safe kids of johnston County
Keeping Children Safe
Keeping children safe is a full time job especially younger children between the ages of 1 and 5. 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. Getting a ticket is the best case scenario and the worst – it’s every parent’s nightmare.
We provide 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 somethings 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
Safe Kids Worldwide publishes a monthly list of recalled products. The data is collected from multiple government agencies
Product Recall Alerts
Safe Kids Worldwide publishes bimonthly product recall newsletter by email so that you can stay current on child-related recalls.
A child’s body temperature rises 3 to 5 times faster than an adult’s. Even with the windows left partially open, the interior temperature of a car can each 125 degrees within minutes. 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 pick things up and put them in their mouth – buttons are bad enough but batteries can cause serious injury, even death. 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 it may require surgery. If you think your child has swallowed a battery, don’t wait – go directly to the emergency room.