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girl in booster seat

Our new study helps answer some of the questions parents have about when to switch from a booster seat to just a seat belt. We surveyed 1,000 parents of children ages 4 to 10 and found that an alarming number of parents are allowing kids to use a seat belt alone before they are big enough. In fact, 7 in 10 parents do not know that a child should be at least 57 inches (4’9”) to ride in a car without a booster seat.

Photo: Distracted Teen

The hazards of walking while distracted

Have you ever texted a friend while walking down a sidewalk and thought ‘what’s the worst that could happen?’ For this unsuspecting guy, it was almost running into a hungry-looking brown bear. Luckily, everyone turned out okay. But what if that bear had been a car going 30 miles per hour?

labor day home safety

And How to Stay Safe While You're at It

It’s true, summer is almost over. So I have an idea: let’s forget about all the things we have to do to get ready for the school year and finish out the summer in style with a great Labor Day weekend.

Here are three ideas that can help.

Number 3

Christina

This post originally appeared on The Huffington Post.

Fire Station

This post originally appeared on The Huffington Post.

Distracted Walking and Teens

I’m one of those people who is always on the phone.  Whether I’m texting or tweeting or instagramming, it comes with the territory of working in PR and social media. I know that texting while driving is extremely dangerous and I’ve really focused on not checking my phone while I’m driving. But living in the D.C. metro area means I rarely drive. I walk to the metro, then I metro to work.

Protect children from concussion

While working at Safe Kids, regardless of whether we have children or not, we develop a parents’ radar for ways kids are vulnerable to injury. I am no different. Earlier this summer, I visited my family in Santa Cruz, California, and spent a lot of time watching my then 8-year-old nephew, Logan, play baseball with his team, the Mets.

Avoid ACL injuries

Note: This article originally appeared on the Huffington Post.

sports safety

As the program manager for sports safety, where much of my work is focused on keeping kids healthy and in top shape for sports, I’m inspired by the young athletes I meet or hear about each day. Kids who are full of passion for the sports they love and a desire to work hard and play their best each time they’re out on the field.

Concussion Coach Blog

When I’m not working at Safe Kids, I spend most of my time coaching a club field hockey team with girls ages 12-19. This is an elite club that was created for the best players from northern Virginia to come together, play in tournaments and hopefully get recruited to play in college. They are incredible athletes and have an inspiring passion for the game.

car heatstroke safety

As a technical advisor at Safe Kids Worldwide, where I work closely with families to help keep kids safe in and around cars, I dread hearing my work cell phone when it dings in the middle of the night or on a weekend.  Unfortunately, that “ding” is often an e-mail telling me that yet another child has died because of heatstroke. 

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