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Some child safety recommendations pass the test of time, but other seem to change every year. Safe Kids Coordinator Erika Janes clears up the confusion with five simple tips.

2013 Top Ten Safety Resolutions for Children

Erika G. Janes, RN, Coordinator
Safe Kids Louisville, a program led by Kosair Children's Hospital

  1. Always make sure babies sleep Alone, on their Back in a Crib for every nap and at night! Keep cribs bare of all things other than the baby!
  2. Properly secure all children younger than 13 in a back seat for every ride in the car. Keep children in the right type of car seat or booster seat until adult lap and shoulder belts fit them correctly which is approximately 4'9" tall and 80 pounds. It's not only the law but it is their life!
  3. Make sure your child correctly wears a helmet and other protective gear every time they bike, skate, skateboard, scooter or ride a horse.
  4. Teach children to cross streets at corners. Always look left, right and left again before crossing and continue to watch as they cross. Make sure children younger than 10 always cross streets with an adult!
  5. Turn your water heater temperature down to 120 degrees or the "warm" setting to prevent tap water scald burns. Install smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors on every level of your home and outside of every sleeping area. Unless you have a 10-year lithium detector, change the batteries twice a year and test them monthly.
  6. Actively supervise your children when they are playing in or near water.
  7. Always make sure your children wear life jackets when riding on boats or playing in or near open bodies of water.
  8. Keep small items such as toy parts, coins, buttons, beads and small batteries (key fobs, remotes!) away from children under age 5.
  9. Keep poisonous items such as medicines and cleaners locked up, away and out of reach of children.
  10. Don't let children play in driveways, streets or parking lots. Always walk around your car before you get in and drive off to make sure there are no children or toys behind your car!

The Children's Hospital Foundation Office of Child Advocacy takes pride in being the voice for all children. We believe that through prevention, intervention and education we can have a positive impact on child safety, influence policies that affect children and their families, and provide health education to enhance our communities, families, and the lives of all children.

In 2013, The Office of Child Advocacy will continue to provide existing programs and maintain cohesive partnerships, while focusing additional efforts on legislative, hospital and communities needs. Listed below are highlights of ongoing advocacy efforts.

Safety

  • Bicycle Rodeos
  • Car Seat Checks: Schedule a car seat check by a certified child passenger safety technician. For an appointment, call the Office of Child Advocacy of Kosair Children's Hospital at (502) 629-7358.  
  • Caught Being Safe Water Safety Program
  • Fatal Vision Classes
  • Hazard House Fire Prevention Classes 
  • Safe Kids Walk This Way
  • Safe to Sleep
  • Safety City
  • Shaken Baby Syndrome Pilot Program

Promoting Health

  • Asthma 1-2-3
  • Children’s and Hospital Week
  • Healthy Hometown/Healthy for Life Obesity Prevention Program
  • Healthy Start
  • HPSE Pedometer Program
  • Kohl’s Fun-tastic Fitness Program

Partnerships

  • American Heart Association
  • Emergency Medical Services for Children
  • Greater Louisville Association of Realtors
  • Jefferson County Public Schools
  • Louisville Health Department
  • Louisville Fire Department
  • Louisville Metro Police Department
  • Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky
  • Safe Kids Coalition
  • Texas Roadhouse
  • University of Louisville Forensics
  • YMCA of Greater Louisville 

Government Relations

  • Support for House Bill 285
  • Support for  Protecting in-state Medicaid dollars

The Office of Child Advocacy is funded by generous donations to the Children's Hospital Foundation. Make a donation now to support these efforts or contact the foundation at (502) 629-8060.