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Family Safety Questions
What are the latest guidelines for children and car seats?
All children under age 13 are advised to ride in the back seat. Children from 40 to 80 pounds and up to 100 pounds need to use a booster seat correctly in the back seat on each car ride. Toddlers older than age 1 and weighing more than 20 pounds can use a forward-facing car seat, again in the back seat, every time the toddler rides in the car. Infants from birth to at least age 1 and 20 lbs. need to use a rear-facing car seat properly placed in the back seat of the vehicle each time a baby rides. Since your baby is weighed every time you visit your pediatrician or family doctor, keeping track of your baby’s weight will help you select and use the right car seat for your baby’s height and weight.
A child is too big for a booster seat when their shoulders are above the top slots, the tops of the ears are above the back of the seat or the weight limit is exceeded. Then you will need to graduate the child to a taller car seat or booster seat. Many children will outgrow the harness of a forward-facing car seat at age 4 or 5.
How should an infant lie for sleeping?
In 1992, the American Academy of Pediatrics began recommending that all healthy infants be placed on their backs to sleep for naps or at night. Surveys have confirmed that the practice does help protect infants during sleep.
Is breast milk or formula better for your baby?
More than two decades of research have established that breast milk is perfectly suited to nourish infants and protect them from illness. Breast-fed infants have lower rates of hospital admissions, ear infections, diarrhea, rashes, allergies, and other medical problems than bottle-fed babies. Human milk meets the nutrient needs of infants.
Health experts say increased breast-feeding rates would save consumers money, spent both on infant formula and in health-care dollars. It could save lives as well.
Although breast-feeding is still the best nourishment for infants, infant formula is a close enough second that babies not only survive but thrive.
Wearing a helmet can save your life or prevent serious injury.
When should you wear a helmet?
What kind of helmet should parents buy?
Be sure buy a helmet that is designed for the specific sport – don’t wear a bicycle helmet to go horseback riding. Be sure to buy a new helmet, not a used helmet.
Remember - Wearing a helmet can save a life or prevent serious injury. Be sure the helmet meets the requirements of the American National Standards Institute,
www. ansi.org. Perhaps most importantly, be sure that the helmet is properly fitted to the child, including fastening it when worn.
Kids and Cars Safety Tips
Summer will soon be over and drivers need to take extra caution. What should they do?
What else can parents do to keep their kids safe?
Parents can teach their children to be safe by following these tips:
As soon as school starts, there will be lots of school buses on the road. What can drivers do to remain safe around school buses?
Motorists should learn bus safety lights:
Slow down and watch for children at intersections and in neighborhoods
Obey school zone speed limits and all traffic signals
What else can you tell us about kids and car safety?
Electrical Fire Safety
Electrical fires in our homes claim the lives of 310 Americans each year, and injure 1,100 more. Some of these fires are caused by electrical system failures, but many more are caused by incorrectly installed wiring and overloaded circuits and extension cords.
There are simple steps you can take to prevent the loss of life and property resulting from electrical fires.
What are the most dangerous months for electrical fires?
December and January are the most dangerous months for electrical fires. Fire deaths are highest in winter months, which call for more indoor activities and increases in lighting, heating and appliance use. The bedroom is the leading area of fire origin for residential building electrical fires. However, electrical fires that begin in the living room, family room or den areas result in the most deaths.
What causes these electrical fires?
What can moms do to keep their homes safe?
Finally, having a working smoke alarm dramatically increases your chances of surviving a fire. And remember to practice a home escape plan frequently with your family.
What about fireplaces in homes? What can be done to ensure safety?
More than one-third of Americans use fireplaces, wood stoves and other fuel-fired appliances as primary heat sources in their homes. Unfortunately, many people are unaware of the fire risks when heating with wood and solid fuels.
Heating fires account for 36% of residential home fires in rural areas every year. Often, these fires are due to creosote buildup in chimneys and stovepipes. All home heating systems require regular maintenance to function safely and efficiently.
Keep Fireplaces and Wood Stoves Clean
What materials are safe to burn in my fireplace?
Protect the Outside of Your Home
Protect the Inside of Your Home
Are there other safety tips to add?
I know lots of young people like to ride ATVs. What kind of ATV safety tips can you give us?
What should Motocross or Dirt Bike riders wear?
A helmet is what protects your most valuable asset, so be sure to get a quality helmet that fits properly and wear it with it properly secured every time you ride.
Neck brace – having a quality neck brace is something that is just about as important as a helmet
Chest/Back Protector- these can help dissipate the energy generated in a crash and help protect internal organs and other body parts from impact damage
Drinking system – a hydration system is a must if riding off-road, as a drinking system can carry fluids that are easily consumable when riding and critical for survival
Can you share some tips on safety and dirt bikes?
Some dirt bike safety tips that will keep you relatively safe:
One of the number one dirt bike safety tips that is also the easiest to remember is to never ride alone, especially if you are riding off-road type of disciplines. Additionally, don’t ride “over your head.” And “dress for the crash, not the ride.”