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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

MID-WINTER CHECK UP

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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.