BOSTON (CBS) – Travel organization AAA is warning drivers to restrain their pets on road trips, adding that more than 10 percent of people surveyed admitted to taking pictures of their pet while behind the wheel.
A recent “Consumer Pulse” survey found that while 38 percent of pet owners bring their animals with them on road trips, more than 37 percent admit to never restraining their pets in the car.
“A 10-pound dog in a crash at only 30 mph becomes a 300 pound projectile, while an unrestrained 80-pound dog will exert approximately 2,400 pounds of force,” said Amy Stracke, Executive Director, Auto Club Group Traffic Safety Foundation.
“This poses a serious risk of injury or even death for either your pet or anyone else in its path, reinforcing the importance of restraining your four-legged friend every time they are in the car.”
According to the AAA survey, about 13 percent of pet owners admit to being distracted by their pet while driving.
The most common distraction was drivers petting their animals, with 42 percent admitting to doing so while behind the wheel.
Seventeen percent of drivers admitted to giving food or water to their pet, while 12 percent said they have taken a photograph of their pet while driving.
In order to assure safety of both humans and animals, AAA recommends drivers use restraints for their pets while on the road.
“A restraint will not only limit distractions, but also protect you, your pet and other passengers in the event of a crash or sudden stop,” Stracke said.
For tips on traveling with your pets, visit the AAA website.
Taken from: http://boston.cbslocal.com/2015/06/23/survey-unrestrained-pets-lead-to-distracted-driving/
Taken from http://www.onsafety.cpsc.gov
Does the warm, spring weather have you preparing to set up a portable pool in your yard? No matter what state you live in — even Florida, California, Arizona and Texas, where pool season and drowning risks are year-round — read this blog if you own or are about to buy a portable pool.
Portable pools are affordable, transportable, but can be just as dangerous as any other pool. CPSC has received an average of 35 reports of deaths of children under the age of 5 in portable pools each year. These pools account for 11 percent of all pool drownings for children that age. You can prevent these deaths.
If a portable pool, either large or small, is in your plans or already in your yard, put Pool Safely’s simple steps into play. Whether the pool is a small blow-up pool or a thousands-of-gallons type with rigid sides, portable pools are often left full of water and unsupervised. Just like in-ground pools, portables need barriers and fencing that keep unsupervised children out. Empty and store small portable pools when you are not using them. Cover larger ones.
Here are some general safety tips:
- Fence portable pools and encourage your neighbors to do the same.
- If you can’t fence the pool, use smaller, easier to store portable pools. Then, empty the water ANY time you are not supervising the pool and turn it upside down or store it away.
- NEVER leave a child unsupervised near any pool or spa.
- Cover larger pools and put ladders away when adults are not supervising or using the pool. When you buy the pool cover, ask at the store if it meets the latest standards.
- Install door alarms that will alert you when someone leaves the house and enters the pool or spa area.
- Teach children to swim, float and other life-saving basics. But do NOT consider young children “drown-proof” because they have had swimming lessons.
Simple steps save lives. Find more Pool Safely steps and safety videos at PoolSafely.gov.
According to a study in the Journal of Pediatrics there have been 47 deaths recorded by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) between 2004 and 2008 that occurred in car seats, swings, slings, strollers, and bouncers. Of those, 31 occurred in car seats. The cause was strangulation from the straps or asphyxiation. Why you ask? 1. Children were not properly buckled (harness was loosened or not buckled appropriately) and the child moved in the seat getting caught up in the straps and 2. the car seat was placed on an elevated surface and fell over, causing injury and death to the child.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that these types of devices not be used for sleeping arrangements for the baby. Babies need to be in a safe, FLAT environment (unless otherwise directed by your pediatrician) to reduce the chances of SIDS or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
As you can see from the picture below the parents loosened the harness and moved the harness retainer clip (chest clip) down. The infant can wiggle and move and potentially get caught up in the straps.
WRONG WAY TO HARNESS A BABY!!!
Today Safe Kids Larimer County recognized the multitude of community partners responsible for helping us reach over 50,000 Larimer County residents (and beyond) with safety messages and practical tools and tips to keep kids safe. Through social media alone we reached almost 12,000 people with information on how to transport children safely in the car, how to wear a bike helmet correctly, how to keep kids safe from poisoning, marijuana safety tips (now that it’s legal in CO), winter safety tips, and much, much more. (Do you like us on Facebook??)
A special thank you goes out to our lead agency, UCHealth, for the unwavering support of our prevention efforts. They provide salary for the Injury Prevention Coordinator and a number of community health educators who work with our community agencies and organizations to spread the message.
According to the Colorado Department of Transportation, the child restraint use in Larimer County is in the 90th percentile and the Colorado Kids Survey reports that 85% of children are wearing bike helmets. While 100% is always our goal, these are impressive numbers when you compare them to the state and the nation.
You can see a list of our partner agencies at here and learn more about what they do. Thank you!
There are more and more grandparents involved in the raising of their grandchildren across the country. While grandparents have the best intentions for keeping the kids safe, they may not realize safety recommendations have changed from when their kids were little. Here are a few tips to share with grandparents you know.
- Back to Sleep…this has changed over time, but the AAP recommends babies sleep on their backs with nothing else in the crib. Consider a sleep sack in colder weather versus a blanket that could get wrapped around the baby’s head.
- Buckle Up Every Trip…car seats may not have even been an option when you were little. Show the grandparents how to use your car seat correctly and have them practice. You can also refer them to one of our inspection stations throughout Larimer County for education. Remind them to buckle up as well. Seat belts didn’t become mainstream until the 1970’s!
- Keep Medications Up and Away…if grandparents aren’t used to having little ones around they forget how curious they can be and medicine can look like candy. Encourage medications be kept on a high counter or even better, in a cabinet out of reach.
- Baby Walkers are NOT Safe…it was the standard for everyone to have a walker in the house, but there are too many dangers in them falling down stairs. Use an exersaucer instead.
- Do NOT Prop a Bottle…I know my mom did this…I was the baby of 5 children, so she wanted to use her time wisely. Propped bottles can lead to choking. Feeding time is meant to be actively supervised and shared with an adult.
Have you heard the radio commercials from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment about marijuana? Check it out at http://goodtoknowcolorado.com/. While it is legal in the state of Colorado for those over 21 years of age, it is not meant for children. The brain doesn’t full develop until the mid-20’s and adding any kind of drug (alcohol, marijuana, etc.) can affect the growth and development of the brain. But, as with alcohol and smoking, we cannot turn a blind eye and pretend that children may not experiment with marijuana. Are you prepared to talk to your kids about marijuana?
The Children’s Hospital Colorado has some great resources and tips on how to have a conversation with your children. Visit http://www.childrenscolorado.org/wellness-safety/parent-resources/marijuana-what-parents-need-to-know/talking-to-kids-about-marijuana today.
We never want to think about losing a child to a preventable injury. Let’s talk about it now and do what we can to prevent the unthinkable.
Safe Kids would like to express our gratitude to the Northeast Colorado Regional Emergency Trauma Advisory Council (NCRETAC) for a $10,000 funding award to support our car seat education and distribution program in Larimer County. This funding will allow us to continue our mission of educating parents how to properly travel with their children and provide car seats to families in financial need. We value the NCRETAC’s partnership in injury prevention. To learn more about what the NCRETAC does, check out their web site at www.ncretac.org.
Using a rear-facing car seat until a child is age two reduces risk of serious injury, but close to one-quarter of parents report they turned the seat around before their child was even one year old, according to a new University of Michigan study.
In March 2011, the American Academy of Pediatrics updated its guidelines for child passenger safety, extending the recommendation for rear-facing car seat use from one year of age and 20 pounds in weight to a minimum of two years of age or until a child has outgrown the weight/height limits of their rear-facing seat.
The U-M researchers asked parents about when they transitioned their child to a forward-facing seat in two national surveys – one in 2011, one month after the new guidelines were published and again in 2013.
The research was conducted as part of the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health.
In 2011, 33% of parents of 1-to 4-year-old children who had been turned to face forward had done so at or before 12 months. Just 16% reported turning their child’s seat at 2 years or older.
But in 2013, 24% of parents of 1- to 4-year-old children who had been turned to face forward made the switch at or before 12 months. Only 23% reported waiting to turn until the child was 2 years old or older.
“So we’ve seen some improvement, with a higher proportion of parents reporting that they are waiting longer to make the switch to a forward-facing car seat. However, almost one-quarter of parents are turning their children before their first birthday,” says lead author Michelle L. Macy, M.D., M.S., of the University of Michigan’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. “And few parents report waiting until that second birthday to make the turn.”
“Getting parents to delay the transition to a forward-facing seat still represents an opportunity to improve passenger safety in the U.S.,” says Macy, who is an assistant professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine and a member of the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation.
Motor-vehicle collisions remain a leading cause of death among children younger than 4 years and the leading cause of death among older children in the United States, in part because child passengers continue to be unrestrained, and 20 percent of 1- to 3-year-olds and nearly half of 4- to 7-year-olds do not use the recommended restraint for their age.
This study is the first national assessment of the age at which parents report making the transition from rear-facing to forward-facing car seats.
“There are lots of reasons why parents are eager to change from the rear-facing to forward-facing seat: the perception their children are too large, the desire to see their children when driving, and a greater ease of removing their children from a forward facing seat,” says Macy, who also is a member of the U-M Injury Center. “But delaying the switch can make a big difference. In Sweden it is culturally accepted that children up to age 4 are in rear-facing seats and child traffic fatalities are among the lowest in the world.”
In the surveys, parents indicated car seat packaging and clinicians were the most common sources of information about when to start using a forward-facing car seat.
“We hope this research further encourages clinicians to spend time with their patients talking about the benefits of extending the use of a rear-facing car seat. It will be the kids that benefit, if their parents get the right information about how to use restraints and when to make transitions,” says Macy.