Safe Kids USA   Start Safe: A Safe Travel Program for          Families of Preschoolers
WELCOME  1.   Safety inside a vehicle       25 minutes  2.   Safety outside of a vehicle   25 minutes  3.   Discussion    ...
Never Leave Your Child Alone  Why should kids never be left in a  car without an adult?                                   ...
Never Leave Your Child AloneEven on a mild day• In just 10 minutes the temperature in   a car can go up more than 20 degre...
Never Leave Your Child AloneKids can get hurt playing alone in cars.• Cars/trucks are not toys or hiding spots.• Do not al...
Car Seat Basics   A         B    C   D                          6
Car Seat BasicsBabies:• Keep children rear-facing, in a  back seat, for as long as  possible.                          bab...
Car Seat BasicsToddlers:• Children should ride forward-  facing in a car seat that has a full  harness.• Keep the harness ...
Car Seat BasicsBooster seats:• Use the vehicle lap and shoulder  seatbelt while seated on the          No booster seat -  ...
Safety Basics• Until the adult seat belt fits your child he/she  needs to be in a car seat or booster seat.• For many kids...
Car Seat BasicsSafety Belts• The shoulder belt should rest on the  collar bone.• The lap belt should stay low across  the ...
Car Seat BasicsTIPS • Keep all children under 13 in a back seat. • Be sure all children are buckled up on ever ride,   in ...
Car Seat BasicsTips Con’t.• Do not buy car seats or booster seats  from flea markets and yard sales. You  will not know if...
PEDESTRIAN SAFETY Staying safe while walking                              14
Walking Safely• Why do parents always need to stay with  young children while they walk?                                  ...
Walking Safely• Children under age 10 can’t make safe  decisions.• Children move quickly and without warning.• Children ar...
Tips for Walking Safely•   Always walk with your child until age 10•   Firmly hold your child’s hand•   Stay on sidewalks ...
Crossing Streets Safely• Always cross streets with your child• Crosswalks are marked areas where it is safe  to cross the ...
Tips for Crossing Streets Safely• Look left, right, then left again before  crossing• Look and listen for cars while you c...
Being Seen While Walking at Night  • Why is it important for walkers to be seen    by drivers after dark?                 ...
Tips for Being Seen at Night• Wear light-colored clothing• Wear reflective materials on clothing or  backpacks• Kids shoul...
Staying Safe Near School Buses• Walk with your child to the bus stop• Stay on the sidewalk while waiting• Always cross at ...
Tips for Staying Safe Near Vehicles  • All vehicles have blind spots  • Childrens small size makes it hard for    drivers ...
Tips for Obeying the Rules of the Road • Follow all traffic signs and signals • Drivers expect you to follow the rules,   ...
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QuestionsFor more information about keepingyour children safe, visit the Safe Kids              web site:     {local Safe ...
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  1. 1. Safe Kids USA Start Safe: A Safe Travel Program for Families of Preschoolers
  2. 2. WELCOME 1. Safety inside a vehicle 25 minutes 2. Safety outside of a vehicle 25 minutes 3. Discussion 10 minutes 4. Questions 10 minutes 2
  3. 3. Never Leave Your Child Alone Why should kids never be left in a car without an adult? 3
  4. 4. Never Leave Your Child AloneEven on a mild day• In just 10 minutes the temperature in a car can go up more than 20 degrees.• Children’s bodies warm at a rate 3 to 5 times faster than an adult’s.• It is never safe even for a minute! 4
  5. 5. Never Leave Your Child AloneKids can get hurt playing alone in cars.• Cars/trucks are not toys or hiding spots.• Do not allow children to play with the gear shift or ignition.• Store your car keys where kids can’t find them.• Close and lock all car doors and trunks once you have checked for sleeping babies. 5
  6. 6. Car Seat Basics A B C D 6
  7. 7. Car Seat BasicsBabies:• Keep children rear-facing, in a back seat, for as long as possible. baby Car Seat Seat Baby• Keep baby rear facing until 2 years old AND until the highest weight or height limit of their car seat.• Never hold a baby in car. Convertible Car Seat (Baby & Toddler) 7
  8. 8. Car Seat BasicsToddlers:• Children should ride forward- facing in a car seat that has a full harness.• Keep the harness snug on the child. Snug means you cannot pinch extra webbing on the harness.• Use the car seat top tether. Forward-facing car seat 8
  9. 9. Car Seat BasicsBooster seats:• Use the vehicle lap and shoulder seatbelt while seated on the No booster seat - INCORRECT booster seat. Do not use on very young children who can climb out.• Use a booster seat until your child can safely fit into the adult seatbelt at 4’9” and between 80-100 pounds. Booster seat 9
  10. 10. Safety Basics• Until the adult seat belt fits your child he/she needs to be in a car seat or booster seat.• For many kids they will be between 8-12 years, weigh 80-100 pounds and be 4’9” tall before the seat belt fits. 10
  11. 11. Car Seat BasicsSafety Belts• The shoulder belt should rest on the collar bone.• The lap belt should stay low across the hips not the stomach.• Many kids will be between 8-12 years old when the seat belt alone will fit.• Never place shoulder belt behind a childs back or arm. Lap and shoulder seat belt 11
  12. 12. Car Seat BasicsTIPS • Keep all children under 13 in a back seat. • Be sure all children are buckled up on ever ride, in every car. • Make sure all children are in the correct car seat/booster seat for their age and weight. • Follow the instructions for your car seat or booster seat every time. • Make sure all adults are buckled up on every ride, even in the back seat. 12
  13. 13. Car Seat BasicsTips Con’t.• Do not buy car seats or booster seats from flea markets and yard sales. You will not know if it has been in a crash or if all the parts are there.• Car seats should be installed in the car using the seatbelt or using LATCH- not both together. Lower anchor 13
  14. 14. PEDESTRIAN SAFETY Staying safe while walking 14
  15. 15. Walking Safely• Why do parents always need to stay with young children while they walk? 15
  16. 16. Walking Safely• Children under age 10 can’t make safe decisions.• Children move quickly and without warning.• Children are small and hard for drivers to see. 16
  17. 17. Tips for Walking Safely• Always walk with your child until age 10• Firmly hold your child’s hand• Stay on sidewalks or paths• Don’t walk in the street 17
  18. 18. Crossing Streets Safely• Always cross streets with your child• Crosswalks are marked areas where it is safe to cross the street• Cross at corners, not the middle of the block 18
  19. 19. Tips for Crossing Streets Safely• Look left, right, then left again before crossing• Look and listen for cars while you cross• Firmly hold your child’s hand when crossing• Obey traffic signals 19
  20. 20. Being Seen While Walking at Night • Why is it important for walkers to be seen by drivers after dark? 20
  21. 21. Tips for Being Seen at Night• Wear light-colored clothing• Wear reflective materials on clothing or backpacks• Kids should never walk alone at night 21
  22. 22. Staying Safe Near School Buses• Walk with your child to the bus stop• Stay on the sidewalk while waiting• Always cross at least 10 feet in front of school buses• Never walk behind a school bus 22
  23. 23. Tips for Staying Safe Near Vehicles • All vehicles have blind spots • Childrens small size makes it hard for drivers to see them behind or near a car • Children should never play around traffic, cars, in driveways, or parking lots 23
  24. 24. Tips for Obeying the Rules of the Road • Follow all traffic signs and signals • Drivers expect you to follow the rules, too • Set a safe example for your child 24
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  26. 26. QuestionsFor more information about keepingyour children safe, visit the Safe Kids web site: {local Safe Kids contact} 26
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