child safety

Don't Teach Stranger Danger


                Growing up I’m sure many of you were taught “Stranger Danger”. It was catchy, short, simple and even rhymed. However, many people don’t know that Stranger Danger is no longer advised to be taught in our schools and groups like the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children are strongly against it. Statistically less than 1% of kidnappings occur by a “stranger”. The message of “stranger danger” can mistakenly convey to children that only strangers harm children and teaching kids to “never talk to strangers” can prevent ways that can assist a child in staying safe.

Adults need to also understand that the risk to children are FAR GREATER from someone they know. When we tell our children to never talk to strangers, we have eliminated a key source of help for them. We are essentially telling them all strangers are bad. For example, if your child is lost in a store they may be surrounded by “strangers” that are also available rescuers that could assist them when they are in trouble.  Stranger Danger has been known to prolong the amount of time a child was missing in certain situations because the child was afraid to ask people around for help.  Instead of saying “Never talk to strangers.”, educate your children to know not to approach just anyone if they are lost or in trouble, but to look for a police officer, a clerk with a nametag or a parent with children. Also be sure to teach them the importance of staying still if they get lost. If they begin to wander around to search for you it will take finding them even longer.

                Instead of Stranger Danger, children need to be educated on how to recognize and avoid potentially dangerous situations. Talk to your kids about ways to stay safe.  Let them know the importance of getting permission before going anywhere with anyone and that they should always tell you right away if anyone asks them to keep a secret from you or makes them feel uncomfortable. When you are out and about with your child find teachable moments, take time to point out places they can go for help in different environments. Identify people (store employees, police officers, etc.) that they should go to if they ever need help.  Tell them the importance of using the buddy system. All of these conversations and teachable moments will help prepare your child in case they find themselves missing or in a dangerous situation.

For more resources and helpful tips visit www.kidsmartz.org

 

Leave No Child Behind

Parents are always on the run and juggling a lot on their plate. We’ve seen the news stories about a parent that forgot about their sleeping child in the back seat and sadly the child dies from heatstroke. We often assume that would never happen to us, but experts say even the best of parents can make the mistake of unknowingly leaving a sleeping baby in a car and that can result in serious injury or even death. Keep in mind that children have died in hot cars when the outside temperature was as low as 60 degrees. It is not just something that happens in the summer months.  A child is easily a victim of heatstroke since their body overheats 3-5 times faster than an adult’s body.

 

On average 37 child fatalities happen a year from heat related incidents where a child is left alone in a car. 87% of these fatalities involved a child under the age of 3. Keep in mind that children have died in hot cars when the outside temperature was as low as 60 degrees. It is not just something that happens in the summer months.  A child is easily a victim of heatstroke since their body overheats 3-5 times faster than an adult’s body. It would be wonderful if all vehicles had an alert when a child is left in the vehicle, but since that isn’t the case we’ve compiled some helpful tips to make sure no child is left behind in a car.

 

-          Keep a large stuffed animal in the child’s car seat when it isn’t occupied. When you place your child inside their car seat, place the stuffed animal into the front passenger seat. It is a great visual reminder that the child is in the back.

-          Place something that you’ll need like your purse or cell phone in the back seat so that you have to open the back door upon exiting the vehicle. (We love the cell phone idea because it also helps prevent you from texting while driving)

-          Always keep car keys and remote openers out of the reach of children.

-          Keep your vehicles locked at all times, even when it is in the garage. You don’t want your child climbing in and not being able to get out.

-          Try to utilize drive thru services as much as possible (banks, dry cleaners, pharmacies, etc.) and pay at the pump when at a gas station. 

-          If you ever see a child left alone in a car, call 911 immediately! Don’t wait and try and find the parents/guardians. If the child appears to be sick, hot or lethargic help get them out of the vehicle as soon as possible.

-          See if your daycare or babysitter can set up a plan where you will call them if your child will be absent and that they call you if your child hasn’t arrived at their scheduled time.

-          NEVER leave a child alone in a car, even for a minute. Cracking the windows does NOT help slow down the heating process or decrease the maximum temperature.

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Pool Safety

Summer is about to begin and that means lots of time by the pool. While summer is a great time to relax and have fun, it’s also important that everyone stays safe. Sadly drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death for children between 1-4. 700 children under 14 die every year because of drowning and most of the time lack of proper adult supervision played a roll. Here are some important tips in regards to pool safety.

*Pools should be fenced off completely. Enclose pools with a self-locking and self-closing fence at least four feet high. Over half of all swimming pool drownings among children could be prevented by four sided fencing.  

*Install a pool alarm. They act as a great warning signal and can help save a life. Call our office today to learn more. (866) 532-SAFE

*Keep an inexperienced swimmer within arm’s length at all times even in shallow water. Also be sure to use life jackets that are approved by the Coast Guard. Do not use air filled or foam toys in place of life jackets for floatation support.

*If you are having a party by the pool, always have a designated adult in charge of watching the kids in and around the pool. That person should not take breaks to use the bathroom, get a snack, or get distracted in conversation unless someone else is taking over for them. Since this is the case it is always great to take turns and rotate out supervisors so everyone gets a chance to enjoy the party while also ensuring the kids are safe. Little kids drown quickly and quietly…they aren’t going to be screaming out for help. That is why constant supervision is key.

*Remember that kids who are swimming horizontally are usually just fine, it’s when they start to go vertical that they are struggling. Drownings are not as dramatic as shown in movies so they are easy to miss if you aren’t focused.

*Swimming lessons for children are important at an early age. Children as young as six months can be taught lifesaving self-rescuing skills in case they fall into a pool.  For a list of ISR approved instructors near you visithttps://www.infantswim.com/

*Learn CPR. You can help save a life in case of a pool or other life safety emergency. Remember to update your skills regularly. To get trained and certified visit http://www.redcross.org/ux/take-a-class

Fire Safety

Every year 2,200 children die from injuries that happen in their own home. Our job at J&J Security is to do our part to help keep as many families safe as we can.  One way we do that is through education. An important safety topic to discuss with families is fire safety. Here are some topics to consider when dealing with fire safety.

Smoke Alarms

Working smoke alarms cut the risk of death in home fires in half. Smoke alarms should be installed on every level of your home and next to all bedrooms. We recommend testing your batteries every six months. A monitored smoke alarm is important because it can alert authorities if something goes wrong, and when dealing with fire, every second counts!

Escape Plan

Do you have a home fire escape plan? Only one third of American have and practice them according to a NFPA survey. If you are one of the families without a plan, it is critical that you develop one that has at least two ways out of every room. Practice your home fire escape plans with your children often. In fact, a great way to remember is to practice them twice a year when you are checking on your batteries. Make sure that your fire escape plan has everyone leaving the home immediately and having a safe meeting spot outside of the home. (Like a neighbor’s driveway) Once they are out of the house it is important that they STAY OUT and wait for the fire department to arrive.

Kitchen Fires

Two of every five home fires start in the kitchen. Do you have a fire extinguisher? Always have one in the kitchen, and make sure you know how to use it. You don’t want to be reading the instructions once you find yourself in an emergency situation. Another great tip when looking at kitchen fire safety is to make sure dish towels and wooden spoons are kept away from your stovetop. We use them often when cooking and it’s easy to put them down to close to the stovetop, and increasing your chance of them catching on fire.

Candles

There are about 25 home candle fires reported every day. They usually start when things that can burn are placed too close to the candle. Another factor is when someone falls asleep with a candle still burning. You should always blow out candles before leaving the room or going to sleep. Never leave candles burning unattended.

Learn More

We love to recommendhttp://www.sparky.org/ for kids and parents to visit together and learn more about fire safety. 

*If you are needing monitored smoke alarms for your home, call our office today. (866) 532-SAFE

 

MAY IS BIKE SAFETY MONTH

Bike riding is a wonderful way to get around, exercise, have fun, and it’s also good for the environment. Families should enjoy their bikes as much as possible, but remember the importance of staying safe whether young or old.

 

In 2013 in the U.S., over 900 bicyclists were killed and there were an estimated 494,000 emergency department visits due to bicycle-related injuries. Can you believe that less than half of children that are 14 years old or younger usually wear a bike helmet? However, if you have a properly fitted helmet you can reduce the risk of a head injury by almost 50 percent. Helmets are the most effective way to avoid an injury from a bicycle crash. Use your head, wear a helmet!

 

Talk bike safety with your children and don’t forget to also lead by example. Make sure you are practicing and modeling good bicycle safety for your children at all times. Not only for their benefit, but to help keep you safe as well. Here are some tips to help you and your family stay safe when riding your bicycles:

1)      ALWAYS wear a helmet. It is always helpful to let your children pick out their own helmets at the store so they are more likely to want to wear them. Also, make sure it is properly fitted. It is the best way to prevent injury and death. You can visit the following website for help with making sure your helmet fits correctly.  http://www.helmets.org/fit.htm

2)      Wear bright colors and use lights. It helps make sure you are seen especially during the early morning hours and at night. Reflectors on clothes and on your bike can also help others see you and help keep you safe. Also make sure you aren’t wearing headphones when riding.

3)      Ride on the sidewalk whenever you are able to, and if you can’t make sure you are riding in the same direction as traffic and as far on the right as possible.

4)      Use hand signals and ride in a straight line. If your children don’t know hand signals make sure you teach them when and how to use them properly. 

5)      Ride along with your children as much as possible until you feel comfortable with their ability to stay safe on their own.  Whenever they are able (like if they ride to and from school) encourage them to ride with a buddy.

TV Tip-Over

Televisions can be a huge safety issue in your home if they aren’t secured properly. Families often overlook just how dangerous they can be until it is too late. Did you know that every hour a child is rushed to the hospital because of a TV tip-over? Even more saddening is that every 3 weeks a child unnecessarily dies from a TV tip-over. Together we can help make sure this doesn’t happen to your children by learning about the issue and figuring out how to help keep kids safe. 

The statistics show that 34% of child fatalities due to TV tip-overs involved children climbing on furniture or the televisions themselves and that 47% of child fatalities with a TV tip-over occur in a bedroom. Securing furniture to walls is always an important safety step when you have young children living in your home. Young children love to climb and we can’t keep our eyes on them 24/7. Making sure large pieces of furniture are secured to the wall is an essential step to helping keep kids safe when it comes to general home safety and not just in regards to the furniture holding your TV. Since 7 out of 10 children that are injured in that kind of accident are under the age of 5…talking to your children about being careful around the television is NOT enough. SECURING THEM IS KEY and if you have an older CRT TV we have tips for them as well below. We recommend the following tips for television safety:

-Secure your flat screen televisions properly with a wall mount that has a safety certification from an independent laboratory. If you have a new television that you want professionally hung, our certified technicians can help hang them safely on your walls using proper wall mounts.

- 37% of households still have the heavier box style televisions. When you are dealing with an older CRT TV, they should be placed on a low and stable piece of furniture that is appropriate for the size and weight of the television. (A 36” box style CRT TV falling three feet will create the same momentum as a 1 year old child falling from a 10 story building)

- Don’t forget to recycle your old TV’s. Consumer electronics are now the fastest-declining portion of the U.S. municipal solid waste stream. Together we can help by visiting www.greenergadgets.org to find a location near you that will safely and responsibly recycle your TV for you.

 

Playground Safety

Yes it’s true….bumps and bruises are a part of childhood. However no one wants to see their child end up with a serious injury. Playgrounds are supposed to be a place for our children to have fun and use up their extra energy, but they can also be a place where children get hurt. Did you know falls are the most common playground injury; and in almost half of the cases, lack of supervision is involved? Active supervision is key for helping keep kids safe! Here are some other helpful tips to avoid unnecessary injury.

 

-          Look for playgrounds with shock-absorbing surfaces

-          Talk to your children about how crowding and pushing can be dangerous on playground equipment

-          Dress appropriately for the playground. Items like necklaces and scarves and even drawstrings can get caught in equipment and put your child at risk of strangulation.

-          Actively supervise children instead of using that time to catch up on emails or talk on the phone. It helps keep kids safe and also give you a special and fun way to bond with your children.

-          SHARE with us any helpful tips you have for playground fun and safety.

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