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July 18, 2011

Don't Leave Kids Alone in Hot Cars at Anytime

Dangers of Aerosol in Vehicles

The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the National SAFE KIDS Campaign today reminded parents and caregivers that leaving children unattended in a motor vehicle can quickly lead to fatal consequences, especially in warm weather. NHTSA also issued summer safety tips for parents and caregivers.

From 1996 to the present, at least 241 children have died of heatstroke after being trapped inside parked cars, and at least 19 have died already this year. Most of the children were in child safety seats and left behind or forgotten by an adult. Others gained access to an unlocked car and then became trapped inside.

"During warm weather, temperatures can rapidly rise inside a vehicle, even if it's parked in the shade. A tragedy can occur within minutes if children are left in a closed car," said NHTSA Administrator Jeffrey W. Runge, M.D.

Young children trapped in a hot, closed vehicle are at particularly great risk on a day that is sunny or humid. Even when the temperature is as mild as 60 degrees Fahrenheit, a closed vehicle can heat to levels that are dangerous for children within a short span of time.

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July 15, 2011

Keep Yourself and Kids Protected from Harmful Sun

Sun Safety at the Beach

Spring break is a great time for the family to get away from the cold, dark days of winter and have some fun in the sun. Keep your family safe while on your trip by following these tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

Sun Safety for Babies

  • Babies under 6 months of age should be kept out of direct sunlight. Move your baby to the shade under a tree, umbrella or stroller canopy.

  • Dress babies in lightweight clothing that covers the arms and legs, and use brimmed hats.

    Sun Safety for Kids

  • Choose sunscreen that is made for children, preferably waterproof. Before covering your child, test the sunscreen on your child's back for a reaction. Apply carefully around the eyes, avoiding eyelids. If a rash develops, talk to your pediatrician.

  • Select clothes made of tightly woven fabrics. Cotton clothing is both cool and protective.

  • When using a cap with a bill, make sure the bill is facing forward to shield your child's face. Sunglasses with UV protection are also a good idea for protecting your child's eyes.

  • If your child gets sunburn that results in blistering, pain or fever, contact your pediatrician.

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    July 13, 2011

    10 Tips to Keep Your Child Safe When Traveling

    Top 10 Safety Tips for Traveling With Children

    Traveling with children, especially infants or toddlers, puts special demands on the adults responsible for their well-being. Based on analysis of dozens of aviation incidents and accidents involving children and my own experience as a traveling parent, here are ten tips that can make the trip safer for your child.

    1. Plan ahead: Ask yourself what supplies you will need to have on hand to take care of any normal or special needs for the child. Remember, it is the airline's responsibility to carry passengers to their destination, but it is the responsibility of the parent or responsible adult to take care of any children.

    2. Use a child restraint system for children under 40 pounds (18.1 kilos): The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration strongly recommends that children weighing less than 40 pounds be put into a child restraint system appropriate for their weight. Children under the age of two may be carried on the lap of an adult, but the lap child should have some kind of restraint system. For small children, consider the following recommendations:

    • Find a way to conveniently carry any appropriate child restraint systems through airports and into and out of aircraft.

    • If the child is over the age of two, and less than 40 pounds, follow the FAA recommendations for child restraint systems.

    • If the child is under two, consider buying a separate seat for the child and use an appropriate restraint system for the seat.

    • If the child is under two and will be traveling on the lap of an adult, consider using an in-flight child restraint. Also, bring along an appropriate child restraint system just in case the seat next to you happens to be unoccupied.  [Read full article]

    June 24, 2011

    Summer Safety for Teen Travelers

    Teen Summer Travel Safety Tips & Advice

    Tips for Parents & Teens from Industry Veterans

    Whether you are sending your child to a traditional overnight camp, on a school field trip or half way around the world, safety is always paramount in a parent’s mind.  For 20 years a Chicago-based service adventure travel company called The Road Less Traveled has been providing teens and young adults the chance to embark upon unique, life-changing experiences in some of the world’s most incredible locations.  Whether participants are hiking the Andes Mountains in Ecuador or scuba diving and replanting underwater reefs in the Florida Keys, the programs’ first priority is always safety.
    To ensure the best and safest journey possible, here are some safety tips for teens and parents from the staff of The Road Less Traveled:
    For Parents…

    Choose A Credible Company: With so many teen tours, adventure trips and service-focused programs available to teens these days it can be hard to know which one to go with.  Select a program that has a great track record and an established reputation.  Don’t be afraid to ask for references or testimonials from previous participants.  Another consideration is to choose a program that is accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA). [Read full story]

    June 15, 2011

    Teen Driver Safety Tips

    Teen Driving Safety Tips

    Driving Safety Tips: Teach Your Teen to be a Safe Driver

    Teaching your teen to drive is a big responsibility. These driving safety tips will help you help your teen to be a smart and safe driver.  

    Tip 1. Teen driving safety tip - Eliminate distractions.

    Staying focused while driving can reduce the risk of an accident. Have a discussion with your child about common driving distractions such as cell phones, the radio and passengers. Set rules together about the use of electronics and the number of passengers permitted in the car when he or she is driving.

    Tip 2. Teen driving safety - Wear a seat belt.

    Seat belt use is lower among teenage drivers than any other age group. Make sure your child understands that wearing a seat belt is the best way to be protected in case of an accident. Your teen and any passengers riding in the car must wear a seat belt at all times as required by state teenage driving laws.

    Tip 3. Teen driving safety - Know your state’s teenage driving laws.

    Driving laws differ from state to state. In addition to seat belt laws, they may include a curfew for teens under the age of 18 or a passenger limit.  Check with your local DMV for specific teenage driving laws, and make sure your teen understands the laws and the consequences for breaking them.  [Find More Tips Here]

    May 27, 2011

    Are Your Kids Healthy at Camp?

    Healthy_camp_cuisineWorried about what foods your kids will eat when they travel to camp this year? When you went to camp as a kid, you probably didn't serve yourself lunch from a salad bar, but that might just be changing for your children. According to the American Camp Association (ACA), the majority of children's recreation and travel camps now offer not only salad bars, but also fresher foods and healthier cuisine.

    Here are 6 new ways camps are keeping your kids healthy:
    1. Healthy menu choices
    2. Allergen-free foods
    3. Special diets
    4. Classes in nutrition
    5. Awareness of eating disorders
    6. Interactive programs

    To learn more about these programs and how to find a healthy camp, read RTM's Camp Cuisine Guide.

    May 26, 2011

    Cellphone Rudeness: What to do?

    Annoying_cellphone_user Traveling comes with its own set of annoyances such as long lines, delayed flights, security, lost luggage, traffic jams and less that comfortable travel conditions. Travel does not need the added annoyance of loud cellphone users.

    We've all met them. We may have even been them. Cellphone loud talkers can make flights, restaurants, lines, waiting areas and other public places miserable. In the past, a screaming child could ruin a any public situation, but many can forgive a frazzled mother. Now, that mother is shouting above the child's screaming into her cellphone, and we, the public, are not so willing to let it slide. What would you do?

    Does Cellphone Rudeness get to you? Read RTM's Cellphone Rules.

    April 07, 2011

    Motion Skills for Teen Drivers

    Motion Skills 1

    Inspired by Every Parents' Worst Nightmare

    Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of teen deaths in America, and with all of the distractions teens experience today, the number of accidents is destined to rise. This alarming statistic sparked Kris Rolfson and his wife, Christy Rolfson to do something about this tragic reality, so they set out to create a beacon of hope for parents and teen drivers. Through pure passion and determination, Motion Skills was born.

    Kris Rolfson, CEO and founder of Motion Skills, was inspired by every parent's nightmare, when his son was able to get behind the wheel of his car after only completing a simple multiple choice driving test. Kris realized his son had absolutely no knowledge in regards to driving, beyond having memorized the answers to state laws and basic driving rules. Though his son knew the basic rules of the road, the multiple choice test did not prepare him to handle a multi-ton automobile in traffic on an open road. The main focus for Kris is to save lives by teaching skills that address the most frequent types of accidents today’s teen drivers are involved in. Motion Skills hopes to be another voice of reason that stresses the importance of being able to handle common driving distractions.

    While Kris spent many years as an engineer in San Diego, he always found time to race go-karts and cars, both off-road and motocross. For the past eight years he’s focused teaching in public schools and as a youth minister at his church. His wife Christy has worked in the bio tech industry for the past twenty years. Together, they have two children. Christy noted that “Kris’ years teaching in public school and youth ministry provides the knowledge to connect with teens and to be an effective instructor when it comes to classroom education, comprehension and retention.” [Full Story]