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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.  

Toddler in bow and dress

This year, I got my Christmas present early – in March actually. That’s when my baby girl, Ruby, was born.

A first aid kit which is an essential part of disaster preperation

I’m a weather nerd. I’ve lived through hurricanes, blizzards, tornados, floods and other severe storms. I’ve only had to deal with minor earthquakes, which makes me happy.  I am a trained weather-spotter and am hoping to go tornado-chasing next year. I am also a FEMA-certified livestock disaster manager. I have weather apps on the phone that drive my cube mates crazy.

Surprised kid

It’s been almost exactly one year since I joined the Safe Kids team. And what a year it’s been. While reflecting on the past year, it occurred to me just how much knowledge I have gained and how lucky I am that I work in a job that teaches me new things every day. So here are the top 10 shocking facts I’ve learned in my first year at Safe Kids.

Guest columnist Richard B. Schwamm talks about volunterring for Safe Kids

I am a parent of two beautiful young girls; and, my promise to them, above all other responsibilities in my life, is to protect them. It’s a non-negotiable obligation. It’s my highest priority. It’s an unflappable commitment. Period.  So, it’s that mission, goal and purpose that lead me to do everything I can to protect my children from foreseeable harm.

Cover of the Last Akaway book

Every December, my family piles into our 2001 minivan (275,000 miles and counting) and heads to Buffalo to visit my mother-in-law. I call her “Grammy Yes” because whenever my kids asked Grammy a question, the answer was always, “yes.”

“Yes, you can have chocolate-covered potato chips for breakfast.”

“Yes, you can stay up as late as you want.”

Child tipping over an unsecured TV

It’s that time of year again – the season to enjoy festive meals with family and friends, deck the halls with colorful trimmings and put together your holiday wish list.

Doug Myers runs in the Marine Corp Marathon for Safe Kids

Did you hear the story about the CFO who became a superhero?

safe kids capitol day

Thanks so much to everyone who turned out earlier this week for Safe Kids Capitol Day! The event, hosted by Safe Kids Worldwide and the co-chairs of the Congressional Kids’ Safety Caucus, highlighted preventable injuries, the number one killer of kids in the U.S.

Teen driver behind the wheel

This week is National Teens “Don't Text and Drive” Week so it’s a perfect time to remind the teens (and adults) in your life that texting and driving can be a deadly combination.

Did you know that traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for American teens?  

Baby in high chair ready for the holidays

Over the river, through the woods, down the highway and off on a plane we go. Holiday travel season is here and it’s an extra special one for me because it’s my baby’s first Thanksgiving. Not only are we travelling to Grandma’s house, but we’re off to aunts’, uncles’ and cousins’ houses as well – at least I don’t have to do the cooking this year.

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