Keep your family safe with working smoke alarms!
Did you know that almost half of home fire deaths are from fires reported between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., when most people are asleep?
Smoke alarms save lives. If there is a fire in your home, smoke spreads fast and you need smoke alarms to give you time to get out. Having a working smoke alarm cuts the chances of dying in a reported fire in half!
Also make sure you have a fire escape plan in place and that family members know it. Here are some tips: Escape Planning Tip Sheet
For more informaiton on preventing fires in your home, visit: http://www.nfpa.org/safety-information/fire-prevention-week
October is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month
Learn the ABCs of safe sleep for babies:
- A – alone: Babies always should sleep alone, without siblings or other people. Nothing should be in the crib, including blankets, bumper pads or toys.
- B – on the back: Babies should sleep on their backs. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, this is the safest position for babies to sleep in.
- C – in a crib: Babies should sleep in a crib or Pack 'n Play.
An unsafe sleep environment for babies means:
- Sleeping in a bed or crib with others (adults and siblings).
- Sleeping on a sofa, recliner chair or soft bedding alone or with others.
- Using crib bumpers, blankets, pillows or toys in the crib.
- Smoking in the house or car.
Back to School Tips
The first day of school is right around the corner. Now is a great time to help your child get back on a healthy and safe plan for school. Following a few tips below will help your child stay healthy and safe during the school year.
- Pack your child's lunch with whole grains, such as whole-grain bread, wraps or pita pockets.
- Provide lean meats, cheese or hummus to make sandwiches.
- Provide several fruits and vegetables, such as carrots, snap peas, cucumbers, fresh fruits that are in season.
- Have your child choose milk in order to get calcium and Vitamin D.
- Variety is the key!
Getting Enough Sleep
- A couple of weeks before the first day of school, slowly begin to have your child go to bed earlier.
- Preschool-age kids need 11 - 12 hours of sleep.
- School-age kids need at least 10 hours of sleep.
- Teens need 9 - 10 hours of sleep.
- Set rules on when electronic devices need to be turned off.
- Make sure your child is up-to-date on his/her shots.
- Remind your child to wash their hands after using the restroom, before they eat and wiping their nose.
- Have them cover their cough and sneezes using their inner arm by their elbow.
School Bus Safety Tips
- Get to the bus stop early. Do not run to the bus.
- Wait until the bus has come to a complete stop before walking toward it.
- If crossing the street, wait for a signal from the bus driver. Look both ways to make sure there is no moving traffic from either direction.
- Always cross in front of the bus so the driver can see you.
- If the bus has lap and shoulder belts, use them.
- Once the bus is in motion, remain in your seat.
- If the window is open, keep your arms and head inside the bus at all times.
- Do not stand up to get off the bus until it has completely stopped.
- Only get off the bus at your assigned spot.
Walking Safety Tips
- Children should only walk to school alone if they are old enough and ready to make the walk safely. Note: Children may not be ready to walk to school without an adult until they are at least 10 years old.
- Younger kids cannot be trusted to make smart traffic choices on their own.
- Plan and practice a safe walking route with your child until she knows it well.
- Use streets with sidewalks, crosswalks and crossing guards. Avoid as many intersections as possible.
- Have children walk with a friend or in a group.
- Talk to your child about what to do if they are approached by a stranger.
Safety Tips for Drivers
- Drivers should be aware of children walking to school or to the bus stop.
- When backing out of the driveway, watch for children.
- On streets without crossing guards, watch out for children trying to cross the street.
- Be careful on streets without sidewalks or streets with on-street parking. It might be hard to notice a child behind a car.
- Be alert. Children may dart into the street without looking.
- Slow down!
Source: Nationwide Children's Hospital & American Public Health Association
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