Car Seat Safety

  • Use a seat appropriate for the age & weight of your child
  • The safety of your child depends on them being appropriately fitted to the car seat
  • Register your car seat
  • This allows you to receive any recalls or important information on your car seat
  • Install the seat properly
  • Improperly installed seat are not protecting your child, and can become dangers for other passengers in the vehicle
  • Get your car seat inspected by a Child Passenger Safety Technician
  • Visit Garnet Health Medical Center and have one of our certified technicians check your car seat
  • Keep your children safe, learn about your car seat
  • Buying a used car seat can be dangerous. Car seats must be replaced after an accident.
  • Car seats have expiration dates. Check the manual to see where the stamped expiration date is on your seat.
  • Never leave your child alone in a car

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Water Safety

  • Buddy Up – always swim with a partner
  • Learn lifesaving skills such as CPR and first aid
  • Never leave a young child unattended by the water
  • Teach children to always ask permission to go near pools, oceans, bath tubs and lakes
  • Learn to swim
  • If you own a pool be sure it is fenced in, has a barrier, or uses water alarms
  • Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration when swimming, boating or lounging by the pool
  • Have inexperienced swimmer, or children wear approved life jackets in the water, or on boats
  • If boating, jet skiing or rafting, be sure to bring water proof whistles and a phone to call for help
  • When swimming in the ocean, swim in lifeguard zones only
  • If anyone is missing around pools, lakes or oceans, always call for help and check the water first

Anchor It

  • Every 24 minutes a child is injured by furniture, or TV’s falling on them
  • 81% of tip-over deaths occur in homes
  • A TV can fall with the force of 1000 pounds
  • Most tip-over incidents result in head injuries
  • Most injuries occur to toddlers
  • What Can Parents Do
  • Use straps or brackets to secure any TV that’s not wall mounted
  • Secure top heavy furniture with anti-tip brackets
  • Mount flat screen T.V.’s
  • Only place televisions on furniture that is able to support it
  • Remove objects children will be tempted to climb, pull down or reach for
  • Do a walk through, look for items that may injure your child in each room

Bicycle Safety

  • Wear a properly fitted bike helmet
  • Check your equipment prior to riding
  • Wear clothing that makes you be seen…bright colors, reflective of safety vests
  • Watch out for road hazards i.e. garbage in road, pot holes, loose gravel, leaves and animals
  • Avoid riding at night
  • Go with the traffic flow
  • Obey traffic laws
  • Stay alert
  • Do not pass on the right
  • Dress appropriately for weather conditions
  • Make eye contact with drivers, be sure you are noticed by drivers
  • Ride with a partner or group

Check out how to properly size your bike helmet


Head’s Up: Concussion Prevention

Did you know?

  • Emergency departments treat about 173,000 sports, and recreational traumatic brain injuries
  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is caused by a force exerted on or into the head that disrupts normal brain function
  • Traumatic brain injuries can range from mild to severe, even death
  • Leading causes of TBI is falls, blunt trauma accidents, and assaults
  • TBI affects all ages

How to prevent TBI

  • Use Seatbelts and car seats
  • Helmets save brain tissue, use them:
  • Bikes, motorcycles, ATV’s, and snowmobiles
  • Contact sports lacrosse, football, boxing or wrestling
  • Roller skates, blades, ice skating or skateboards
  • Baseball, horseback ridding, snowboarding or skiing
  • Practice safety at home for young children
  • Window guards
  • Safety gates on stairs
  • Electric cords for appliances secured
  • Use fall prevention strategies
  • Remove tripping hazards
  • Secure all rugs
  • Clear pathways to restrooms, kitchen and bedroom
  • Keep objects off steps
  • Light stairways
  • No throw rugs
  • Fix uneven surfaces

Hypothermia Facts & Prevention

  • In cold temperatures your body loses heat quicker than it can produce it
  • Body temperatures that are too low affects the brain
  • Heavy exertion, not taking in fluids and not eating in cold weather can lead to hypothermia
  • Ensure you have adequate food, clothing and heat sources
  • Keep blankets in your car, and extra around house
  • Limit time outside on cold days
  • Protect hands, ears, face and feet in extreme cold
  • Move around, activity generates body heat
  • Dress in layers, outer layers should have wind protection
  • Stay dry, take off wet clothing as soon as possible
  • Keep emergency supplies in your vehicle; extra jackets, matches, candles and kitty litter for traction
  • STAY WARM!!!!!!!

Snowmobile Safety Tips

  • Use protective gear (helmets, goggles, gloves, buoyant suits)
  • Dress in layers
  • Know your abilities
  • Know your ridding area
  • Alcohol and snowmobiles Do Not Mix
  • Have a snowmobile buddy
  • Leave route information with family or friends
  • Be aware of ice, drowning is the leading cause of snowmobile deaths
  • Stay Alert!!!!