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 back includes safety tips from Shriners Hospitals for Children Northern California and Safe Kids Greater Sacramento. We know that grandparents are important members of a child’s caregiver team and we want them to give them all of the tools they need to help keep their grandchildren safe.
You can share the postcard with your favorite teachers, day care providers, or any of your colleagues who have waiting rooms where children are coloring. And don’t forget to help your kids send one to the grandparents in your family. We have attached the postcard plus a sample of a completed postcard. The postcard should be printed back-to-back on cardstock if possible.
Grandparents Day Postcard
Sample Completed Postcard
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 their daily routine. Babies and young kids can sometimes sleep so peacefully that we forget they are even there. Young children are particularly at risk, as their bodies heat up three to five times faster than an adult’s. These tragedies are completely preventable. Here’s how we can all work together to keep kids safe from heatstroke.
Heatstroke is the leading cause of non-crash, vehicle-related deaths for children. On average, every 10 days a child dies from heatstroke in a vehicle.
Reduce the number of deaths from heatstroke by remembering to ACT.
A: Avoid heatstroke-related injury and death by never leaving your child alone in a car, not even for a minute. And make sure to keep your car locked when you’re not in it so kids don’t get in on their own.
C: Create reminders by putting something in the back of your car next to your child such as a briefcase, a purse or a cell phone that is needed at your final destination. This is especially important if you’re not following your normal routine.
T: Take action. If you see a child alone in a car, call 911. Emergency personnel want you to call. They are trained to respond to these situations. One call could save a life.