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My job is a pretty good one. When I’m asked what I do at Safe Kids, I usually distill my answer to three things: make sure kids have fun, stay active and are free from injury. Not a bad 9-5, right? Practically speaking, much of my time is spent on the third item, keeping kids safe while at play. And what better time to reflect on how great my occupation is, and celebrate all three—kids having fun, staying active and remaining safe—than during Playground Safety Week.
Co-authored by Kate Carr, former President and CEO, Safe Kids Worldwide.
This is National Childhood Injury Prevention Week, which means it’s a great time to brush up on a few of the easiest things parents can do to keep their kids safe.
When it comes to safety for your children, you already know the basics: buckle up, wear a helmet, learn to swim, look both ways. Here are some lesser-known – but just as important – tips to help keep your family safe.
1. Tug on your kid’s car seat where the seat belt goes. If it moves more than 1” at the base, tighten it up. Need help with your child’s car seat? Watch for more tips:
It’s been almost exactly one year since I first set foot in the Safe Kids office and accepted a position to join the team. And what a year it’s been.
I don’t currently have any children, but I do plan on having some in the far-off future. And I want to be a good mom.
Working at Safe Kids as a pre-mom has opened my eyes to the shocking world of child injury. I’ve worked my way through a bunch of topics – some of which I have a general knowledge of like sports safety and medication safety; and others risk areas I didn’t even know were a hazard.
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We were in 7th grade when my friend Nicole experienced her first concussion. While playing soccer, another player accidentally kicked a ball at her head, but Nicole didn’t initially realize the severity of her injury and finished the game. When she awoke the next morning, however, her head was pounding and she felt so nauseous that her parents rushed her to the ER. The doctors told her she had suffered a “mild concussion.”
As a kid growing up in Massachusetts, I remember a lot of cold winters and snowy days. But this is one of the coldest winters I can remember in my adult life. Many parts of the country are enduring record cold winters, and according to our furry groundhog friend, it’s not over yet.
The Sports and Recreation Safety Fact Sheet provides the latest statistics and injury and death rates involving youth athletes.
July 2011 Child Product Safety Recalls
November 2012 Child Product Safety Recalls