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Safe Kids Day Celebrated Throughout New Jersey

Safe Kids New Jersey is joining hundreds of coalitions throughout the nation in celebrating Safe Kids Day to heighten awareness of preventable chilhood injuries.  Here’s what Northern New Jersey Safe Kids is up to:

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Morristown Center and Goryeb Children’s Hospital Host Local Children and Families During Safe Kids Day to Celebrate Kids, Prevent Injuries and Save Lives. 

Morristown Community Rallies to Stop Preventable Injuries, the #1 Killer of Kids in the U.S.

Safe Kids Northern NJ will host more than 100 families, community members and corporate partners, in honor of Safe Kids Day to raise awareness and resources to protect kids from preventable injuries and deaths due to motor vehicle crashes, fires, drowning, falls, suffocation and more.

There will be two events in April that will conduct car seat inspections and provide more information about “Safer in 7.” One event will be held on Thursday April 17th, 2014 from 7 am till 12 pm at Chester First Aid Squad, 100 North Rd., Chester, NJ. Another event will be held on Wednesday April 23rd, 2014 from 9 am to 2 pm at the Atlantic Ambulance Building, 120 Dorsa Ave, Livingston, NJ. 

Did You Know? Every year, 9,000 families in the U.S. and a million families around the world lose a child because of a preventable injury. Millions more children are injured in ways that can affect them for a lifetime.

Morristown is part of a larger celebration throughout the month of April that includes more than 100 communities across the United States.

“Safe Kids Day has one simple, but critical goal: working together as a community to raise awareness about preventable injuries so kids can grow up to do all the great things kids were meant to do,” says KJ Feury RN, APNc, coalition coordinator. “This is a day to celebrate kids and make learning about preventable injuries fun. There will be great information for parents and caregivers on how to keep their kids active, healthy and safe, recognition of our Hats off for Helmet Award Winners and the unveiling of the new fresh Safe Kids Van.

“As part of Safe Kids Day, we asked every family to take the Safer in 7 challenge, seven simple tips to keep kids safe,” added Feury. “It’s just one of the many activities we encourage families to do on this special day to make sure every kid is a safe kid.”

Safe Kids Day is presented by Children’s Tylenol with support from the General Motors Foundation, FedEx and Chevrolet.

About Safe Kids Northern New Jersey

Safe Kids Northern NJ works to prevent unintentional childhood injury, the number one cause of death for children in the United States. Its members include. Safe Kids Northern NJ is a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations dedicated to preventing

Booster Seat Program Still Fun in Parsippany School District

 Where is the safest place to sit in a car? What strong bones should your seat belt go on?

Are you big enough to sit in a booster seat? These are a few of the questions that are asked when the Buckle Up Team from Northern NJ Safe Kids enters kindergarten classes.

Northern NJ Safe Kids began working with the Angelina Regianni  a Kindergarten Teacher  and Paula Grather RN from the Mt. Tabor School 5 years ago. They noticed that many of their students were not in car seats or booster seats.

Together Northern NJ Safe Kids/Safe Communities and the Mt. Tabor School coordinated the program using the  I’m Safe Buckle Up tools.

An assessment tool borrowed from Atlantic/Cape May Safe Kids enabled Northern NJ Safe Kids/Safe Communities to communicate with the parents. We notified the parents as to what type a child seat would be best for their child.  “If their child was in need of a booster seat, Northern NJ Safe Kids/Safe Communities provides one for them”, says KJ Feury RN APN NNJ Safe Kids/Safe Communities coordinator (pictured here with students).

This program has been well received by all. More than half of the elementary schools in the Parsippany District have been visited.

Northern NJ Safe Kids is Ready to Roll!

Sunny skies were welcomed for the Netcong Ready To Roll Bike Rodeo 2010. Nearly 70 students participated and those who needed new helmets and received them were thrilled. Reflective spoke stickers were easily attached to every tire that was not rolling. This year we brought a new station into to the rodeo. . . HOT AIR! At this station kids were able to fill their own tires with air.

Again, Safe Kids brought a life skill to life. Hats off to our partners, Netcong PTA, Morris County DOT, Netcong Police Department and Cycleworks. Keep rolling. . .

Chester Car Seat Inspection Station Celebrates First Anniversary

The Chester Car Seat Inspection Station celebrated its 1st Anniversary on Thursday, January 21, 2010. The Child Passenger Inspection Station opened in January 2009 as an expansion to the Child Passenger Safety (CPS) Program of Northern NJ Safe Kids/Safe Communities. The station has become a visible force for CPS in Morris County. On average 15 car seats are inspected by our certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians.

The Car Seat Technicians celebrated the 1st Anniversary of Chester’s Car Seat Inspection Station on Jan. 21, 2010

Our partner, the Chester First Aid Squad has donated the use of its ambulance bays and a storage area for the program. Additional funding has been secured by the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety and Morristown Memorial Hospital as well as Safe Kids Buckle Up and individual donations.

Senior CPS Technician Jackie Leach coordinates the efforts of both career and volunteer CPS technicians. “The goal is to see that every child leaves safer than they arrived,” says Leach. The program has been well received by all.”

Pam Fisher, Director of NJ Division of Highway Traffic Safety, Jackie Leach, CPSTI and Laurie Cawley share a laugh at the 1 year anniversary of the Chester Car Seat Station.

Pam Fisher, Director of NJ Division of Highway Traffic Safety, Jackie Leach, CPSTI and Laurie Cawley share a laugh at the 1 year anniversary of the Chester Car Seat Station.

Hours of operation are the 1st Tuesday of the month 2pm – 6pm and the 3rd Thursday of the month from 7am – 12pm. The  Chester First Aid Squad is located at  100 North Road in Chester. For more information call 908- 879-5560.