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Tareka Wheeler

Director of U.S. Programs

Tareka started her journey in injury prevention seven years ago when she became the program coordinator for Safe Kids Austin in Austin, Texas. Working closely with a Level 1 trauma center at her lead agency allowed Tareka to get a close look at how injuries to children profoundly affect families and communities, and how those injuries could be prevented by partnering with local and state agencies, developing strategic plans and mobilizing the community. She brings those same skills and passion to Safe Kids, providing leadership and direction on the development of programs and initiatives local coalitions can use to educate parents and caregivers on how to keep their children safe.

Blogs by Tareka Wheeler

smoke detector

It’s that time of year again. On Sunday, November 2, the clocks go back, the days get shorter and families get an extra precious hour of sleep.

But what you may not know is that Daylight Savings is also a great time to check your smoke alarms to make sure the batteries are fresh.

Daylight savings is a good time to change your smoke detectors and CO alarms

It’s that time of year again. On Sunday, March 9, the clocks go forward, the days get longer and families get an extra precious hour of daylight. Perfect for moms like me who want our kids outside playing as long as possible.

But what you may not know is that Daylight Savings is also a great time to check your smoke alarms to make sure the batteries are fresh.

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.

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!”

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.

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