Friday, July 25, 2014

Too darn hot

As temperatures are soaring, there has been more awareness about leaving children in parked cars. But did you know that even on cooler days leaving kids in a parked car can be dangerous?

Heat stroke is the second leading cause of non-traffic fatalities among US children, second only to backovers (where drivers unknowingly run over children while backing up a vehicle.)  Ninety percent of the children who die of heat stroke in cars are aged 3 years and younger.

Little bodies heat up fast—at 3 to 5 times the rate of adults’ bodies—putting children at high risk for heat stroke.  A child whose core body temperature reaches 107°F experiences cell death and organ shutdown, leading to death.

In 2005 some researchers measured the temperature rise in a dark sedan on 16 different clear, sunny days, ranging in temperature from 72°F to 96°F.  The study found that the rate of temperature rise inside the car didn't depend on how hot it was outside. On average, the increase was 3.2°F every 5 minutes, and 80% of the temperature rise occurred during the first 30 minutes.

How hot the care eventually got depended on how hot it was outside, but even at 72°F, the internal temperature reached 117°F.6 The researchers noted that, on average, internal temperatures increased 40°F.
Leaving the windows cracked open did not significantly slow the heating process or decrease the maximum temperature.

Even with outside temperatures as low as in the 60s, a car can heat up to much higher than 110°F.

So what is a parent to do? First (obviously) don't knowingly leave your children in the car. But many of the cases of heat stroke or death occurred when parents forgot about their child in the back seat. David Diamond, PhD, a leading expert said, "“The first thing to this happens to all kinds of people. This does not seem to target irresponsible people. It targets people who, in fact, are aware of this phenomenon. There are quite a few parents who have learned of other parents leaving kids in cars, and they judge them very harshly. Those are the very same parents who then forget their kids and their kids die. So, no one is immune from making this memory error. I tell people, if you’re human and have ever forgotten anything (if you satisfy those 2 criteria), then you can forget a child in a car.”

 The problem seems to occur when parents depart from their normal habits or daily patterns. For example, a parent who doesn’t normally take his or her child to daycare, but does on that one day, is more likely to forget that child in the car, Diamond explains.“From a neuroscientific perspective, forgetting a child is [like] when you’re driving home from work and you intend to stop along the way just to go to the store, and you forget to go the store. You just drive home.”

The question remains, what is a parent to do? Most importantly, recognize that anyone can inadvertently leave their child in the car. There are some products out there that may also be helpful. Here's one that looks promising.  

A few more tips:

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Safe Kids Worldwide, and their safety partners recommend that people transporting children take these steps:
-Never leave children alone in or around cars, not even for a minute.
-Put something you'll need such as your cell phone, handbag, employee ID, or briefcase on the floorboard in the back seat.
-Get in the habit of always opening the back door of your vehicle every time you reach your destination to make sure no child has been left behind. This will soon become a habit. NHTSA calls this the “Look Before You Lock” campaign.
-Keep a large stuffed animal in the child's car seat when it’s not occupied. When the child is placed in the seat, put the stuffed animal in the front passenger seat. It's a visual reminder that any time the stuffed animal is up front, you know the child is in the back seat in a child safety seat.
-Make arrangements with your child’s daycare center or babysitter that you will always call if your child will not be there on a particular day as scheduled.
-Keep vehicles locked at all times, even in the garage or driveway, and always set your parking brake.
-Keys and/or remote openers should never be left within reach of children.
-Make sure all child passengers have left the vehicle after it is parked.
-When a child is missing, check vehicles and car trunks immediately.
-If you see a child alone in a vehicle, get involved. If the child looks hot or appears to be sick, get the child out as quickly as possible. Call 911 or your local emergency number immediately.
-Be especially careful about keeping children safe in and around cars during busy times, schedule changes, and periods of crisis or holidays.
-Use drive through services when available (eg, restaurants, banks, pharmacies, dry cleaners).
-Use a debit or credit card to pay for gas at the pump.

 Keep those kids safe! Happy Summer!

ACT for Safety
Safe Kids Worldwide recommends that caregivers use the acronym ACT as a safety reminder:
A: Avoid heat stroke-related injury and death by never leaving your child alone in a car, not even for a minute. Also, make sure to keep your car locked when you’re not in it so kids don’t get in on their own.
C: Create reminders by putting something on the back seat of your car next to your child such as a briefcase, a purse, or a cell phone that is needed at your final destination. This is especially important if you’re not following your normal routine.
T: Take action. If you see a child alone in a car, call 911.
Safe Kids Worldwide.

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

1 More Day!

1 more day until our Bike Fair!

Come and join us for some fun!! 

Friday, June 20, 2014

Bike Safety Fair

It is almost here!!!


Monday, June 9, 2014

Dear 16-year-old Me

Welcome Summer! I know I have put this on the blog twice already, but if you have teenagers who are craving that golden bronze tan, please have them watch it.


Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Iodine Supplements for Pregnant or Nursing Mothers

The AAP released new recommendations that pregnant or nursing women should get an extra boost of iodine. About 150 mcg via a supplement. It is thought to help in the development of your child's brain. In the past, American's got plenty of iodine in salt. But since much of our salt consumption comes from processed foods that are not supplemented with iodine, there is concern that iodine levels may be lower than is ideal.

You can read more here.

Monday, May 19, 2014

New Cell Phone Laws in Utah


A new law going into effect last Tuesday will add tighter restrictions on what a person can and cannot do with their cell phone while driving their car. 
While it was already illegal in Utah to send a text message while driving, the new law will update Utah's code to also restrict practices such as playing games, checking a Facebook status, and reading or writing an email on a cell phone while driving.
Basically, if drivers are doing anything other than using the device for a phone, they might be cited for using their cell phone illegally. The only exception is if the phone is being used for directions via GPS. 
"They can use it for navigating, but people cannot read, write or send communications, dial a number, surf the Internet, view or record a video or enter data," said Rep. Don Ipson, R-St. George, the house floor sponsor of the legislation when it was up for final debate in March. 
Ipson explained the new law will give law enforcement officials more clarity on what can or cannot be done with a phone while behind the wheel. In the past police have struggled with the old law, which basically banned sending a text message while driving, because drivers could say they were checking an email or playing a game and not texting. 
The new law is a primary offense, and violators could be charged a $100 fine if caught using their phone unlawfully.  
Sgt. Todd Royce with the Utah Highway Patrol explained the new law will require many Utahns to change their cell phone behavior. He said UHP is planning to emphasize education at first when pulling over drivers in the coming weeks who are using their phone illegally, meaning more warnings will be written than actual tickets. 
Royce also noted the law clearly states an individual's car has to be in motion to be violating the law.

(original article found here)

Monday, May 12, 2014

Bike Safety Fair

Now that the sun is out and school is coming to a close, it is time to dust off the kids' bikes and
May is Bike Safety month and Southpoint will be holding a
Bike Safety Fair
Saturday, June 28th
Come and have fun with us and learn all about bike safety. We are holding a bicycle safety clinic featuring:
-Bike safety stations for the older kids including a track to practice traffic laws.
-Bike courses for the younger kids to ride and learn skills and practice bike safety.
-Helmet fitting and prizes.
-Minor bike maintenance assistance.
-Raffle for 3 bikes!!!!
Don't miss:
-Princesses (to be announced) will be there to sign autographs and take pictures.
-Face painting
-Purchase breakfast fromThe Matterhorn French Toast Food Truck.
Put June 28th at Southpoint on your calendar!!
SPONSORED BY: Jerk Bikes, UDOT, and
Salt Lake County "Safe Kids"