Why car seats and bulky coats are an unsafe, wintry mix

The dangers of winter coats and car seats: What parents need to knowPuffy winter coats affect how the harness in a car seat fits your child. The extra padding added by a coat makes it impossible to get the harness to fit correctly.

Even though it might feel like the harness is snug, in a crash the extra material will compress, therefore making the harness too loose to be effective. Loose harness straps on a car seat …Click here to continue reading

Infographic: Tips for traveling with kids

Infographic: Tips for traveling with kidsSpring break is approaching, and a family trip might be in your future. Whether it’s a short trip to visit grandparents or a trip across the country, traveling with children sometimes can be challenging. If you’re planning a family trip, consider choosing a destination where …Click here to continue reading

Car seat safety: 3 easy steps to ensure your child is riding safely

Summer is almost officially here and that means many families will be hitting the road for summer vacation. Before you leave, make sure your family is riding safely.

As a child safety advocate and certified car seat technician, I meet many families who think their children are riding safely, but they’re not. The most frequent mistake I see …Click here to continue reading

TV tip-overs: What every parent needs to know

TV or furniture tip-over accidents can occur in the blink of an eye. They can have long-lasting — even deadly — consequences. Please watch the video above to learn how you …Click here to continue reading

Seven tips to keep your children safe on their walk to school

traffic safetyDid you know pedestrian injuries are the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related death among children ages 5 to 14?

Children younger than 10 never should cross the street alone. Make sure your children follow these safety guidelines when walking to school: …Click here to continue reading

Pizza topped with prevention may just save your life

Do you like pizza? Do you like fire trucks? If you answered yes, your family should participate in Delivering Fire Prevention.

It’s happening Thursday evening, Oct. 20, in communities across southeast Wisconsin. If you order a pizza for delivery and have children age 14 and younger, you may be chosen to have your community’s fire department deliver your pizza – in a fire truck with lights flashing and horns blaring! …Continue reading this post

Spot your tot before starting your car

Just five seconds could save your child’s life. That’s how long it takes to walk around your car to check for children before starting the engine. In a rush to get to the store before it closes or in a frenzy to get to the airport before your flight leaves, the focus often is about what is in the car. With young children …Continue reading this post

Take simple steps to keep your child safe at home

More than 3 million children age 14 and younger are injured in accidents at home each year. Falls are the leading cause of non-fatal injuries to this age group. Fire, suffocation, drowning, choking, firearms and poisoning are among the leading causes for more than 2,000 accidental deaths each year. …Continue reading this post

Slow down in school zones! School is back in session

Across Wisconsin, families are gearing up for another school year. It’s a good time to remind drivers to slow down and be aware of your surroundings, especially in school zones. According to Safe Kids research, 1 in 6 drivers driving in school zones is distracted. In 2009, 13,000 pedestrians age 14 and younger were injured. …Continue reading this post

Safety tips that keep boating fun for the family

There are two “must do’s” every parent should be aware of when it comes to their children and boating safety:

  1. Make sure your child wears a life jacket properly.
  2. Actively supervise your children on the boat.

Drowning causes nearly three-fourths of boating accident deaths each year. On average, 84 percent of these victims were not using a life jacket. …Continue reading this post