safe kids of johnston County
Keeping Children Safe
Keeping young children safe is a full-time job. The Partnership for Children is the lead agency for Safe Kids Johnston County and our mission is to help protect kids from accidents and injury. No parent wants to put their child’s safety at risk, so here are some tips and suggestions on how we help keep children safe.
Car Seat Safety
Did you know that motor vehicle accidents are the number one cause of death for children in the US? Yet 73% of car seats aren’t used or are installed incorrectly.
Safe Kids provides FREE safety checks for your car seats. If you’re not sure how to install it or want to make sure you have the right seat for your child’s age and weight, give us a call and set a time to come by. If something is not right, we’ll show you how to fix it.
Every year hundreds of products are recalled by the U.S. government. Stores are immediately required to remove recalled products from their shelves and these safety recalls never expire. This doesn’t mean that unsafe products won’t make their way into your home. Items purchased at yard sales or second hand stores might be subject to a safety recall. These items are often sold or given as hand-me-downs without any knowledge that they are unsafe.
Staying informed this the best way to keep your child safe
Check for recalls now by reviewing Safe Kids Worldwide’s monthly recall list.
Product Recall Alerts
Stay current on child-related recalls with Safe Kids Worldwide’s bimonthly newsletter.
The interior temperature of a car can reach 125 degrees within minutes, even with the windows left partially open.
Unfortunately, 52% of children left in hot cars are “forgotten” by distracted adults. No one thinks they will forget their child, but parents have a lot going on and can make mistakes. Please, put your cell phone, your purse, or your briefcase – something you know you need – in the backseat next to your child’s car seat. Even if you don’t think it can happen to you – the risk is far too great to gamble on.
Batteries have gotten smaller, many are the size of buttons. Young children naturally pick things up and put them in their mouths. To keep your child safe, cover any button battery with duct tape to keep little hands from prying it out.- that might include singing greeting cards, remote controls, non-burning candles, digital frames.
When children put a battery in their mouth, their saliva causes a chemical reaction. In less than two hours, their esophagus can be burned so severely that it may require surgery. If you think your child has swallowed a battery, don’t wait – go directly to the emergency room.