April is Youth Sports Safety Month

by admin on 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 can keep playing the games they love.

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Here are 5 tips for coaches, parents and kids.

  • Before playing organized sports, make sure young athletes receive a pre-participation physical exam, or PPE, by a doctor. This can help rule out any potential medical conditions that may place kids at risk.
  • Bring a water bottle to practice and games. Encourage children to stay well hydrated by drinking plenty of water before, during and after play.
  • Stretching before practice and games can make a big difference by releasing muscle tension and helping prevent sports-related injuries, such as muscle tears or sprains. Make sure there is time set aside before every practice and game for athletes to warm up properly.
  • An off-season is important, too. It is recommended that kids get 10 consecutive weeks of rest from any one sport every year. Playing different sports throughout the year is OK.
  • Coaches should be certified in first aid and CPR, learn the signs and symptoms of a concussion and help avoid overuse injury by resting players during practices and games.

More Information

Want more?  Watch this video to learn 7 exercises to prevent ACL injuries.  Visit Safe Kids Worldwide for more sports safety resources.

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March is Poison Prevention Month

by admin on March 4, 2014

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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 the 2.4 million calls to Poison Help Number in 2010 involved children ages 5 and under. In fact, 9 out of 10 poisonings occur at home.

Top Tips

  • Store all household products out of children’s sight and reach. Young kids are often eye-level with items under the kitchen and bathroom sinks. So any bleach, detergents, dishwasher liquid or cleaning solutions that are kept there should find a new storage location.
  • Store poisonous items out of reach or use safety locks on cabinets within reach. These items also include detergent pods for the laundry and dishwasher. It only takes a few minutes, and it gives you one less thing to worry about.
  • Read product labels to find out what can be hazardous to kids. Dangerous household items include makeup, personal care products, plants, pesticides, lead, art supplies, alcohol and carbon monoxide.
  • Make sure that all medications, including vitamins and adult medicines, are stored out of reach and out of sight or children.
  • Put the toll-free number Poison Help Number (1-800-222-1222) into your home and cell phones. You should also post it near your phone or on your refrigerator for the babysitter. Hopefully you’ll never need it, but it’s nice to have just in case.
  • Check for lead-based paint. Remove any peeling paint or chewable surfaces painted with lead-based paint.

See more at: http://www.safekids.org/poisonsafety and http://www.calpoison.org/.

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TV & Furniture Tip-overs

January 17, 2014

Buying a new TV for the big game? Secure your new TV so a fun family purchase doesn’t become a hazard. 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 […]

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At Play on the Holiday: Toy Safety Tips

December 10, 2013

The holidays are coming, and with them a long list of shopping To Do’s. it is important to keep in mind that some toys for children can be harmful or unsafe.  In 2010, an estimated 181,500 children were treated in emergency rooms for toy-related injuries. Here are some safety tips to keep in mind when […]

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Walk to School Day Celebration at Camellia Basic Elementary

October 11, 2013

Safe Kids Greater Sacramento participated in International Walk to School Day on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 by hosting an event at Camellia Basic Elementary.  Safe Kids Walk to School Day activities are sponsored by FedEx.  FedEx employee volunteers attended the event to show off their trucks and hand out reflective bracelets to students.  Safe Kids […]

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Buckle Up: Every Ride, Every Time

September 24, 2013

Safe Kids Worldwide and the General Motors Foundation released a new study during National Child Passenger Safety Week (September 15-21) that reports 1 in 4 parents surveyed admitted to not buckling up their children on every ride.  Groups that reported doing this more often were educated, affluent and young parents.  Parents know buckling up is […]

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How Does a Teen Cross the Road? – New Research

August 29, 2013

Safe Kids Worldwide, with the support of FedEx, recently released a new research report, “Teens and Distraction: An In-Depth Look at Teens’ Walking Behaviors,” an observational study that tracked a remarkable 34,000 middle- and high-school students crossing the street in a school zone.  A shocking 1 in 5 high school students and 1 in 8 […]

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Advocates Urge Lawmakers to Support Safe Routes to School

August 22, 2013

The National Safe Routes to School Conference was held in Sacramento August 13-15, 2013.  Following the conference advocates, including representatives from Safe Kids Greater Sacramento, visited the California legislature to urge lawmakers to support dedicated funding for Safe Routes to School.  Walking and biking advocates came from many different disciplines and learned about the variety […]

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Safe Kids Distributes Booster Seats at Childspree event in Elk Grove

August 5, 2013

Safe Kids Greater Sacramento participated in the Elk Grove Unified School District Childspree event on July 27, 2013.   Kohl’s department store of Elk Grove opened their doors early for a private shopping event for 100 children identified by school personnel as needing clothes for school.  Each of these students was given $100 by the Elk […]

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Safe Kids Day Celebration in Sacramento

April 18, 2013

Safe Kids Greater Sacramento celebrates Safe Kids Day with Water Safety Day in Discovery Park on May 19, 2013 Safe Kids Greater Sacramento will join Safe Kids California, the California Department of Boating and Waterways and the Coast Guard Auxiliary for a water safety event in Discovery Park on Sunday, May 19th from 10:00 am […]

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