by admin on March 23, 2017

Do you know where you’re supposed to store your household medicines? You probably know that you should be keeping them up and away and out of sight and reach of young children. But now ask yourself – is that what you’re actually doing?

Safe Kids surveyed 2,000 parents across the country this winter to better understand their knowledge, attitudes and behaviors when it comes to the safe storage of medicine – and the answers were surprising. While 9 in 10 parents agree it’s important to store all medicine up high and out of reach after every use, nearly 7 in 10 report that they aren’t actually doing so.

See more of the survey results and tips for keeping your family safe at www.safekids.org.



2017 California Car Seat Law Changes

by admin on December 29, 2016

Have you heard?  Changes to the California car seat law become enforceable on January 1, 2017.

New Addition:

Starting January 1, 2017, children under 2-years-old must be rear-facing unless they weigh 40 pounds or more, or are 40 inches tall or more.

Current Law:

Children under age 8 must be buckled into a car seat or booster in the back seat.  Children age 8 or older, or who are 4’9” or taller, may use the vehicle seat belt if it fits properly with the lap belt low on the hips, touching the upper thighs, and the shoulder belt crossing the center of the chest. If children are not tall enough for proper belt fit, they must ride in a booster or car seat.  Everyone in the car must be properly buckled up.  For each child under 16 who is not properly secured, parents (if in the car) or drivers can be fined more than $500 and get a point on their driving records.

Most children will outgrow an infant seat before age 1 –

■ The next step is a convertible car seat.

■ Rear-facing is 5 times safer than forward-facing.

■ The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children ride rear-facing to the highest weight or height allowed by the car seat manufacturer.

To make a car seat checkup appointment call our Car Seat Hotline at 916-864-5779.


Fire Escape Plans: Could Your Family Get Out in Two Minutes?

October 7, 2016

Fire drills. You’ve probably done these at work; your kids do these at school. But data shows that we’re more likely to encounter a fire at home than at work or school, yet only about 1 out of 3 adults say they have created AND practiced a home fire escape plan. Why don’t we practice […]

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Don’t Rush to Flush!

August 15, 2016

What is the Right Way to Dispose of Medications? Meds in the Bin, We All Win! We have talked about the dangers of curious kids getting into medications, and the importance of safe storage at home, but what should you do with unused or expired medications?  Flushing them down the toilet can have harmful effects […]

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Heatstroke Risk Rises as Summer Arrives

May 17, 2016

Babies and young kids can sometimes sleep so peacefully that we forget they are even there. It can also be tempting to leave a baby alone in a car while we quickly run into the store. The problem is that leaving a child alone in a car can lead to serious injury or death from […]

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