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Poison Control Centers seeing increase in calls due to e-cigarettes

One call per month to poison control centers about liquid nicotine…four-years later…215 calls per month.  Children are mistaking flavored liquid nicotine for candy and are ingesting it.  Over half of the calls to poison control centers are for children under the age of 5.

E-cigarettes are battery-powered cartridges filled with a nicotine liquid that, when heated, creates an inhalable mist. Little is known about the long-term health effects of the products, which were developed in China and moved into the U.S. market in 2007.

“Some evidence suggests that e-cigarette use may facilitate smoking cessation, but definitive data are lacking,” Dr. Priscilla Callahan-Lyon of the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products wrote in a recent medical journal article.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has an educational page where you can learn more about e-cigarettes.

If you have liquid nicotine in your house, talk to your kids about it and keep it up and out of reach.

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BEEP Where you SLEEP

Does your home have working smoke alarms?  This year’s theme for Fire Prevention Week (October 4-10) is all about having working smoke alarms outside every bedroom.

Do you test your smoke alarms monthly?  Let the test run the full cycle so everyone in the family can hear the sound and know what to do.

How old is your smoke alarm?  The sensors only last 10 years, so if yours are older than that, it’s time to replace them.  Same goes for hard-wired alarms!

Do you have a fire escape plan?  Have the kids get involved in identifying two ways out of the house and picking a safe meeting place.  Then actually PRACTICE it at least 2 times a year.

Want more information on fire safety?  Check out www.nfpa.org 


DID YOU KNOW?  Fire Prevention Week started all because of a cow.  That’s right…a COW!  According to popular legend a cow knocked over a gas lamp, which caught the barn on fire and eventually caught the entire city of Chicago on fire.  Learn more about it by searching for the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.

Beep Where you Sleep

Cycle Safely–FREE Bike Rally


Let’s join Owen S. on his Eagle Scout journey and learn some great safety tips at the Cycle Safely FREE Bike Rally.

WHEN:  Sunday, October 4
                 1:00 p.m.

WHERE:  4-H McKee Building at The Ranch

Why is Owen doing this?…

“This project came to be after I was in a serious bike accident on the Spring Creek Trail. My front tire hit a hole in the pavement and I flew over my handle bars. The doctors at the ER said if I wasn’t wearing my helmet correctly, I would have suffered traumatic brain injury. While admitted in the hospital, I was given a new helmet. I want to make sure hospitals have replacement helmets. I would also like students to walk away with the tools they need to bike safely. My proposal was approved now on to creating a detailed plan.”

“My project has 2 parts. The first is a new helmet collection. WANT TO HELP?? Amazon has some great deals on helmets for all ages. Free shipping if you are Amazon Prime.Let me know through PM if you want to help me out and I will send you the address where you can ship the helmets. Don’t have prime? Want to make a cash donation for helmets? PM me for info on how to do that too. All money collected buys new helmets to benefit Strap and Snap and area hospitals.”

BRING YOUR BIKE AND HELMET! This event is for girls and boys grades 1-5. Each participant will receive a free t-shirt thanks to my amazing sponsors. Open to the first 60 participants. Information taught include a bike and helmet check, basic first aid, rules of the road, and a fun obstacle course.This is a FREE EVENT but registration is required- Message- Parent’s Name Child’s name, age and shirt size to XXXXXXXX

For more information, check out his Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/830243153757371/ or https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cycle-Safely-An-Eagle-Scout-Project/1895086200717002?fref=ts

Thank you to the following sponsors of Owen’s project:

  • LRO Studios
  • Associates in Family Medicine (Dr. Brickl)
  • The Sewing Circle
  • Safeway in Windsor (water!)
  • King Soopers in Weld and Larimer County (gift cards)
  • Alpine Ear, Nose, and Throat
  • Archer Homes
  • Berkshire Hathaway Home Services
  • Crane & Seager Orthodontics

Owen Eagle Scout

Life Jackets Save Lives

In the recent summer months we had a drowning of a 4-year old and a near drowning of a 3-year old.  Luckily for Lali, Angelo Mondragan was in the right place at the right time and she survived with no after-affects.

Now Angelo wants to make sure no one has to go through that experience again.  He has started “Live for Lali”, a fund raiser to collect money for life jackets to create loaner boards as local area lakes and rivers.  Safe Kids is proud to team up with “Live for Lali” for this effort as drowning is preventable.  Along with Safe Kids Larimer County, Mackenzie’s Mission, a 501c3 focused on water safety prevention, is teaming up with Angelo and “Live for Lali” to provide education and life jackets to save lives.

Join us in our mission!  You can donate the following ways:

  1.  “Live for Lali” Go Fund Me page at http://www.gofundme.com/liveforlali
  2. Go to Mackenze’s Missions web site at http://macksmission.org/
  3. Send a check to Safe Kids Larimer County to 1025 Garfield St., Suite A, Fort Collins, CO 80524

All monies raised will support water safety prevention in Larimer County, including purchasing life jackets!

Thank you for your support!

Need to Recycle Your Car Seat

Take your old/expired car seats to the Loveland Recycling Center located at 400 N. Wilson Ave.

You MUST strip the seat of all padding and harnesses or it will be put in the landfill.

The Colorado State Patrol can NO LONGER ACCEPT car seats for recycling.  The state Child Passenger Safety program is working on additional solutions that can be implemented statewide.

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“Safe” Teen Drivers Still Play with Their Phones While Driving

Even Self-Proclaimed ‘Safe’ Teen Drivers Play With Their Phones Behind The Wheel

Posted: 05 Aug 2015 02:15 PM PDT

From: Huffington Post

If you think a 9-to-5 schedule is tough, be glad you’re not a high schooler. Their schedules are packed with activities — sports, community service, yearbook club, AP tests — to help them make it into college, and their smartphones provide an easy way to constantly obsess over whatever their friends are doing.

That sounds like a recipe for 24/7 stress — and a new survey suggests it all could have fatal consequences when teens get behind the wheel.

Students Against Destructive Decisions and Liberty Mutual Insurance on Tuesday released the results of a recent study indicating that an “always-on” lifestyle can lead to dangerous driving habits. The groups report that 52 percent of teens surveyed get less than six hours of sleep every night during the week, though the National Sleep Foundation says they should be getting eight to 10.

Worse, these drowsy drivers are glued to their smartphones: 34 percent of teens in the study said they glance at app notifications when they’re driving, and 88 percent of those who consider themselves “safe” drivers confess to using apps when they’re behind the wheel. (A spokesman for Liberty Mutual told The Huffington Post that a previous version of the study’s press release erroneously stated that 48 percent of surveyed teens look at app notifications when driving.)

Although teens generally favor Facebook and Instagram over Snapchat, 38 percent of surveyed teens reported they use Snapchat when driving. In comparison, 20 percent said they use Instagram; 17 percent Twitter; 12 percent Facebook and 12 percent YouTube. The study did not provide any specific information about how teens use the apps.

Concerned parents should have a talk with their kids about safe driving habits, but not when they’re behind the wheel. Fifty-five percent of the teenagers surveyed say they text when they’re driving because they’re updating their parents, and 19 percent said their parents expect a response to a text message within a minute. That said, 58 percent of the parents surveyed said they don’t expect a rapid reply. So, really: Have a conversation and establish some ground rules, you guys!

In the United States, nine people are killed in accidents involving distracted drivers every day.Technology isn’t always the villain, but needless to say, smartphones and driving certainly shouldn’t mix.

SADD and Liberty Mutual surveyed 1,622 11th and 12th graders across the United States for their study. The groups also surveyed 1,000 parents of high schoolers.

Water Safety Tips



Drowning is the leading cause of injury-related death among children between 1 and 4. On average more than 1,000 children drown each year and more than 5,000 are seen in emergency rooms for injuries from near-drowning incidents.

Studies show that although 90 percent of parents say they supervise their children while swimming, many acknowledge that they engage in other distracting activities at the same time like talking, eating, reading or taking care of another child. Even a near-drowning incident can have lifelong consequences. Kids who survive a near-drowning may have brain damage, and after four to six minutes under water the damage is usually irreversible.

Safe Kids Larimer County recommends the following five tips to keep kids safe in and around water:

  1. Give kids your undivided attention. Actively supervise children in and around water, without distraction.
  2. Use the Water Watcher strategy. When there are several adults present and children are swimming, use the Water Watcher card to designate an adult as the Water Watcher for a certain amount of time (such as 15-minute periods) to prevent lapses in supervision and give parents a chance to read, make phone calls or take a bathroom break.
  3. Teach kids not to swim alone. Whether you’re swimming in a backyard pool or in a lake, teach children to swim with an adult. Older, more experienced swimmers should still swim with a partner every time. From the first time your kids swim, teach children to never go near or in water without an adult present.
  4. Wear life jackets. Always have your children wear a life jacket approved by the U.S. Coast Guard while on boats, around open bodies of water or when participating in water sports. Make sure the life jacket fits snugly. Have the child make a “touchdown” signal by raising both arms straight up; if the life jacket hits the child’s chin or ears, it may be too big or the straps may be too loose.
  5. Learn CPR. We know you have a million things to do, but learning CPR should be at the top of the list. It will give you tremendous peace of mind – and the more peace of mind you have as a parent, the better. Contact the Red Cross at 1-800-Red-Cross or coloradoredcross.org for information about local child and infant CPR classes.
  6. Be extra careful around pool drains. Teach children to never play or swim near drains or suction outlets, which can cause situations where kids can get stuck underwater.

Stay Safe this 4th of July

The 4th of July is a great time to get together with family and friends and celebrate our independence as a country.  One of the time old traditions on this holiday is fireworks.  However, there are laws in each city of the state of Colorado that govern whether or not you can use fireworks.  The City of Loveland, the Town of Windsor, and unincorporated Larimer County all allow fireworks as long as they don’t explode or leave the ground (that means you can light fountains and smoke balls–not bombs).  ALL fireworks are illegal in he City of Fort Collins and the Town of Timnath.  This was also stated by Poudre Fire Authority:

“Fireworks that are sold along Mulberry/I25 are legal as they are outside city limits.  These fireworks  can only be used in Laporte, and parts of Bellvue.  Purchases made at the fireworks stands on Mulberry by citizens are legal, until they cross back in city limits; if they get pulled over they can be fined.”

Want to be safe and still enjoy the festivities?  Go to a professional fireworks display put on by your city or town.  Grab the picnic basket, Frisbee, sunscreen, and bug spray and head out to see the show.  Most start at dusk.



Unrestrained Pets Cause a Distraction to Drivers

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/

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Drowning is Silent: Portable Pools

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.


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