July 31, 2014 is National Heatstroke Prevention Day. Pro Consumer Safety reminds parents to never leave a child along in a motor vehicle. And while summer is a time for outdoors we offer a second reminder to keep children well hydrated with proper liquid and foods while hiking and during physical activity.

Children, Heat & Cars

Between January to August 2014, fourteen children younger than 2-years of age died from being left alone in a motor vehicle. 
On average, nearly every week in the U.S. a child under the age of two dies from being left alone in a car.  Why does this happen? Cases have confirmed over half of cases the parent forgot the child was in the vehicle; 29% the child was playing in an unlocked, unattended vehicle, and 19% the parent left the child, then got distracted and forgot the child.

Earlier in 2014, Pro Consumer Safety released guidelines for parents, caregivers and other adults to help keep children safe. These guidelines include 4-steps to success to help prevent these deaths:
  1. Never leave  child alone in a motor  vehicle, not even for a minute (it is illegal in many states-see link to website for these states). Remember to take your child with you first before leaving your car.
  2. Leave Reminders  on the floor by the baby (briefcase, purse, cell phone-something needed at your final destination). Especially important during a change in routine from day care to workplace. Request your day care provider to call you anytime the baby does not show up. This prevents forgetfulness during a change in routine.
  3. Lock Your Car: Keep your car locked when you’re not in it so children are unable to climb in on their own.
  4. Call 911: If you see a child alone in a motor vehicle, call 911. Save a Life, Save a Child!

Keeping Kids Hydrated

Keep children well hydrated when in the outdoors and during physical activity with the appropriate types of liquids and foods.
When children participate in physical activities from hiking to playing sports for example, keeping well hydrated is important. Never wait until the child is thirsty for example. Maintaining proper electrolytes is necessary to prevent dehydration and heat-related illness.

Hydration:
  • Water (not sweetened fruit or energy drinks or soda)
Energy:
  • Nuts/trail mix (nuts, seeds, dried fruit, M & M’s)
  • Dried fruit (raisins, apples, pears, peaches, bananas)
  • Raw fruit/vegetables
  • Nutrition bars (Tiger's Milk Bars, power bars, Cliff Bars, etc.) See more by visiting the link below.

 
 
Children and hot cars don't mix! Pro Consumer Safety provides guidelines for prevention and educational material to help prevent these 100% preventable deaths. On average nearly every week in the United States a child under the age of two dies of hyperthermia from  being left alone in a motor vehicle.  

In over half of these confirmed deaths, the parent forgot their child was in the car. This is usually from a change of routine.  In 29% of cases the child was playing in an unlocked vehicle then got locked in, and 19% of cases the parent left the child for a moment then got distracted and forgot their child. Parents and caregivers need to understand that the body of a baby can heat up 3-5 times faster than that of an adult. As a result children should NEVER be left alone in a motor vehicle.

Pro Consumer Safety urges parents, caregivers and other adults to practice the following guidelines to help keep children safe:
  1. Never leave  child alone in a motor  vehicle, not even for a minute  (in 19 states it is illegal to leave a child alone in a motor vehicle. See link to laws below). Take your child with you first before leaving your car. 
  2. Leave Reminders: After you buckle your child up in their appropriate child safety restraint, leave reminders on the back floor next to your child, such as a briefcase, a purse or a cell phone (something needed at your final destination). This is especially important if you’re not following your normal routine such as a different parent taking the baby to day care. Also request that your day care provider or babysitter call you anytime the baby does not show up. This prevents forgetfulness during a change in routine.
  3. Lock Your Car: Keep your car locked when you’re not in it so children are unable to climb in on their own.
  4. Call 911: If you see a child alone in a motor vehicle, call 911. Emergency personnel want you to call. They are trained to respond to these situations. One call could save a life.

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FACT SHEET (click above to download)

For more information or media advisory contact Pro Consumer Safety
323-491-6197
 
 
The recent incident of the 13-year-old girl who's mobile phone burst into flames under her pillow while she was sleeping, brings up the need for parents to follow the Guidelines for Parents: Electronic Devices, published by Pro Consumer Safety.

While this incident warns of using unauthorized accessories for smartphones, this also shows parents why it is important to set rules for use among older children and younger teens with electronic devices. To assist parents in establishing and practicing rules for their children, e
arlier this summer Pro Consumer Safety issued new guidelines for parents on the use of electronic devices for older children and teens. These guidelines help to reduce the potential injury risks among children and teens from the use of electronic devices. 

Pro Consumer Safety advises the parents of older children and younger teens to follow the recently released guidelines. These guidelines are available for download and distribution. 

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Download the Guidelines for Parents: Electronic Devices below and visit our social media sites for additional parenting information.
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It is recommended to have your infant car seat installed in your vehicle at 32 weeks (8th month). However it is all too often that time runs out and before you know it you are within days of delivery and your car seat has yet to be installed and has been installed but still needs to be checked by a certified technician. 

As a service of Pro Consumer Safety, Pro Car Seat Safety provides a mobile service in the Los Angeles county area to install your car seat and educate you so you know how to not only install it correctly, but fasten your child appropriately and know how to remove and re-install it correctly when needed. But we also provide an emergency service to install and educate you on your car seat. Just give us a call and we can come to you usually within hours of your call, whether at your home or even in some cases at the hospital (however because not all seats fit in every vehicle it is best not to wait until you are at the hospital, but if that is the case we will do our best and provide you with appropriate recommendations).

Pro Car Seat Safety is here when you need, anytime or for emergency purposes, because having your car seat installed correctly, knowing how to install and use it properly is one of the most important things you can have ready for your new baby. 

Give us a all at 323-491-6197
It is true that most car seats are not installed or are being used correctly. Have your seat checked by a certified technician to make sure your baby is riding safe from the start!

 
 
Whether you are hosting a home poolside barbecue or away from home at an Independence Day celebration keep in mind 4th of July safety reminders so you can enjoy your 4th activities.

Fireworks               
  • Most firework-related injuries happy to preteens and teens
  • Sparklers burn between 1200 to 2000 degrees and nearly half of injuries are among toddlers
  • Fireworks are illegal in many cities
  • Leave "fireworks" to the professionals & visit a professional firework show. Read more . . . 

Fireworks & Pets 
  • Most pets run away on July 4th
  • Keep ID collar on your pet
  • Exercise them before fireworks
  • Keep your pet with you
  • Read more . . . 

BBQ  & Grilling   
  • July is the highest month of grill related fires
  • Keep grill away from the house, deck railings & out from under eaves & overhanging branches & trees
  • Keep children & pets at least three feet away form the grill area
  •  Remove grease or fat buildup on the grill & tray below the grill
  • If clothing catches fire, remember Stop, Drop, & Roll!
  • Never leave grill unattended
  • Read more . . . 

Pools  
  • Most drownings happen in private pools & during pool parties
  • Many children how have drowned were being watched by an adult 
  • Use the "Water Watcher Tag" for your poolside party today & everyday
  • Read more . . . 

At the Beach                  
  • Never swim alone
  • Swim near an open lifeguard station
  • Wear sunscreen  & lip protection (waterproof if in the water often)
  • Drink plenty of water-stay hydrates on a hot day
  • Read more . . . 

Boating

Pro Consumer Safety wishes you a safe and happy 4th of July!