Modern Hazard – TV Tipovers

by admin on 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. TV Tipovers

Children like to climb and explore and TVs and other tall furniture can tip over and fall on them. Every 3 weeks a child dies from a television tipping over. Over the past 10 years, a child visited the emergency room every 45 minutes because of a TV tipping over. People of all ages in Northern California are also at risk from tip-over injuries in the event of an earthquake, so secure your furniture even if you do not have small children in your family.

  • Assess the stability of the TVs in your home.
  • Mount flat-screen TVs to the wall to prevent them from toppling off stands. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure that you have a secure fit.
  • If you have a large, heavy, old-style cathode ray tube (CRT) TV, place it on a low, stable piece of furniture.
  • If you no longer use your CRT TV, consider recycling it. To find a location to safely and easily recycle unwanted TVs, go to
  •  Use brackets, braces or wall straps to secure unstable or top-heavy furniture to the wall.
  • If you purchased a new TV, make sure to secure your old TV that you have moved to another room.

These tips will help get you started, but if you’re interested in learning more about how to keep your family safe from TV and furniture tip-overs, visit


Give the Gift of Safety

by admin on November 24, 2014

Dear Holiday Shoppers,


What do you buy for the person that has everything? This year, give your loved ones the gift of safety. Instead of another Barbie, or sweaters they’ll never wear, give your family something that could save their life (and give you a little peace of mind).  Coordinator Confession: I am giving several of my family members Disaster Preparedness Supplies this year.  The Napa earthquake showed us that we could do more to prepare for a disaster!

Happy Holidays,

Jennifer Rubin, Safe Kids Greater Sacramento Coalition Coordinator

  • Boost ‘Em Up – California law was updated on January 1, 2012, requiring that children remain in the back seat in their car seat or booster seat until they turn 8-years-old. Safety experts recommend that children stay in a booster seat until seat belts fit them properly with the lap belt down low across their upper thighs and the shoulder belt sitting in the middle of the collar bone. Write down a child’s weight and height before you head to the store and pick up a colorful car seat or booster seat to keep your favorite kids safe on the road. More car seat information.
  • Helmets – Always include a helmet with gift of a bike, scooter, skates or skateboards. Parents should insist that a helmet is worn every time kids ride. Parents should be a good role model by wearing helmets too. More helmet information.
  • Alarms = A Good Night’s Sleep – Your loved ones can rest easy when they are protected by smoke alarms and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms. All battery-powered smoke alarms sold in California now have 10-year batteries. All older smoke alarms still need fresh batteries every year and the alarms should be replaced every 10 years. Place at least one smoke detector on each level of your house – one in each bedroom is best. CO alarms should be installed on every level of your house and outside each sleeping area. More alarm information.
  • Fire Extinguishers – When used properly, a portable fire extinguisher can save lives and property by putting out a small fire or containing it until the fire department arrives. Before using a fire extinguisher make sure you have a clear escape route that will not be blocked by fire, make sure that everyone is leaving the building, and make sure that someone has called 9-1-1. More extinguisher information.

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Celebrate “Walktober” 2014

September 26, 2014

Fall is a beautiful time in the Sacramento area, with a breeze in the air, pumpkins in the fields and leaves crunching under our feet. Now that cooler weather is here, it is time to get out and walk.  On Wednesday, October 1st, Safe Kids Worldwide will launch “Walktober” with new primary research and a national […]

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Free Car Seat Checkup in Folsom on Sept. 20

September 8, 2014

Celebrate National Child Passenger Safety Week 2014 with a Car Seat Checkup at Babies R Us in Folsom Safe Kids Greater Sacramento will honor National Child Passenger Safety Week by hosting a car seat checkup event on Saturday, September 20.  The event will be held in the Babies R Us parking lot at 2785 East […]

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Grandparents Day Postcard

August 15, 2014

A Sweet Safety Reminder We have a wonderful safety craft for you to share, just in time for National Grandparents Day. National Grandparents Day 2014 will be celebrated on Sunday, September 7th. Below you will find a postcard that grandchildren can color and send to their grandparents. The front is the coloring sheet and the […]

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Heatstroke in the News

July 9, 2014

Recent events have created media coverage regarding a child that may have been purposely left in a car, but this can distract us from the larger problem of heatstroke deaths.  Statistics show that many children who die from heatstroke were left in the car by well-meaning parents that were distracted or had a change in […]

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Coalition News – Elections & Bylaws

May 22, 2014

Become a Safe Kids Greater Sacramento Leader! Executive Board Nominations – We are now accepting nominations for our 2014-2016 Executive Board term.  Please see the attached nomination form and scroll down to the second page to see the current list of nominees.  As you can see we have several positions without nominees including Training and […]

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Life Jacket Trade In May 17, 2014

May 9, 2014

California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW) is holding the 15th Annual Life Jacket Trade-In. Events will be held statewide on May 17. One life jacket per family, while supplies last. Safe Kids Greater Sacramento and Radio Disney will be hosting the Trade-In at the Kohls department store at 1896 Arden Way (across […]

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April is Youth Sports Safety Month

April 11, 2014

Did you know that in 2012, 1.35 million children were seen in emergency departments for a sport-related injury? And every 3 minutes, a child is seen for a sport-related concussion. April is National Youth Sports Safety Month so it’s a perfect time to learn a few simple tips to keep young athletes safe so they […]

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March is Poison Prevention Month

March 4, 2014

Let’s face it, sometimes kids get into things that they probably shouldn’t. Here are a few tips to keep little explorers from finding their way into household items that could be dangerous. But just in case, we’ll also show you what to do if your child accidentally ingests something harmful. The Hard Facts Half of […]

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