Winter is Fire Season?

by admin on October 19, 2015

We have had a tough outdoor fire season in California this summer, and our indoor fire season is just beginning.  Fall and winter bring holidays and gatherings full of joy and fun, as well as increased indoor cooking, decorating and heating.  As you prepare your home for the holidays, make sure fire safety is on your to-do list.

The Hard FactsSILO-FIRE

In 2013, 334 children died in home fires. Eighty-seven percent of all fire-related deaths are due to home fires, which spread rapidly and can leave families as little as two minutes to escape once an alarm sounds. Fires are not just a problem in the United States. In 2008, nearly 61,000 children around the world died due to a fire or burn.

Top Tips

  • Working smoke alarms reduce the chances of dying in a fire by nearly 50 percent. They are a critical first step for staying safe, but in order to be effective, they have to be working properly. For the best protection, install smoke alarms on every level of your home and in every sleeping area.
  • Teach kids never to play with matches and lighters. Make a habit of placing these items up and away from young children.
  • Create and practice a home fire escape plan with two ways out of every room in case of a fire. Get a stopwatch and time how fast your family can escape. The kids will love it. Here’s a handy worksheet to help get you started.
  • Children should know how to respond to the sound of a smoke alarm. Teach them to get low and get out when they hear it. A child who is coached properly ahead of time will have a better chance to be safe. Watch our video to learn more.
  • Use common sense in the kitchen. Limit distractions when cooking and don’t leave a hot oven or stovetop unattended.
  • Blow out candles before you leave the room or before you go to sleep.

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Remembering Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety

by admin on September 11, 2015

Re-blog from The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Center for Injury Research and Prevention by Dr, Patty Huang, MD

A recent outing in Center City Philadelphia with my young child highlighted just how complex and dangerous a seemingly routine task such as crossing a street can be. As my colleague, Flaura Winston, MD, PhD, recently shared in her Healthy Kids blog post, while we often link road safety to vehicle safety, more children sustain injuries as pedestrians and bicyclists than as occupants in motor vehicle crashes. As safety professionals, we should remind parents that as careful as we are with ensuring that our kids are appropriately restrained in vehicles, we also need to be proactive about teaching “defensive” walking and biking.SILO-PED

I sometimes see young children walking along the streets on their own and worry that they may not yet have the higher level skills to be able to scan, anticipate, and respond to the actions of other drivers and cyclists on the road. Consider discussing the following questions with parents when deciding whether or not their kids are ready to manage traffic without supervision:

  • When walking with your children, do they follow rules such as stopping and looking both ways before crossing without parental reminders?
  • Do they independently put aside any distractions such as texting or talking on the phone?
  • Do they behave predictably, such as stepping into the road only at designated crosswalks?
  • Can they recognize a bicyclist’s hand signals?
  • Do they automatically reach for a bike helmet when going out for a ride?
  • When planning a route, do they proactively consider factors such as safe times of day and surroundings (e.g. lighting at night, etc)?

If the answer to any of these questions is “no”, their children may still benefit from active teaching and modeling to learn defensive walking and biking. And then, just as with teen driving, remind parents that practice is key. Start with familiar streets without much traffic, and then slowly introduce them to more complicated environments. For more information on pedestrian safety for teens and pre-teens from NHTSA, click here.


Protecting Kids Around Liquid Laundry Packets

June 24, 2015

New products are introduced into the market for use in the home every day, but how often do we stop and think about what impact these items may have on the safety of our families? Since 2012 when liquid laundry packets began gaining traction in the market, more than 33,000 calls for children 5 and […]

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Thank You AAA and Sacramento Kings!

March 26, 2015

Safe Kids Greater Sacramento Receives AAA Assists Grant for Traffic Safety AAA has partnered with our Sacramento Kings to offer a grant called AAA Assists.  Every time a Kings player was credited with an assist this season, AAA donated $5 to a local charity.  Safe Kids Greater Sacramento was honored to be chosen as the […]

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Modern Hazard – TV Tipovers

January 6, 2015

Did your family buy a new TV for the holidays?  Have you moved your old TV to your child’s room?  Don’t skip the important installation step of securing the TV to the wall or furniture stand.  Children like to climb and explore and TVs and other tall furniture can tip over and fall on them. […]

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