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Pedestrian Safety Blog 2014

One of the most interesting aspects of working at Safe Kids is that we get to play "detective.” If we see a statistic we find alarming, like that every hour of every day a teen is hit by a car and killed or injured in the U.S., we get to try to figure out the five W’s, who, what, where, when and why. Last year, we discovered that the pedestrian death rate for teens is twice that of younger children. This year, we took our detective role one step further. We surveyed 1000 teens ages 13-18 to understand more about their walking habits: what they’re doing, and why.  

Forever Valentine Drawing

The decision to have a child . . . is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body - Elizabeth Stone

The first time I read this quote I was a brand new mom, and I’m not sure I fully understood just how true it was.

Injured teen illustrates the need for concussion safety

Did you see all the news about concussions leading up to the Super Bowl? It’s got everyone talking, from doctors to professional athletes. Even Snoop Dog is weighing in. So in case you missed it, we put together the most intriguing articles all in one place. Check out the articles that interest you the most, and pass this list on to the coaches, parents and young athletes in your life.

Recycle your TV to keep your kids safe

On April 3, 2012, shortly after dinner, a beautiful, curious 2-year-old little girl named Chance was playing around in her house. While running back and forth between bedrooms, she yelled to her mom, "I love you, mama." Her mom, Keisha, replied, "I love you too, Chance."

Keep your kids safe in the kitchen from burns

When my oldest son, Terrell, was 2 years old, he was quite the little terror – I mean angel. Like many kids, he was super busy and got into everything. One day he gave me a scare when he climbed a stool by the counter in our kitchen and grabbed my mug of hot tea. I’m talking right out the kettle, super-hot tea.

Chinese volunteer teaches kids about walking safe

Safe Kids implements a 10-country program called Walk This Way, which works around the world to make communities safer for children to walk. It’s hard to believe that there are places in the world where simply walking to school is not safe for children. But we know we can change this reality for children and families.

Chinese volunteer teaches kids about walking safe

Safe Kids and the Consumer Electronic Association (CEA)® are teaming up to raise awareness about the risks of unsecured TVs tipping over in the home and to educate parents about the simple things they can do to keep their kids safe. Sadly, every three weeks a child dies from a television tipping over. And every 45 minutes a child is injured.

Baby properly secured in a high chair

Many parents assume the high chair they use for their child during meal time is safe.  Unfortunately, that is not always the case. Our new research shows that every day in the U.S., an average of 24 children are treated in an emergency department for an injury related to either a high chair or chair booster seat – that is one child every hour.   

Rider wearing proper snow mobile safety gear

I love the snow, and even when it falls after the holidays, it still makes me think of one of my favorite holiday songs.

Oh the weather outside is frightful
But the fire is so delightful
And since we've no place to go
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!”

Family in front of fireplace. It is important to proect against fires during the winter.

There’s lots of great ways to enjoy the winter. Sledding, ice skating, and the chance to wear big puffy coats and heavy boots.  Of course, there’s also winter weather to consider and so far, we’ve seen it all: cold, wind, snow, and some sunny days too.

Hot stove tops can cause fires and injuries

By Rob Pickle, with an intro by his Mom, Martha Wilcox

Can you tell when your kid is telling you the truth? Our kids have no idea what experts we become in watching their expressions; after all we’ve been doing it since the day they were born. “I didn’t eat the cookie,” may be declared with conviction by a 3-year-old, but the crumbs on the chin tell another story.

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