Safe Kids Larimer County

Upcoming Events

  • Safe Kids Meeting December 8, 2016 at 9:00 am – 10:30 am City of Fort Collins Police Department, 2221 S Timberline Rd, Fort Collins, CO 80525, USA
  • Fullana Car Seat Class December 10, 2016 at 9:00 am – 10:00 am Fullana Learning Center, 220 N Grant Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80521, USA Call 495.7508 to register. One seat per family per year. $30 donation.
  • Loveland Car Seat Class December 20, 2016 Loveland Fire Station 6, 4325 McWhinney Blvd, Loveland, CO 80538, USA Call 495.7508 to register. One seat per family per year. $30 donation.
  • Salud Car Seat Class January 3, 2017 at 5:00 pm – 6:15 pm Salud Family Health Centers, 1635 Blue Spruce Dr, Fort Collins, CO 80524, USA Call 495.7508 to register. One seat per family per year. $30 donation.

Partner Highlight – Loveland Police Department

Safe Kids Larimer County has been in existence since 1998, first led by the Larimer County Health Department and led by UCHealth since 2002.  We work closely with a number of community businesses, agencies, and organizations to expand our reach to reduce accidental injury to children birth to 19 years of age.

The month of November is a great time to sit back and take note of what you are thankful for. This month, Safe Kids is thankful for the partnership we have with the Loveland Police Department. Their programs model a department who cares for the safety and wellbeing of their community.

Our collaboration with them at the Loveland Museum Halloween Family Fun Festival is always a blast handing out roughly 800 reflective bags for the children to use trick or treating. There is also their generous senior volunteers who worked with us and Alexa’s Hugs during a busy Car Seat Inspection Event in August. We also cannot love on the Santa Cops program enough! Thank you, Loveland PD, for your commitment to your community.

‘The mission of the Loveland Police Department is to provide an enhanced level of safety in our city, protect the rights guaranteed to all people by the constitution, and improve the quality of life of each person.’

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Safe Kids Partner Highlight – PEDAL Club and The Egg & I

Safe Kids Larimer County has been in existence since 1998, first led by the Larimer County Health Department and led by UCHealth since 2002.  We work closely with a number of community businesses, agencies, and organizations to expand our reach to reduce accidental injury to children birth to 19 years of age.

This month, we would like to thank the PEDAL Club and the Egg & I for their support of our bicycle helmet program. The PEDAL Club recently biked to the 4 different Egg & I restaurants in Loveland and Fort Collins to raise money for us to buy additional helmets. The Egg & I also donated 25% of kid’s meals purchased that day to Safe Kids. Together, they raised over $350 which equates to more than 35 helmets we can buy and distribute to children in our community.

The PEDAL Club also works hard to educate the community through programs and presentations on bicycle laws and the importance of helmet use. Their passion for bicycling can be seen on the streets of Loveland and in their presentations to the community.

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About our partners:

The PEDAL Club, or People’s Efforts to De-emphasize Automobiles in Loveland, was founded in 1970 by Joe Brockstein, Jim Disney, Art Minnick and Darrel Smith. They provide organized bicycle rides, do educational presentations and work with the city to create safe and practical bicycle infrastructure.

The Egg & I restaurant was born in Fort Collins in 1987 by Rayno and Patty Seaser. There are now 92 restaurants throughout the country.

Safe Kids Partner Highlight – CSU Police Department

Safe Kids Larimer County has been in existence since 1998, first led by the Larimer County Health Department and led by UCHealth since 2002.  We work closely with a number of community businesses, agencies, and organizations to expand our reach to reduce accidental injury to children birth to 19 years of age.

This month, we would like to thank the Colorado State University Police Department. Since Safe Kids has increased the ages we work with from 14 to 19 years of age, CSU PD has been a great partner to collaborate with.  In August, we worked closely with them and the CSU alternative transportations department to put 250 bicycle helmets on the heads of incoming freshman.

Their commitment to keeping their students safe from injury is incredible to watch.From educational activities to providing the students with the helmets at no cost, the campus is a safer place because of the police department and alternative transportation. We appreciate their support and hard work!

The Colorado State University Police Department’s mission is: ‘To promote a safe and secure community while providing proactive police services through education, outreach and response.’

Safe Kids Partner Highlight – Colorado State Patrol

Safe Kids Larimer County has been in existence since 1998, first led by the Larimer County Health Department and led by UCHealth since 2002.  We work closely with a number of community businesses, agencies, and organizations to expand our reach to reduce accidental injury to children birth to 19 years of age.

This month, we would like to thank the Colorado State Patrol for all they do to help Safe Kids Larimer County. Not only is one of their own on our Board, but they are one of our permanent car seat inspection stations, allow us to store our car seats for classes AND have taken on the car seat recycling program for the state.

Many of our programs would not run as smoothly as they do if it wasn’t for the time and space they donate to Safe Kids. We appreciate their partnership and support as we educate and empower children and families with injury prevention awareness.

The Colorado State Patrol was founded in 1935 and their mission is: ‘To ensure a safe and secure environment for all persons by utilizing the strengths of our members to provide professional law enforcement services that reflect our core values of Honor, Duty and Respect.’

Safe Kids Partner Highlight–Alexa’s Hugs

Safe Kids Larimer County has been in existence since 1998, first led by the Larimer County Health Department and led by UCHealth since 2002.  We work closely with a number of community businesses, agencies, and organizations to expand our reach to reduce accidental injury to children birth to 19 years of age.  For years Safe Kids’ focus was through age 14 and was primarily targeting child passenger safety.  We have expanded to include teen drivers and would like to highlight an organization who is helping us accomplish our mission of reaching the teens with safety messages: Alexa’s Hugs

Alexa’s Hugs began from a tragedy in 2013 when a beautiful, vibrant, and loving 19 year-old, Alexa,  lost her life due to fatigue, distraction, speed, weather, and not buckling up.  Her parents, Tad and Jona Johnson decided to turn their grief and the tragedy they faced into something positive.  They did not want another family to experience what they went through and started Alexa’s Hugs, a non-profit dedicated to educating teens to make good choices and provide positive encouragement for seat belt use, among other teen driving issues.

Alexa’s Hugs and Safe Kids joined forces, with the help of UCHealth, to obtain a 3-year Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) grant to engage high schools in seat belt challenges and messaging.  In our first year working together (Alexa’s Hugs had been in the high schools for 2 years prior) we were able to work with ten (10) schools in six school districts to assist them in developing their own safety campaigns.  Pre- and post-seat belt observations were done by Alexa’s Hugs and volunteers where we saw an 11.5% increase in seat belt use!  A little positive messaging and encouragement from peers goes a long way!

For more information on the results of the high school challenge, visit http://www.alexahugs.com/schools/2015-2016-seat-belt-challenge/.

We are proud to partner with Alexa’s Hugs to address teen driving injuries and fatalities and we look forward to this year’s challenge.

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Kids in Hot Cars Don’t Mix

As I write this there have been 9 childhood deaths related to being left in a hot vehicle.  It doesn’t even have to be that hot outside for the inside of the vehicle to heat up quickly.  To help prevent heat-related deaths remember to ACT:

A: Avoid heatstroke-related injury and death by never leaving your child alone in a car, not even for a minute. And make sure to keep your car locked when you’re not in it so kids don’t get in on their own.

C: Create reminders by putting something in the back of your car next to your child such as a briefcase, a purse or a cell phone that is needed at your final destination. This is especially important if you’re not following your normal routine.

T: Take action. If you see a child alone in a car, call 911. Emergency personnel want you to call. They are trained to respond to these situations. One call could save a life.

Kiddie Pools Pose Drowning Hazard

A child can drown in as little at 2″ of water.  Children cannot determine the depth of the water in a pool to determine if it is over their head.  An infant’s head is 1/4 of the entire body size and weighs more than the rest of the body, so they are top heavy and once they tip over (into water for example) they have a hard time getting back up

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Studies show that 10% of pool-related deaths in children (under the age of 5 years) happen in “kiddy pools”.

Active supervision is key.  Don’t get distracted by the cookies in the oven, the book you’re reading, or the phone.  Drowning can be very silent and you won’t know it’s happening unless your eyes are on the child. Empty pools at the end of the day so they are not a temptation.  Learn CPR, just in case and sign those little ones up for swim lessons.  The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends swim lessons for children over the age of 4, but safe exposure to water younger than 4 is a good idea.

8 deaths to children due to Heatstroke

Their body temperature rises faster than ours and the temperature in a car rises quickly, even on a semi-cloudy day.  Remember to check the back seat.  We all get busy and distracted.

Essential Oils are Poisonous

More Children Accidently Poisoned by ‘Essential Oils’

Tennessee poison center reports doubling of dangerous exposures since 2011, mostly in kids

By Randy Dotinga

Friday, May 13, 2016

HealthDay news imageFRIDAY, May 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Children are increasingly at risk from essential oils that are often used in natural remedies, a Tennessee poison center reports.

Between 2011 and 2015, reports of toxic exposures to these oils — such as tea tree oil — doubled, the center said. Even more alarming, four out of every five cases were in children.

The oils, which are derived from plants and used in aromatic and homeopathic products, can cause harm when consumed. And children face a heightened risk from exposure, the experts said.

“The rule of thumb in toxicology is ‘the dose makes the poison,’ so all essential oils are potentially harmful,” said Dr. Justin Loden, a certified specialist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Tennessee Poison Center.

“In children, poisoning typically occurs when they try to swallow the oil, but choke so that a little of it goes into the lungs, which causes pneumonia; it only takes less than half a teaspoonful to do that. This hazard applies to every essential oil,” Loden said in a university news release.

Children have also been poisoned by excessive or inappropriate application of essential oils to the skin, he added.

The oils, which have become increasingly popular in recent years, can be used in a variety of ways. These include diffusing them into the air by using a vaporizer or rubbing them on the skin, Loden explained.

But kids can be harmed by excessive application of these oils, because their skin is thinner and can absorb dangerous amounts. Children may also try to swallow the oils, which often have a pleasant smell, but then they choke due to the bitter taste and send the oil down into their airways and their lungs, Loden said.

Highly toxic essential oils include camphor, clove, lavender, eucalyptus, thyme, tea tree, and wintergreen oils, the researchers noted. Many essential oils can cause symptoms such as agitation, hallucinations and seizures. Symptoms may also include chemical burns, breathing problems, liver failure and brain swelling, among others.

While there are hundreds of essential oils, “tea tree oil is commonly cited, and most of those cases are accidental ingestions by children,” Loden said.

To keep kids and pets safe, Loden recommends storing essential oils properly — locked and out of reach. Follow instructions regarding their use, and seek help by calling Poison Control (1-800-222-1222 in the United States) in an emergency, he advised.

SOURCE: Vanderbilt University Medical Center, news release, May 10, 2016

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Graco Turbobooster Recall

NHTSA Campaign ID Number :   16C004

 

Synopsis :            Graco Children’s Products Inc. (Graco) is recalling certain Graco TurboBooster booster seats, models 1967886, 1963973, 1963974, 1963975, 1963976, and 1975173, manufactured between December 22, 2015, and April 5, 2016. The instructions for the booster seats are missing the information that the seats should be securely belted to the vehicle at all times, even if the seat is unoccupied. As such, these seats fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 213, “Child Restraint Systems.” In the event of a vehicle crash, an unoccupied and unsecured child restraint may strike other occupants and cause injury. Graco will notify registered owners and provide the missing printed instructions, free of charge. Non-registered owners can obtain the missing printed instructions by contacting Graco customer service at 1-800-345-4109. The recall is expected to begin on, or about, June 10, 2016.

 

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