Safe Kids Larimer County

Upcoming Events

  • La Familia/The Family Center Car Seat Class November 24, 2017 at 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm The Family Center La Familia, 309 Hickory St #5, Fort Collins, CO 80524, USA Call 495.7508 to register. One seat per family per year. $30 donation.
  • Safe Kids Larimer County Meeting December 7, 2017 at 9:00 am – 10:30 am Locations Vary...check web site
  • Fullana Car Seat Class December 9, 2017 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.
  • Safe Kids Coalition Meeting December 14, 2017 at 9:00 am – 10:30 am Locations Vary...check web site Locations Vary...check web site
  • La Familia/The Family Center Car Seat Class December 15, 2017 at 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm The Family Center La Familia, 309 Hickory St #5, Fort Collins, CO 80524, USA Call 495.7508 to register. One seat per family per year. $30 donation.
  • Community Life Center Car Seat Class December 19, 2017 at 5:00 pm – 6:15 pm Community Life Center, e 80537, 1511 E 11th St, Loveland, CO 80537, USA Call 495.7508 to register. One seat per family per year. $30 donation.

Partner Highlight – The Family Center/La Familia

The Family Center/La Familia has been an important partner from the inception of Safe Kids Larimer County. They provide a safe and familiar space for our Spanish Car Seat Classes once a month plus an area for the caregivers’ children to play during the class. This allows the caregiver to focus on the lifesaving information they are being provided during the class.

Their staff are wonderful advocates for our car seat classes and the importance of car seat safety. When necessary, they provide translation to break down the barrier and increase understanding between the car seat technician and the caregiver. Our partnership with The Family Center is invaluable. 25% of our car seat class participants are Spanish-speaking and we would be unable to reach these families in as an effective way without The Family Center’s support.

Since 1995, The Family Center/La Familia, a bilingual organization, has offered high quality early childhood education and family strengthening services. Their primary goal is to strengthen and stabilize working families with children through supportive services such as childcare, parent enrichment programs and after-school tutoring. For more information, visit their website at: https://thefamilycenterfc.org/.

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PEDAL Club’s Annual EGG & I Helmets for Kids Fundraiser Sept. 30th

Every year sadly another child suffers a head injury riding a bike without a helmet.  Brain injuries can take months to years or even a lifetime to heal.  As bicyclists, the PEDAL Club understands the need for helmets on every cyclist.  Since 2013 PEDAL and the Egg & I have been hosting an annual fundraiser to help Safe Kids Larimer County raise money to purchase helmets for kids.  In this past school year, Safe Kids Larimer County reached 3,088 third grade students through the Strap and Snap program in TSD, PSD and WSD. In the 2016 school year, 2,394 third grade students went through the program.   During that time, 508 helmets were fitted and 467 helmets were distributed to students.  This year our goal is to raise $500 for Safe Kids Larimer County so they can continue to educate and protect our children.  There will be booths at the Loveland Egg & I and the Oakridge Egg & I offering helmets for bicyclists and skateboarders for $10.00 each.  All monies collected go to Safe Kids Larimer County.  

You can help by visiting any participating Egg & I Saturday, Sept. 30th by any type of vehicle. The Egg & I’s in Fort Collins and Loveland will be donating 25% of all kids meals sold this weekend to Safe Kids Larimer County.  Those wanting to join the PEDAL Club’s ride can meet us at Centennial Park, 977 W 1st St, Loveland.  The ride will depart from the east side of the park at 8am. The ride is approximately 35 miles.  You can ride with us to one, two or all three Egg & I’s.  For more information you can visit PEDAL’s website at: Pedalclub.org.  Please remember to wear your helmet!EGG&I 2.jpg

September Car Seat Checkup Events

Motor vehicle-related injuries are a leading cause of death for children with 3 children dying and 469 injured EVERY DAY. 

Roughly 70% of families leave the hospital with their newborn improperly harnessed in their car seat and/or with their car seat installed incorrectly. 

September is National Child Passenger Safety Month and Safe Kids Larimer County has partnered with local organizations to hold 2 free Car Seat Checkup Events! Both on September 30th, one in Fort Collins and one in Loveland. Call 970-495-7502 to sign up for your appointment today! See flyers below.

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Partner Highlight – UCHealth

UCHealth is our leading agency and we are so thankful to be apart of such a great system. We are especially thankful this month for the partnership we have with our counterparts at University of Colorado Hospital, the Trauma/Emergency Department at Poudre Valley Hospital (PVH) and UCHealth EMS. Collaboration between these departments allowed us to pilot the Prevent Alcohol and Risk-Related Trauma in Youth (P.A.R.T.Y.) program at PVH with Poudre High School in March.

Throughout the program the students heard from experts in each of those departments where it was obvious the passion and commitment they have for their profession. The passion spilled over into a desire to prevent those students from ever encountering them while on duty. Hearing this made the students more aware of their actions and the ripple effect – where an action does not only affect yourself but others as well.

We truly appreciate everyone’s dedication to treating patients and taking time out of their day to educate on prevention. The P.A.R.T.Y program would not run without their help!

Poudre Valley Hospital is a level III trauma center and opened in 1925. The new Emergency Department opened in February 2017 to accommodate their growing census and provide optimum care to patients and their families. PVH and MCR are apart of the UCHealth System.

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Car Seat Educational Videos – Arabic, English and French

Do you work with families (or are a family!) who speaks Arabic or French? Child Safety Link has uploaded multiple car seat educational videos in Arabic, English and French. Click here for their YouTube channel link. Or view the first video in the series below:

Join us for Get Dumped Day!

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Come out on Sunday, February 12th between Noon and 2 p.m. at Colorado State Patrol (3832 S. I-25) to dump your old car seats!

Around Valentine’s Day our thoughts turn to our loved ones, especially our children. Safe Kids Larimer County urges parents and caregivers to ensure their children are riding as safely as possible by dumping their old, unsafe car seats and boosters.

Car Seats Colorado provides a pod to place recalled, expired and/or crashed car seats. These seats are then taken to be recycled.

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Recycling Pod at CSP

Although we’d love to see you at the awareness event, the pod stays at this location year round and old car seats can be dropped off  Monday – Friday between 8-4:30 p.m.

AAP Updates Safe Sleep Recommendations for Infants

Every year, the nation loses roughly 3,500 babies to sleep-related deaths. 90% of these occur before 6 months of age. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) continue to study and come out with recommendations on the best practices they know of to prevent these deaths. This October, they updated their recommendations to align with what they have seen in recent studies.

There were very few big changes but one that stood out was their emphasis on not sleeping with the infant on a couch or recliner. Many deaths they see are from the children becoming wedged in between cushions where they cannot escape and suffocate. Although bed sharing is still not recommended, it is safer than a couch or recliner. Especially if pillows and blankets are removed.

The ABC’s of Sleep – Alone, Back and Crib Environment are still as pertinent as ever. One update we saw was the recommendation that the infant should sleep in the same room as the parents, as close to the bed as possible, but in their own space meant for an infant. They recommend doing this until at least 6 months but up to a year if possible.

Finally, they continue to encourage no positioning devices since there is no FDA approved device that prevents SIDS, even if it says it is tested. Although it seems cold, there should be no soft objects or loose bedding in the crib/play yard/bassinet when baby is in it. A sleep sack is the safest option.

Here is the list in it’s entirety:

1. Place infants on their back to sleep (supine) for every sleep period until they are 1 year old. This position does not increase the risk of choking and aspiration.
2. Use a firm sleep surface.
3. Breastfeeding is recommended.
4. Infants should sleep in the parents’ room, close to the parents’ bed but on a separate surface designed for infants, ideally for the first year, but at least for the first six months.
5. Keep soft objects and loose bedding out of the infant’s sleep area.
6. Consider offering a pacifier at naptime and bedtime.
7. Avoid smoke exposure during pregnancy and after birth.
8. Avoid alcohol and illicit drug use during pregnancy and after birth.
9. Avoid overheating and head covering in infants.
10. Pregnant women should obtain regular prenatal care.
11. Infants should be immunized according to the recommended schedule.
12. Avoid using commercial devices that are inconsistent with safe sleep recommendations, such as wedges and positioners.
13. Don’t use home cardiorespiratory monitors as a strategy to reduce SIDS risk.
14. Supervised tummy time while the infant is awake can help development and minimize positional plagiocephaly.
15. There is no evidence to recommend swaddling to reduce the risk of SIDS.
16. Health care professionals and staff in newborn nurseries and neonatal intensive care units as well as child care providers should endorse and model recommendations to reduce SIDS risk.
17. Media and manufacturers should follow safe sleep guidelines in messaging and advertising.
18. Continue the Safe to Sleep campaign, focusing on ways to further reduce sleep-related deaths.
19. Research and surveillance should continue on all risk factors.
Found at: http://www.aappublications.org/news/2016/10/24/SIDS102416

Partner Highlight – Berthoud Fire Protection District

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.

We are so thankful for the support and programs Berthoud Fire Protection District offers for their town. For a smaller town, they have a big heart and care deeply about the safety of their community. We received a grant from Safe Kids Worldwide for Home Fire Drill Day and Berthoud Fire took the materials and put on a fun and educational open house for families. Our reach would not travel as far if it was not for their support. Thank you, Berthoud Fire!

‘The Berthoud Fire Protection District is responsible for fire protection, Emergency Medical Services, public fire education, and prevention duties for an area of 98 square miles within Larimer, Boulder, and Weld counties. Their mission statement is “To Serve, To Care, To Support”. 

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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.