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Happy 5 Years Pediatric Safety! Time to Celebrate (GIVEAWAY)

Last updated on August 16th, 2014 at 10:03 pm

July 17, 2009

Happy Birthday PedSafeCan it possibly be 5 years since Pediatric Safety was born?  It feels like just yesterday…yet so much has changed since then, and is continuing to change even as we  speak.

Back in 2009, our goal was to create a place where everyone who cares about children’s health and safety could get together to stay informed on all the topics that have the potential to affect them and the children in their care.  We wanted to make a difference. It didn’t take long to realize that we couldn’t do it on our own.

So we reached out – to parents and doctors and nurses and emergency responders and teachers – to child safety experts around the world – and we asked them for help.  And some truly amazing people stepped in to share the journey with us.  A pediatrician, a child psychology and bullying prevention expert, a water safety specialist, a family dentist, an EMS safety specialist,  a special needs parenting expert, and a food allergy specialist – all volunteered their time to help make this site a community where you can find answers and hopefully give answers to others when they need them. Together we’ve shared almost a thousand posts and ten thousand tweets about child health and safety.

And we are just getting started!   

Over the next couple of months you’re going to see some wonderful changes here at PedSafe, starting with our most exciting addition – the inclusion of NHS Choices articles on Pediatric Safety.  NHS Choices is the UK’s biggest, most comprehensive health information website. The articles we will be sharing with you span the full range of child health and safety issues: from living with disabilities to surviving childhood bullying; from adoption and fostering to puberty and talking about sex; from asthma and allergies to health and fitness.

We are also thrilled to announce that over the next couple of months Pediatric Safety will be getting a “makeover”. I could tell you what our plans are but then we’d have to kill you but we’d rather show you.  What I will say is that we’ve listened to what you – our readers – have been telling us you need, and our goal is to make sure you know you’ve been heard.  Hopefully you’ll see that as we roll out the next generation of Pediatric Safety.

For now, we’d like you to invite you to join us as we celebrate our 5 Year Bloggiversary

In honor of our 5 years together, we’re going to take  a “look back” at our favorite stories from the past 5 years, and a “look ahead” with a little giveaway to celebrate our future together. Now the “look back” part is pretty self-explanatory…but our “look ahead” could use a little more explaining – so here goes  

Introducing Pediatric Safety’s “TIME TO CELEBRATE” Giveaway

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  • For 4 runners-up – to thank you for sharing these past 5 years with us, we’d like to give you each a $10 Starbucks gift card.
  • And for our first place winner – in honor of our next 5 years together, we’d like to give you a $30 Amazon gift card.

Here’s How it Works:

For your MANDATORY ENTRY:

  • Follow the Pediatric Safety Community 

For your BONUS ENTRIES:

  • Tweet about this contest
  • Like our Facebook page
  • Leave a Comment on this Post 
  • Leave a Meaningful Comment on one of our “Look Back” posts
  • Blog about this giveawayy

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Finally  we’d like to thank all of you who have taken this journey with us.  At its heart, Pediatric Safety is a place where people can support each other – the village needed to raise a child. If we’ve been able to accomplish even a little of that, then this has been 5 years well spent.  We look forward to sharing the days ahead. – with love and gratitude from Stefanie, Audra and Jim

It’s Our 2 Yr Bloggiversary! Join Our “Help Save a Child” Giveaway!

Last updated on March 3rd, 2018 at 11:36 am

We want to jump up and down and shout from the rooftops…
It’s been 2 YEARS since we launched Pediatric Safety!!

Back in 2009, our goal was to create a place where everyone who cares about children’s health and safety could get together to stay informed on the topics that have the potential to affect them and the children in their care. Since our launch, we’ve had the fortune to meet and work with some wonderful folks – a pediatrician, a nurse and child safety expert, a family psychologist, a water safety specialist, a dentist, an environmental safety lawyer, an EMS safety specialist and a special needs parenting expert – all of whom volunteered their time to help make this site a community where you can find answers and hopefully give answers to others when they need them.  At it’s heart, it’s a place where people can support each other – the village needed to raise a child.  If we’ve been able to accomplish even a little of that, then this has been 2 years well spent

So where does this “Giveaway” thing come in???   We want to celebrate…and we’re hoping you’ll join us AND maybe help save a child’s life all at the same time!   🙂

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, (NCMEC), is a private, nonprofit organization created over 25 years ago to serve as the nation’s resource on the issues of missing and sexually exploited children.. As of 1984, police could enter information about stolen cars, stolen guns, and even stolen horses into the FBI’s national crime computer – but not stolen children. That is no longer the case. Thanks to NCMEC, more missing children come home safely today and more is being done today to protect children than anytime in the nation’s history.  And in light of the recent tragedy in New York where a young boy was abducted and killed after getting lost on his way home from camp, we’d like to lend them a hand…

Introducing: Pediatric Safety’s “Help Save a Child and We ALL Win” Giveaway

Something for the kids…and a little something for you too!!

  • For each person who signs up to join the Pediatric Safety community, we will donate $1 to NCMEC
  • And for two first place winners – to thank you for helping us celebrate 2 years of making a difference, we’d like to give you each
    a $25 Amazon gift card.

Here’s How it Works:

For your MANDATORY ENTRY:

  • Register to join the Pediatric Safety Community by clicking here and select “I just joined” on the form below. . If you are already a member of Pediatric Safety, then select “I am already registered” on the form below Also, it’s not required but we’d love if you leave us a comment below.

For your BONUS ENTRIES:

  • Retweet one of the following:
    • “Amazon gift card 4 u & $1 for Nat’l Center for Miss & Exploited Children! Help celebrate our 2 yr Bloggiversary http://tinyurl.com/3m3f3m5”  (you may tweet this once daily = 1 entry)
    • “Help celebrate 2 yrs for @pediatricsafety! Join us & we’ll donate $1 to the Nat’l Ctr for Miss & Exploit Children http://tinyurl.com/3m3f3m5” (you may tweet this once daily = 1 entry)
  • Click on the “Share This” at the bottom of this post & submit this to your favorite social network  (= 1 entry)
  • Blog about this giveaway and link to this post http://tinyurl.com/3m3f3m5  (=2 entries)

Below you will find our CONTEST ENTRY FORM. After you have completed either your MANDATORY entry or one of the BONUS entries please fill this out.  For simplicity you can use this form for each bonus entry – simply skip the mandatory entry box and check the “bonus entry” box

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Contest Rules:

Giveaway is open to readers in the USA and Canada only. Giveaway starts Tuesday July 19, 2011 (our Bloggiversary) and ends at 5pm EST Friday July 29, 2011.  Please fill out a separate form for the mandatory entry and for each bonus entry so we can make sure each entry gets counted. (…that means if you completed a bonus that has 2 entries, please submit 2 forms). Please make sure each form has your name and a valid email address. Winner chosen using random.org. You will have 48 hours to email us if you win.  Good Luck to all entrants!

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**THE GIVEAWAY HAS NOW CLOSED**

Our 2 Winners are:

#17 Paul Shearer

#12 Christel Ide

Thank you to all participants!

Amber Alerts Go Wireless – Register Today!

Last updated on September 20th, 2018 at 03:48 pm

In the 25 years since the founding of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, AMBER Alerts have helped to safely recover more than 495 children. Wireless AMBER Alerts are a new nationwide initiative to distribute AMBER Alerts to wireless subscribers who opt in to receive the messages – in essence, subscribers become the “on-the-street” eyes and ears of law enforcement.

abducted baby on boardWhen a child is abducted, the first three hours are the most critical to recovery efforts. Passing a road sign displaying an AMBER Alert provides a single, one-time point of information. Wireless AMBER Alerts on the other hand have the potential to reach more than 242 million wireless subscribers with information that can be repeatedly referenced, making identification easier and greatly improving law enforcement’s ability to bring abducted children home quickly and safely.

Wireless subscribers capable of receiving text messages and those whose providers participate in the initiative can sign up to receive free text message AMBER Alerts in one of three easy ways:

  • Text AMBER followed by a space and five-digit ZIP code to AMBER (26237); (available for most eligible wireless subscribers);
  • Visit www.wirelessamberalerts.org **or
  • Register on your carrier’s web site.

Register today and join those who have already signed up for Wireless AMBER Alerts™ and help bring an abducted child home safely. Click here for more information about this critical program.

**EDITOR’S NOTE:  On December 31, 2012 the Wireless AMBER Alert program was retired in favor of the Wireless Emergency Alert program

 

…Finally to help us help as many kids as possible…

Introducing: Wireless AMBER Alerts – Bring Them Home Safely Contest

For two first place winners – to thank you for helping us support NCMEC’s efforts to bring abducted children home safely – a holiday full of Starbucks cheer (or $15 worth on a Starbucks card)

And Here’s How it Works:

Below you will find our CONTEST ENTRY FORM.  It  includes our MANDATORY entry for the contest as well as the opportunity for you to enter a BONUS entry…For simplicity (and so that you can tweet multiple times) you can use this form for each bonus entry, however, if this is an additional entry, please check the box saying this an additional entry so we know you have already completed your mandatory entry requirement

For your MANDATORY ENTRY:

Register for Wireless AMBER Alerts here, fill in the form for your mandatory entry and please leave us a comment below.

For your BONUS ENTRIES:

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  1. Retweet the following #PedSafe Starbucks Giveaway! Register for Wireless Amber Alerts today & help bring an abducted child home safely! http://ow.ly/39BSa Plz RT!” (you may tweet once daily = 1 entry)
  2. Click on the “Share This” at the bottom of this post & submit this to your favorite social network (= 1 entry)
  3. Join our community at the top right of every page or click here:  ( = 2 entries)
  4. Blog about this giveaway and link to this post http://ow.ly/39BSa (=3 entries)

Contest Rules:

Giveaway is open to USA and Canada readers only. Giveaway starts Monday November 15, 2010 and ends at noon EST Friday November 26, 2010.  Please fill out a separate form for the mandatory entry and each bonus entry so we can make sure each entry gets counted. (…that means if you completed a bonus that has 3 entries, please submit 3 forms). Please make sure each form has your name and a valid email address.  You will have 48 hours to email me if you win. Winner chosen using random.org. Good Luck to all entrants!

Enjoy an Eggnog or Gingerbread Latte on us knowing your efforts may help a child get home for the holidays.

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Our two winners are:

  • Lisa Moore Gee and
  • Julie Maloney

Thanks everyone for helping us to bring abducted children home safely!!!

Safe Sizer Choking Prevention Plate – Our Story and Giveaway

Last updated on March 3rd, 2018 at 03:29 pm

I’m David Zak, the inventor of the Safe Sizer™ choking prevention plate and the dad of 3 beautiful kids aged 2 to 8. Now, I don’t consider myself an overprotective parent. When my kids are playing I don’t rush to them every time they fall down. But I do worry about the big things. Those potentially fatal but very preventable “accidents” that can happen so easily if you’re not careful. Choking on food is one of those things.

When my oldest was beginning to eat solid foods, I knew I was supposed to cut it up into really small pieces to reduce his risk of choking. But I was always asking myself “How small is small?” I should also mention that I’m a former engineer, and I simply needed a little more precision than “small”.

Safe Sizer plate1So, I did some research. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 75 children under the age of 14 die in the US every year from choking on food and about 7,500 are treated in emergency rooms. These are senseless and preventable tragedies. Additionally, the CDC data shows children under 2 years have the highest rates of choking deaths in this group, but children up to 4 years are still particularly vulnerable because they lack a full set of teeth.

I also found a recommendation regarding food size to reduce the risk of choking. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that children younger than 4 years old not be fed any round, firm food unless it is cut into pieces no larger than one-half inch in any direction.

You think you know how small one-half inch is until you start trying to cut up pieces of food to that size. It’s smaller than you think. At least, it’s smaller than we thought. And, my wife Susie and I thought, maybe this is smaller than most people would expect. If most people have even heard of this guideline…and it’s pretty important. Nobody we knew had, and we thought they should.

As I thought about how to get this information out to more people, I kept coming back to the small objects test cylinder developed by the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC). The cylinder’s purpose is to show parents what objects are too small to give a child under 3 because it could block the child’s windpipe. If a toy fits in the cylinder than it fails. As a matter of fact, if a toy fails this test it is required to have a label on its packaging stating it is a potential choking hazard. So why not a test cylinder for food?

But food is a little different. You want it to be swallowed, so here smaller is better. But there is one big advantage with food that I thought would make a test cylinder idea work even better than it does for toys. Food is typically served in pretty standard ways. There’s usually either a plate or a placemat or a tray or some other type of tableware. So a food test cylinder could always be right in front of you if it was built into the tableware itself.

So I invented the Safe Sizer™ .  It is a ½ inch diameter ring that could potentially be put anywhere and on anything on which children can be served food, in orderSafe Sizer plate 3 to:

  1. inform those who don’t know about the one-half inch size recommendation
  2. remind those who do to follow it at the exact place and time when they need the reminder
  3. provide a test gauge to accurately measure bite sizes to one-half inch or less

After striking out multiple times trying to convince some large manufacturers of children’s tableware that the Safe Sizer™  was a good idea, Susie and I decided we would just do it ourselves. We formed a company and called it Midwest Monkeys® after our 3 monkeys who were all born in the Midwest. We live in Albuquerque now so it was also a way of bringing a piece of our personal history with us.

Over the next year and a half we joined the major industry group, the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA), met a great product designer, developed, tested, and finally produced our first product that incorporated the Safe Sizer™ feature. We designed a set of three colorful melamine plastic plates with a 3-dimensional raised ring version of the Safe Sizer™  built right into the plate. To use the 3-dimensional Safe Sizer™  feature on the plates, the parent or grandparent or babysitter or any caregiver serving a child a meal simply places a piece of cut up food inside the raised ring, turns it to ensure the piece fits in every direction without going over the sides, and then hands over the plate to the child..

While we could have put the Safe Sizer™  feature on any number of different tableware, the plastic plate made the most sense. It is probably the most commonly used serving dish for kids and plastic allowed us to mold the feature right into plate making it permanent. By using melamine plastic, we also got a very durable, dishwasher safe, and food safe plastic. Lastly, we tested at the CPSIA accredited Intertek Labs to ensure that the Safe Sizer™  plates were fully compliant with the Consumer Products Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) of 2008). They  meet or exceed all standards for lead, phthalates, and melamine plastics.

The Safe Sizer™  choking prevention plates have been available since January 2009 and the response has been wonderful. We’ve gotten a lot of feedback from parents about how their kids don’t want to use any other plate and how they love putting food in the Safe Sizer™ to show their parents that the food is the right size! We’ve been mentioned in numerous articles, on TV, and in mom blogs. We’re particularly proud of the awards we’ve won including iParenting Media, The National Parenting Center, PTPA (Parent Tested, Parent Approved), and Creative Child Magazine. But what we’re most proud of is that maybe we’ll help prevent one of those 75 kids and their parents from suffering a senseless tragedy.

HEALTHFUL HINTS

Choking Prevention Guidelines

Here are some great guidelines on food choking prevention from the American Academy of Pediatrics. I would encourage all parents and caregivers to look at their site (Parenting Corner Q&A: Choking Prevention) for more information.

  1. Always supervise your children while eating
  2. Insist that kids are sitting while eating. No walking, running, playing, or lying down.
  3. Avoid the foods that kids most commonly choke on: hot dogs, nuts & seeds, chunks of meat & cheese, whole grapes, hard or gooey or sticky candy, popcorn, chunks of peanut butter, raw vegetables, raisins, and chewing gum.
  4. Cut food for infants and young children into pieces no larger than one-half inch, and teach them to chew their food well

***Introducing our: “SAFE SIZER PLATES FOR FEWER CHOKING KIDS” Giveaway!***

The Prize:  

For  3 winners: you may each choose your favorite 2 plates  *PLUS*  a wildcard (1 extra winner) – see below for details

And here’s how it works: Safe Sizer plate2

Below you will find a PEDIATRIC SAFETY CONTEST ENTRY FORM. It includes 2 MANDATORY entries for the contest as well as the opportunity for you to enter BONUS entries…

For simplicity (and so that you can tweet multiple times) you can use this form for each entry, however you must fill out a separate form for each entry for it to count!

How to enter:

For your Mandatory Entry: You MUST do these 2 things FIRST or no other entries will count!

  1. We at Midwest Monkeys need your help. We’re trying to make some improvements to our website but we’re not really sure where to start. So please go to our site, come back here and tell us on the form below what you’d suggest we do to make the site better. We’re looking for real suggestions that show us you’ve actually gone to the site….plus…we have a surprise for you…the BEST suggestion will win our “wildcard prize”…a single plate of your choice in addition to the ones we already mentioned – and we’re choosing this winner! (1 entry)
  2. Tell us which 2 plates you like best so we know which ones to send when YOU WIN (1 entry)

For your Bonus entries:

  1. Follow @pediatricsafety on twitter and tweet the following: “I just entered a SafeSizer Choking Prevention Plate Giveaway @PediatricSafety http://bit.ly/mcrTp 3 winners! Safer kids! Great Idea!” 
  2. OR Toddlers need to eat food in pieces <1/2″. SafeSizer plates make that easy! http://bit.ly/mcrTp Giveaway w/ 3+ winners RT @PediatricSafety” (you may tweet both: 1 entry for each per day)

  3. Blog about our story and giveaway on your own site and link to this post http://bit.ly/mcrTp. (2 entries – please submit 2 forms)
  4. Join the Pediatric Safety community using the “Join our Community” button.  (4 entries – please submit 4 forms)

**CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 4 WINNERS **

Our 3 Main Contest Winners – Win 2 Plates Each:

  1. Traci Fritz #62 – with a Bonus Entry:  joined the Pediatric Safety site
  2. Stephanie Clark #77 – with a Mandatory Entry #1: website suggestion
  3. Katrina Brandenburg #31 – with a Mandatory Entry #2: which 2 plates she wanted if she won

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Our Wildcard Winners – Wins Their Choice of Plate for the Most Helpful Website Suggestion

  • Kristen Chumley – I think the theme should be circles. Maybe you could make the navbar circles instead of a single rectangle. Show the 3 styles of plates and when you scroll over them, there could be a zoom feature for users to check out the safe sizer. Another idea would be to have a video demonstation so people could see how useful it is to get a visual guide of 1/2″.

Contest Rules:

Giveaway is open to USA and Canada readers only. Giveaway ends at noon EST Friday Sept 11, 2009. Please fill out a separate form for each entry with your name and a valid email address so we can make sure each entry gets counted. You will have 48 hours to email pediatricsafety.net if you win. 3 winners chosen using random.org for the main prizes; 1 winner chosen by Midwest Monkeys for the wildcard prize. Good Luck to all entrants!

 

Miley Cyrus & Pediatric Safety: A winning ticket!

Last updated on March 5th, 2018 at 07:57 am

badgesquareWe finally did it!

 After countless hours of planning and testing and developing – we finally think we’ve put together a site where everyone who cares about children’s health and safety – (parents and doctors and nurses and emergency responders and teachers…to name a few) – can get together to stay informed on the child health safety topics that have the potential to affect us and the children in our care.

A place where we can show each other some of the ideas that we as caregivers had, and then later turned into products and services that help keep kids healthier and safer; and a forum where we’ve been fortunate to have some experts (pediatricians, pediatric nurses, an EMS safety expert, and a specialist in keeping home & kids toxic chemical-free) who have kindly volunteered time to help out with an open exchange of questions and ideas.

It’s a place where hopefully each of you can find answers and in turn give answers to others who need them. It’s a community where people can support each other… and it’s yours.   

So where does this contest thing come in???   Well how do you get to know a new place unless you explore??? And we WANT you to get to know this one – and tell others about it. …And THAT’s where this contest thing comes in   🙂

Introducing:  Miley Cyrus & Pediatric Safety: A winning ticket!

**contest extended two more weeks**:

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The prize: as a way of thanking our new friends…

  • For one lucky winner:   Two (2) tickets to see Miley Cyrus in concert on November 18th at Nassau Coliseum in New York        

  • For another lucky winner:  Two (2) tickets to see Miley Cyrus in concert on November 29th at Philips Arena in Atlanta, GA

And here’s how it works:

Below you will find our CONTEST ENTRY FORM. It includes our MANDATORY entry for the contest as well as the opportunity for you to enter a BONUS entry…

For simplicity (and so that you can tweet multiple times) you can use this form for each bonus entry, however if this is an additional entry, please check the box saying this an additional entry so we know you have already completed your mandatory entry requirement. Please note: you must fill out a separate form for the mandatory entry as well as for each bonus entry so we can make sure each entry gets counted.

Starting next Friday, and for each Friday after that we will post opportunities for you to earn additional BONUS entries. Each bonus entry will be listed for that 1 week and will only be good for that week. So be sure to check back each week for the bonus entries …and have fun!

For your MANDATORY ENTRY – YOU MUST DO THIS TO ENTER THE CONTEST:

Join our community (note: An email will be sent asking you to verify your membership – you must check your email & and click the link to verify membership )

For your BONUS ENTRIES FOR WEEKS 5 & 6:

  1.  Tweet the following “Hannah Montana / @MileyCyrus Concert tix Giveaway! Visit http://ow.ly/jS82 for details & plz RT @pediatricsafety #pedsafe” (You may tweet once daily = 1 entry)
  2. Share this contest on your favorite social networking site ” Click share at the bottom of the post and provide the URL where you shared it on the form (Each share = 1 entry)
  3.  Name and describe one post from the home page of the site Answer on the form below (Answer = 2 entries, so remember to submit 2 forms)
  4. Blog about this contest – including a request for your readers to tweet or blog about it. Include the blog URL on the form (Blogging = 2 entries, so remember to submit 2 forms)
  5. Join the ANSR for Kids (Ambulances Need Safety Regulations) cause on Facebook and send invites to your friends – help us spread the word that things have got to change http://apps.facebook.com/causes/299331?m=3f1cca43 (Join the cause = 3 entries, so remember to submit 3 forms)
  6. Sign the ANSR for Kids petition and leave a comment – help us tell Congress that Ambulances Need Safety Regulations for Kids http://www.rallycongress.com/pediatric-safety/2168/ansr-kids-ambulances-need-safety-regulations/ (Signing the petition = 3 entries, so remember to submit 3 forms)

Please note: Each contest (Atlanta and New York) requires a minimum of 20 valid participants for tickets to be awarded – see details in contest rules below

**CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2 WINNERS **

Miley results1 8-29-09Miley results2 8-29-09Our Atlanta Winner: for Miley Cyrus tickets at Philips Arena – Kimberly Sloane #16 – with a Mandatory Entry 

 Our NY Winner: for a $50 gift certificate to Amazon.com – Dora Gouli – #152 – with an Additional Entry: Signed the Petition (Child safety should be taken very seriously and hopefully this petition on more secure transportation features for ambulances does not get ignored)

Finally…Contest Rules:

Must be eighteen (18) or older to enter. Giveaway has no country of origin participation restrictions, however tickets will be provided at the event so winners must be present a minimum of 1.5 hours prior to concert and bring valid picture ID that matches the name used for the entry or tickets will not be awarded. If prize has not been claimed one half hour prior to the event, tickets will be forfeit. Reminder: Each contest (Atlanta and New York) requires a minimum of 20 valid participants for tickets to be awarded – alternatively a $50 Amazon.com gift certificate will be awarded in their place. NOTE: CONTEST EXTENDED 2 MORE WEEKS Giveaway starts Friday July 17, 2009 and ends at noon EST Friday Aug 28, 2009. Please leave a valid email address with each entry or your entry will be disqualified. You will have 48 hours to email me if you win. Winner chosen using random.org. Good Luck to all entrants!

Welcome to the summer of Miley, the summer of kids and the summer of Pediatric Safety. 
Miley Cyrus9We hope you find a home at our new community, and that you believe like we do: we’re in this together…and where pedsafe_logo-smallkids health and safety are concerned… ONE OUCH IS DEFINITELY TOO MANY!!

 


 

Thank you, Texas! Little Kids Need to Travel Safely

Last updated on March 5th, 2018 at 08:07 am

Schnee - Texas_capital1Having been one of the last 6 remaining states without a child safety seat requirement, Texas passed a law, effective September 1, 2009 requiring children under the age of 8 and/or 4 feet 9 inches in height to be restrained in a child safety seat system. This includes a traditional child safety seat with a harness or a booster seat which will raise the child up enough to allow the car’s seat belt and shoulder harness to protect the child in the appropriate places and not do more harm.

 http://www.corsicanadailysun.com/local/local_story_178185644.html

The necessity for protecting the youngest in our society is an adult responsibility, long overdue. So if we protect them from accidental injury while a passenger in a car, shouldn’t we be providing that same protection when they are sick and/or hurt and traveling at high speeds in an ambulance?  

Something to think about . . . and maybe do something about?    Isn’t every child’s life worth it???  

If you agree, then there is something  we can all do to help make a difference right this very minute

A lot of folks don’t know that we’re not transporting kids safely in ambulances – including those folks in Washington who could pass some laws to do something about this.  So let’s make sure enough people know about this that it can’t be passed over. (…and hey, when you’re all done entering the contest, please leave a comment and let other people know what you think about safe ambulance transport for kids)

Introducing: Thank you, Texas!  Little Kids Need to Travel Safely Contest

 

The Prize :

To two first place winners to thank you for helping us make a difference: one month of Starbucks Frappuccinos (or $25 worth on a Starbucks card)

And Here’s How it Works:  

 Below you will find our CONTEST ENTRY FORM.  It  includes our MANDATORY entry for the contest as well as the opportunity for you to enter a BONUS entry…
For simplicity (and so that you can tweet multiple times) you can use this form for each bonus entry, however, if this is an additional entry, please check the box saying this an additional entry so we know you have already completed your mandatory entry requirement

For your MANDATORY ENTRY:

Tweet the following on Twitter ” New Starbucks Giveaway! We need ANSRs for Kids (Ambulances Need Safety Regulations) Every child’s life matters! http://ow.ly/hutQ Plz RT! ” 

For your BONUS ENTRIES:

  1.  Retweet the following   “New Starbucks Giveaway! We need ANSRs for Kids (Ambulances Need Safety Regulations) Every child’s life matters! http://ow.ly/hutQ Plz RT!” (you may tweet once daily = 1 entry)
  2. Click on the “Share This” at the bottom of this post & submit this to your favorite social network (= 1 entry)
  3. Join our community (note:  An email will be sent asking you to verify your membership – you must login to your email & verify membership ) https://pediatricsafety.net/wp-login.php?action=register  ( = 2 entries)
  4. Blog about this giveaway and link to this post http://ow.ly/hutQ (=2 entries)
  5. Join the cause on Facebook and send invites to your friends – help us spread the word that things have got to change http://apps.facebook.com/causes/299331?m=3f1cca43 (=3 entries)
  6. Sign the petition – help us tell Congress that we need ANSR’s for Kids http://www.rallycongress.com/pediatric-safety/2168/ansr-kids-ambulances-need-safety-regulations/ (=3 entries)

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2 WINNERSStarbucks results-2 7-31-09Starbucks results 7-31-09

Shirley Brondum – #51 – with a Mandatory Tweet

Carol Dziuba #33 – with an Additional Entry – Signed the Petition (You’ve signed! Next, send your comments as a letter to your elected officials. entry 1)

Contest Rules:

Giveaway is open to USA and Canada readers only. Giveaway starts Friday July 17, 2009 and ends at noon EST Friday July 31, 2009.  Please fill out a separate form for the mandatory entry and each bonus entry so we can make sure each entry gets counted. (…that means if you completed a bonus that has 3 entries, please submit 3 forms). Please make sure each form has your name and a valid email address.  You will have 48 hours to email me if you win. Winner chosen using random.org. Good Luck to all entrants!