat, and contributing toward the safety of their child by attending a 1-hour course.  Many of our class participants are referred by friends, so we know the message is getting out there.

In 2013 we distributed over 500 car seats to families in need at a value of over $29,000.  It is only possible to continue this program with your help!  Donations are needed.  Can you put a price on your child’s life?  Consider donating today at https://pvhandmcr.thankyou4caring.org/ and selecting Safe Kids-Car Seats.

Thank you and happy holidays!

Deck the Halls Safety Video

From the NFPA

Holiday Safety Tips

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Even though we’ve been unseasonably warm in northern Colorado, make sure you are ready for the Winter Freeze and upcoming holiday season.  We’ve recently had two kitchen/cooking fires in Fort Collins that caused quite a bit of damage (but luckily no injuries).  Below are three safety tip sheets put out by the National Fire Protection Association (nfpa.org).  Go over them with your family to ensure everyone enjoys a safe holiday season.

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Look What We’re Up to at UCHealth

Safe Kids Larimer County is led by UCHealth, which means they support us with staffing, computer, office, and phone support (among other things).  Safe Kids is responsible for raising our own operating costs to be able to purchase car seats and bike helmets, provide training and technical resources, etc.  Safe Kids is a part of the Community Health Improvement Department and partners with a number of other programs to keep our community healthy and safe.  Check out the AMAZING work your local health system provides to our community, including Safe Kids Larimer County.

Community Health Improvement 2014 Periodic Report

 

Helpful Holiday Shopping Tips

The holiday season is upon us and I’m sure you’re in the swing of shopping for the kids.  Safe Kids would like to provide a few safety tips to keep in mind when buying toys.
  1. Keep age and cognitive ability in mind.  Just because a toy says it is for an 8+ doesn’t mean it is right for your child.
  2. Consider other children in the house.  Smaller toys (marbles, Mancala, Polly Pockets, etc.) are great for school-age children, but if there are young children around will it pose a choking hazard?  Decide how to keep the toys and kids separated and how to supervise when they are being used.
  3. Are you giving a gift with wheels?  If so, remember the safety equipment…HELMET, HELMET, HELMET!!!  Helmets expire after 3 years and if they are ever involved in a crash (where the head is hit), it needs to be thrown in the trash!
  4. Buy toys that encourage your child to be active, not just video games and books (though those are fun gifts!) and participate with them by at least actively supervising.  A ball, a jump rope, a frisbee, etc. can create many hours of fun for the entire family.
If you would like more tips on toy safety, check out http://www.safekids.org/toy-safety.
Have a happy and SAFE holiday season!

Energy Drinks are BAD for Kids

Do you have energy drinks in your house?  If so, keep them out of reach of the children.  A recent article in Science Daily states that a typical energy drink has 400 mg of pharmaceutical-grade caffeine.  A typical cup of coffee has about 100 mg of caffeine.  Adolescents can be poisoned if they consume over 100 mg of caffeine per day and children under 12 years of age can be poisoned if they consume 2.5 mg per kilogram (2.2 pounds) of body weight.

Poison Control Centers have seen an increase in the number of calls of children and adolescents accidentally consuming too much.  For more information, you can read the article at http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/11/141116094326.htm.

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Thank you WISH

Thank you to WISH (Women Investing in Strategies for Health) for granting Safe Kids Larimer County $5,000 to support our car seat education and distribution program. Safe Kids distributes approximately $25,000 worth of car seats to families who could not otherwise afford them each year. Thank you WISH for helping us fulfill our mission!

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http://pvhandmcr.thankyou4caring.org/wish 

You can help us fulfill our mission as well by donating at https://pvhandmcr.thankyou4caring.org/ and selecting Safe Kids–Car Seats.

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Graco Stroller Recall

If you have a Graco stroller, please take a minute to check the recall and how to fix it.

http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2015/Graco-Recalls-11-Models-of-Strollers/ 

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Kids in the Kitchen

Are your kids going to help you in the kitchen this Thanksgiving?  If so, check out this age-appropriate guide to having them help safely from the National Fire Protection Association.

Kids in the Kitchen

 

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