A Parent’s Guide to Child Safety

Usually summer is full of camp, sleepovers and maybe even a vacation. This year it looks quite different. As we continue to try to navigate all of our priorities at once some things may slip through the cracks. Active supervision might be one of these as we have seen a nationwide increase in accidental injuries to children.

Being in the hospital is never where we want to be but it is more important than ever to try to stay safe and healthy to allow our healthcare staff to focus on our truly sick patients. (This does not mean to avoid the hospital or wait longer than normal if you have an emergency! It is absolutely worth going and safe to do so when needed!)

Safe Kids Worldwide recently put out a colorful and easy to follow booklet with proven advice and top tips to help reduce your family’s risk of injuries and to keep kids safe at home, at play and on the road. We know you are busy but taking a few minutes a day to make your home safer over the next few weeks will give you piece of mind and can prevent a future accident from happening. Download the booklet below and take action today!

Basic Bicycle Safety Tips

Family bicycle rides are a great way to keep a physical distance from others while still enjoying the outdoors and getting some exercise! As your family starts bringing their bikes out, here are basic maintenance and safety tips to consider.

Basic bicycle maintenance is a great way to teach your kids about their bikes plus how to take proper care of it. Keeping up with these routine steps will also make it safer and easier to ride.

Before each ride, don’t forget your ABC’s:

  • Air: Check to ensure the tires are properly inflated. The correct pressure is written on the side of the tire.
  • Brakes: Give both brakes a good squeeze to make sure they work properly.
  • Chain: Look at the chain and gears to make sure everything is clean and the chain is lubricated.

Next, EVERYONE needs to put on their helmet. Children start watching us at a very young age – we need to be good role models! Check to make sure your child’s helmet still fits from last year. Helmets should be replaced every 3-5 years. See the steps below to make sure everyone’s helmet fits correctly.

Finally, time to ride! Follow these tips for a fun and safe ride.

  • Act as if you are a vehicle. This includes riding on the same side and going in the same direction as other vehicles. Use a bike lane when possible. Ride single file and watch out for potholes and open car doors.
  • Wear bright colors and use lights and reflectors at night.
  • Use hand signals to be predictable!  

Keep Medications Up and Away

Today’s world is a fast-moving and busy place. Parents often struggle to balance competing demands while working hard to make safe and healthy choices for their families. With more medicines in the home than ever before, parents face increasing challenges to protect their children from accidental medicine poisonings.

Every day, poison control centers get a call almost once a minute because a young child got into medicine and emergency departments see enough children each day to fill roughly four school buses for the same reason.

You wouldn’t rely on only telling toddlers to stay away from pools to protect them from drowning, and it’s the same with medicine. Young children are naturally impulsive, and parents can’t rely on just talking to them about the dangers of medicine.

Here are some steps your family can take to keep young children safe from accidental poisoning:

Store all medicine up and away and out of sight and reach every time.

Safe medicine storage means out of sight and out of reach, not one or the other. To be safe, medicine should be stored out of sight in a cabinet or drawer where children can’t see it and out of reach (at or above counter height).

Keep medicine in its original child-resistant packaging. If you or another family member do choose to use a pill organizer or baggie to help manage taking medicine, make sure you always store it up and away and out of sight and reach.

Practice safe storage of medicine as soon as your first child is born. Babies as young as 3 weeks of age have ended up in the emergency department after getting into medicine left within reach.

Put the Poison Help number – 1-800-222-1222 – into your phone and post it visibly at home.

Instead of keeping medicine handy, use safe reminder tools to help you remember when to take and give doses.

Set an alarm on your watch or cell phone or write a note to yourself and leave it somewhere you look often, like on the refrigerator door. Try combining taking daily medicines with a daily task like brushing your teeth or using a medication schedule card.

Dump those old car seats this Valentine’s Day!

It is that time of year to break up with your old car seats. It isn’t you, it is them – they aren’t safe. You can’t just be friends and pass by them in your garage hoping to rekindle a connection later. Make the promise to dump them once and for all! Below are a couple of options to help you keep this promise.

  1. Recycle them at Colorado State Patrol office (3832 S. I-25, Fort Collins). Bring them Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Car Seats Colorado has provided a storage pod so let’s fill it up! No need to strip the car seats.
  2. Loveland Recycling Center recycles car seats for Loveland residents. Please strip them of all pieces.
  3. Cut the straps and toss them in the trash.

Don’t forget to learn how to use your new car seats! Read the manual and make a free appointment with a certified car seat technician. Find a list of techs in Larimer and Weld County here!

A Resolution for Safety

Happy New Year and new decade! Wow, I cannot believe I am saying that. I enjoy this time of year as it allows me to step back and look at the accomplishments, big and small, over the last year plus all of the joys to come in this year.

Subsequently, my mind often goes wild with all of the New Years resolutions I can make. There are so many options; take up a new hobby, volunteer more, complain less. To a point where it can get overwhelming.

One resolution that is always worth making, and keeping, is protecting my family from accidental injuries. This can also be daunting unless wrapping everyone in bubble wrap is an option.

Safe Kids Worldwide has come up with a solution. It is called My High 5. They know how much safety advice is out there and figuring out what is relevant can be tough. With their My High 5 you are able to pick and choose what is important to you and your family.

Check it out and pick your top 5 safety priorities. Not only will you feel accomplished but also your mind will be set at ease that your family is that much safer. Start the year off right with a committment to safety.

Click the picture below or here to get started!