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Store all household products out of children's sight and reach.

Let’s face it, sometimes kids get into things that they probably shouldn’t. Here are a few tips to keep little explorers from finding their way into household items that could be dangerous. But just in case, we’ll also show you what to do if your child accidentally ingests something harmful.

The Hard Facts
Half of the 2.4 million calls to Poison Help Number in 2010 involved children ages 5 and under. In fact, 9 out of 10 poisonings occur at home.

Top Tips
•Store all household products out of children’s sight and reach. Young kids are often eye-level with items under the kitchen and bathroom sinks. So any bleach, detergents, dishwasher liquid or cleaning solutions that are kept there should find a new storage location.
•Store poisonous items out of reach or use safety locks on cabinets within reach. These items also include detergent pods for the laundry and dishwasher. It only takes a few minutes, and it gives you one less thing to worry about.
•Read product labels to find out what can be hazardous to kids. Dangerous household items include makeup, personal care products, plants, pesticides, lead, art supplies, alcohol and carbon monoxide.
•Make sure that all medications, including vitamins and adult medicines, are stored out of reach and out of sight or children.
•Put the toll-free number Poison Help Number (1-800-222-1222) into your home and cell phones. You should also post it near your phone or on your refrigerator for the babysitter. Hopefully you’ll never need it, but it’s nice to have just in case.
•Check for lead-based paint. Remove any peeling paint or chewable surfaces painted with lead-based paint.
For more information go to:  www.safekids.org



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Safe Kids Marks February 1, 2014 as National TV Safety Day

Every 45 minutes in the United States, a child is rushed to the emergency room for injuries caused by televisions that are not appropriately secured. To help prevent these TV tip-overs, Safe Kids New Jersey is launching National TV Safety Day on February 1, 2014, the day before Super Bowl XLVIII. As families prepare for this must see event, National TV Safety Day raises awareness about TV tip-overs and educates parents and caregivers on the simple things they can do to make their homes safer.

“We don’t want any parent to have to endure the loss of a child due to a TV tip-over” said Carol Ann Giardelli, Director, Safe Kids NJ. “National TV Safety Day is a time for families to conduct a quick TV safety check and learn what to do with older TVs that can be dangerous for young kids.”

Many TV tip-overs are a result of televisions not being properly secured or placed in an unsafe location. From 2008-2012, twelve children in New Jersey under the age of five were killed and 33 children were hospitalized due to TV/Furniture tip overs. Nearly 2,000 children under age five visited the ER each year during this period due to tip-overs.

Safe Kids encourages families to include TV safety as part of their childproofing plans by placing CRT TVs on low, stable and secured pieces of furniture. If families no longer use their CRT TV, consider recycling it. For families with flat panel televisions, Safe Kids recommends mounting TVs to the wall to reduce the risk of TV tip-overs.

Top Tips for Parents:

  • Secure your TV. If you have an older CRT TV, make sure you place it on a low, stable and secured piece of furniture that is appropriate for the TV’s size and weight.
  • Recycle your TV. To find a location to safely and easily recycle unwanted TVs, go to http://www.GreenerGadgets.org.
  • If you’re replacing your CRT TV with a new TV, be sure it’s properly secured.

For more TV safety tips, visit: http://www.safekids.org/recycle-old-tvs










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. Now that we’re about halfway through such an unpredictable winter, we thought it might be a good time to give you 5 things to think about when it comes to keeping your family safe.

Car Seats and Winter Coats. We know you want your little ones to be warm, but please don’t buckle your child into a car seat while wearing a bulky coat. The coat can compress in a crash and create a loose car seat harness, putting your child at greater risk of injury in the event of a crash. Instead, lay the jacket over your children like a blanket once they’re safely secured.

Sleep Safety. Extra blankets can seem so cozy in a baby’s crib but soft bedding can block a baby’s airway during sleep. A firm mattress covered with a tight-fitting crib sheet is all you need for your baby to sleep well. If you’re worried about keeping your baby warm on those cold winter nights, try using a sleepsack (wearable blanket). They’re pretty cozy, too.

Winter Sports. Kids love to push the limits when they’re skiing or snowboarding. Make sure they wear helmets and other proper gear to keep them safe if they fall on the slopes. Kids also might not be inclined to drink as much water when they’re playing in cold weather because they don’t get as hot. Remind them to stay properly hydrated.

Carbon Monoxide. This is a great time to make sure your home has a carbon monoxide alarm on every level, especially near sleeping areas, and keep them at least 15 feet away from fuel-burning appliances. If you’re warming up a vehicle, don’t forget to remove it from the garage immediately after starting it. It’s extremely dangerous to leave a car, SUV or motorcycle engine running inside a garage.

Fire Safety. Create and practice a home fire escape plan with two ways out of your house in case of a fire. This can be a fun activity for the whole family. Here’s a handy worksheet to help get you started. And remember to keep space heaters at least three feet away from anything that can burn. More tips on fire.

For more child safety tips go to:  www.safekids.org.  Have a fun and safe winter.

Safe Kids Walk This Way in Dunellen

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John P. Faber Elementary School walked in the 10th Annual International Walk Your Child to School Day.  More than 300 parents, students, Fed Ex volunteers and school staff participated, enjoying the beautiful day, getting some exercise and having fun while learning what it takes to be safe pedestrians!


Faber School’s Walk Your Child to School day event was aided by the Dunellen Police Department, who provided safe escort through town to the school. Superintendent Pio Pennisi and Mayor Robert Seader walked with the students, as they do every year, to show their support of this special event.


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Safe Kids Worldwide has released new info that could help protect kids in cars. The results may surprise you. In a survey of more than 1,000 parents, 1 in 4 say they’ve driven without buckling up their kids.

But here’s where it gets even more interesting: the research found that younger, more educated and affluent parents are more likely to take a risk and ride with their kids unbuckled in a car. Read the research report to learn more about this troubling new trend and what you can do to fix it.  http://issuu.com/safekids/docs/cps_study_2013?e=4874392/4831654

Is Your Child’s Car Seat Being Used Correctly?

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Safe Kids New Jersey is celebrating National Child Passenger Safety Week by hosting car seat inspection events where nationally certified technicians can help you properly install your car seat.

Come join us! All activities are free of charge and open to the public.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Safe Kids Northern NJ
Essex-Morris Child Safety Seat Station
120 Dorsa Avenue, Livingston, NJ
Time: 9:00 am to 2:30 pm

Thursday Sept 19, 2013
Safe Kids Northern NJCar Seat Safety Check
Morris – Warren Child Safety Seat Education Station
Chester First Aid Squad
100 North Road
Chester NJ
7:00 am – 12:00 noon

Friday, September 20, 2013
Safe Kids Southern NJ – Car Seat Safety Check
Shoppes at Cross Keys
611 Berlin Cross Keys Road
Sicklerville NJ
Time: 11:00 am -2:00 pm

Saturday, September 21, 2013
Safe Kids Hudson County – Car Seat Safety Check
100 14th Street
Jersey City, NJ
Time: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Saturday, September 21, 2013 2013
Safe Kids Middlesex County – Car Seat Safety Check
Brunswick Towne Center
Joyce Kilmer Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Time: 11:00 am to 2:00 pm

Saturday, September 21, 2013
Safe Kids Bergen County – Children In and Around Cars
(Note: This is a great family activity, but not a car seat check)

Paramus Auto Mall
194 N State Route 17
Paramus, NJ
Time: 11:00 am to 2:00 pm

Saturday, September 28, 2013
Safe Kids Southern NJ – Car Seat Safety Check
675 Woodbury Glassboro Road
Mantua, NJ
Time: 11:00 am to 2:00 pm

For a complete listing of Car Seat Inspection Stations throughout New Jersey go to: http://www.njsaferoads.com


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