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Summer Heat – Never Leave Kids Unattended in a Car

While a parent might think, “It will never happen to my child,” sadly about 45 kids die every year from being left in hot cars.  The majority of these cases are due to a parent forgetting the child is in the car or the child playing in the car unbeknownst to the caregiver.  As the summer months are upon us, it’s even more important to remember to never leave a child unattended in a car, even for a moment.The General Motors Foundation, a longtime partner of Safe Kids, http://www.safekids.org/safety-basics/safety-guide/kids-in-and-around-cars/never-leave-your-child-alone.html  has teamed up for the Never Leave Your Child Alone in a Car program.

Through the Safe Kids USA network of 600 coalitions and chapters, the “Never Leave Your Child Alone in a Car” program will unite and mobilize police and fire, hospitals, government agencies, child care centers, businesses and others to share with parents and other caregivers prevention messages to address the dangers to children in vehicles.

The program will include an advertising campaign of billboards, print ads, web banners and radio announcements as well as tip sheets. The materials will be available in both English and Spanish.

Here’s what parents and caregivers need to know and why:

  • Lock cars and trucks. Thirty percent of the recorded heat stroke deaths in the U.S. occur because a child was playing in an unattended vehicle. These deaths can be prevented by simply locking the vehicle doors to help assure that kids don’t enter the vehicles and become trapped.
  • Create reminders. Many child heat stroke deaths occur because parents and caregivers become distracted and exit their vehicle without their child. To help prevent these tragedies parents can:
  • Place a cell phone, PDA, purse, briefcase, gym bag or something that is needed at your next stop on the floor in front of a child in a backseat. This will help you see your child when you open the rear door and reach for your belongings.
  • Set the alarm on your cell phone/smartphone as a reminder to you to drop your child off at day care.
  • Set your computer calendar program to ask, “Did you drop off at daycare today?” Establish a plan with your daycare that if your child fails to arrive within an agreed upon time that you will be called within a few minutes. Be especially mindful of your child if you change your routine for daycare.
  • Dial 911 immediately if you see an unattended child in a car. EMS professionals are trained to determine if a child is in trouble. The body temperature of children rises 3 – 5 times faster than adults, and as a result, children are much more vulnerable to heat stroke. Check vehicles and trunks FIRST if a child is missing.

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Tips For A Safe 4th of July

It’s still a few days before the 4th of July but my entire family is already getting excited about the holiday!  We live in a typical small town that has a 5K Run in the morning followed by a town barbeque, live music and of course fireworks.  Unfortunately two of my children are still small enough that the fireworks scare them but my 10-year old can’t wait!  Last year he was at a friend’s home and came close to getting burned by a sparkler so I wanted to share some safety tips to help ensure everyone has a fun and safe holiday!

Fireworks safety:

  •  Don’t allow any child under 12 years of age to handle sparklers or fireworks
  • Establish a “do not cross” line to keep kids away from the area you are lighting fireworks
  • Make sure to keep a fire extinguisher and a bucket of water nearby along with a cordless phone
  • Dont’ try to relight a “dud” firework.  Wait 20 minutes and then immerse in water

Barbeque safety:

  • Keep the area around the barbeque free of any objects that a child can trip over
  • Don’t leave sharp knives or other utensils hanging from the grill
  • Never leave a lit grill unattended
  • As soon as you’re done, shut the propane tank and replace the cover

Party safety:

  •  If you’re serving drinks such as margaritas or other mixed drinks be sure that you constantly scan the area for half-filled drinks which kids could mistake for punch
  • Establish with your partner who is in charge of watching the kids at any time and be sure that person is not drinking
  • If your children will be on riding toys, including skateboards and Razr Scooters, bring along the proper safety gear
  • If you are visiting a friend’s home with a pool be extra vigilant in watching your children

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Twitter Party Every Expectant Mother Should Attend – Cord Blood Banking – Insurance for the Future

Did you know that over the past 20 years, through more than 20,000 transplants, cord blood stem cells have been proven effective in treating many life-threatening diseases, such as leukemia and other cancers and blood and immune disorders?  And, tremendous progress is being made in the research of using cord blood in exciting new areas like brain injury.

Many OB/GYNs tell patients that there is no need to bank cord blood if there is no history of a hereditary disease in the family – WRONG! Learn the real facts!

When: Thursday May 26th, 2011 from 9pm – 10pm EST

Where: On Twitter! Follow Me @safetymom and #CordBlood411

Why attend?  Learn possible life saving information for your baby.  Great prize giveaways including my new book “Honey, I Lost the Baby in the Produce Aisle, The Safety Mom’s Guide to Childproofing your Life” for all that RSVP and participate in the conversation.

RSVP – To be entered to win a prize, simply RSVP by posting a comment below including your Twitter handle.  We will pick the names of the winner(s) by using Random Number Generators against the confirmed list of RSVPs.  If your number is chosen and you post a comment during the party, you win!

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Backyard Safety Tips

Now that schools are letting out soon, kids are going to be playing in the backyard more than ever. So, now is a great time to look around your backyard and make sure it is safe. My babyproofing company, Safety Mom Solutions includes a review of the backyard area as part of the home consultation. However, for those of you that are past the stage that you need to a professional babyproofer, or are a do-it yourselfer, below are great tips to help keep everyone safe.

• The plastic and metal on slides and swings can get extremely hot in high temperatures causing serious burns. It is the same rule as with bath water, test it! If the play area is not in a shady area, look into installing a shade covering.
• As part of your spring lawn clean-up be sure have your trees checked. Rotting or dead trees can fall and cause serious injury. Especially make sure any trees that are close to the swing set are healthy and pruned.
• Clear the area of large sticks as kids love to play with them and can hurt others or themselves.
• Be sure everyone, including your pets stay off the lawn following lawn treatments, for the time period recommended by the manufacturer. Read the labels and safety warnings.
• Children need to be dressed properly. No flip-flops or open toed shoes when climbing or swinging. And, never let them wear loose clothing or anything with drawstrings that could get caught in the equipment resulting in strangulation.
• Make sure that there is still 6 to 9 inches of wood chips or other protection underneath the playground equipment. If not, call your local tree company, many times they are willing to give chips away if you pick them up. Also, check all connections and bolts to make sure nothing came loose.
• Check your fence to see if any damage has occurred during the winter. Be sure to fix areas that can be an escape route and make sure the locks still work properly.
• Keep all yard tools and lawn materials, like fertilizer and seed in a shed with a lock.
• Make sure your grill is not too close to the house. According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission, the grill should be at least 10 feet away from the house.
• Bees love to make hives in wooden play sets and in outside lamp fixtures. Check these areas frequently. If you find a hive, call a professional!
• Check your pool fence and make sure it has a child proof lock. Door alarms that chime when someone has left the house are a great layer of additional safety. There are also pool motion detectors that will alert you when someone or thing falls in the pool. Make sure the drain suction is working properly and has a cover that is up to code. Also, make sure that the pool treatments are done correctly, too much chlorine can cause skin irritations, eye irritation, and both short and longer-term respiratory problems.

Have a safe and fun summer!
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National Cyber Safety Awareness Day

Today is National Cyber Safety Awareness Day. A few years ago, this day would be unheard of but unfotunately, cyber-bullying has become one of the greatest dangers effecting our kids. And, it’s not just teens. One of the largest growing poplulations on the Internet is 2 – 4 year olds. As our young children gain more exposure online, the threats also will increase.

According to social media monitoring company,TrueCare, cyber bullying affects nearly 1 out of 2 children in America today. To help combat this epidemic, TrueCare offers parents an online monitoring service that will alert a parent to inappropriate content or harassment that is occuring. Sadly, bullying is not the only issue. It is estimated that over 5,000,000 predators surf the Internet and 77% of the targets for these predators were age 14 or older. Another 22% were users ages 10-13.

Whether it’s limited understanding of what kids are doing online or the denial of how serious the problem is, many parents have no idea what’s going on in their child’s life online. According to TrueCare, over 81% of parents don’t monitor their child’s online activities. Our kids are living online and if we are going to protect them we need to be there as well. According to I-Safe.org 58% of kids either bullied or harassed online have not told their parents. This unnerving statistic drives home the importance of our role as parents and caregivers to be pro-active, talk to our children and take note of changes in their activities and personality.

Let’s all take a stand and say NO to cyber bullying. Don’t let your child become another victim in this new reality.

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Cord Blood Banking – Insurance for the Future; What Every Parent Must Know

You have all the information on how to decorate the nursery.

You have read all the information and reviews on what gear to buy.

What info has your OB/GYN provided you regarding banking your baby’s cord blood?

Many OB/GYNs will tell their patients that unless there is a hereditary disease in the family, it is not necessary to bank their baby’s cord blood.

But, did you know that over the past 20 years, through more than 20,000 transplants, cord blood stem cells have been proven effective in treating many diseases. In fact, cord blood stem cells have been used to treat many life-threatening diseases, such as leukemia and other cancers and blood and immune disorders. And, tremendous progress is being made in the research of using cord blood in exciting new areas like brain injury.

Join us for this very important twitter party to discuss the benefits of cord blood banking.

When: Thursday, May 26th 9 – 10pm ET
Hosted by: @safetymom
Hashtag: #CordBlood411
Great information & prizes!

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CPSC’s Pool Safety Campaign Needs Include Child Safety Tips for Securing Windows and Doors

According to a recent report, there have already been 37 drowning and 38 near-drowning incidents across the country this year. The Consumer Product Safety Commission is kicking off its Pool Safely: Simple Steps Save Lives campaign, which highlights various water safety tips. One of the most important tips is to never let your child out of your sight when they are near water. But in order to do this, you first need to make sure that the windows and doors in your home are secured to prevent your child from wandering outside without your knowledge.

Many parents underestimate their child’s ability to “escape” from the home silently and quickly. My childproofing company, Safety Mom Solutions Babyproofing, works with clients to create safe zones in the home. These are secured areas where your child will always be in your line of sight. Parents of autistic children should be particularly vigilant in monitoring windows and doors and they tend to wander and be attracted to water – a potentially deadly combination.

Here are a few things to consider:

• Install an automatic door closer and second lock on any doors leading outside.
• Install window stops, window guards or window wedges on all windows to prevent them from being opened more than 4″ from the bottom.
• Install a slider door lock on any patio door leading out to a pool or hot tub.
• Consider installing sensors on all windows and doors so you will be alerted when one is opened.
• Don’t forget about “doggy doors.” An average size 3 year-old can crawl through a standard size doggy door.

Safety Mom Solutions Babyproofing provides home safety consultations and will install the safest child safety products available. We service Fairfield, CT, Westchester, NY, New York City and Long Island.

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