By Laura Nikolovska - KidsInDanger - Specialist in Child Safety
Safety is one of the most important concerns for families, as we all know that life is unfortunately full of hidden hazards. Too often it takes a tragic death or injury to raise awareness about dangerous products or the preventative steps that should be taken for safer environments. Lack of public awareness about safety issues is a major problem across different industries, perpetuated by a lack of adequate regulation and the failure of manufacturers to promote and publicize safety recalls.
Below are safety resources that can be found online that, like KID, are trying to raise awareness about potential hazards so that grandparents can get informed and take the necessary steps to keep their grandkids safe. Consider bookmarking these sites so safety information is always just a click away.
Hazard: Car seats
Resource: Safe Kids Worldwide is committed to reducing the number of childhood injuries by raising families’ safety awareness.
What they can do for you: You can visit cert.safekids.org to learn how to have your car seat checked for proper installation by a local certified child passenger safety technician and ensure your grandchild is safer during their car rides.
Hazard: TV, furniture tip – overs
Resource: Shane’s Foundation is an organization committed to preventing appliance tip-over accidents through safety education and public awareness.
What they can do for you: Head over to their site to explore important safety tips and learn how to share their lifesaving message with your family and with other grandparents.
Hazard: Foodbourne illnesses
Resource: STOP Foodborne Illness. A food safety organization dedicated to raising public awareness about foodborne illness and advocating for better food safety policies.
What they can do for you: Visit their website for more information on food safety topics and to sign up for alerts on recalled food and dangerous outbreaks.
Hazard: Window blinds
Resource: Parents for Window Blind Safety. FWBS is a nonprofit organization to educate the public about the dangers of window blind cords, advocate for safer standards and tougher product testing, and support parents whose children have been injured or killed as a result of unsafe window cords.
What they can do for you: Parentsforwindowblindsafety.org offers more information on safe products and listings of hazardous and recalled products to avoid.
Hazard: Ingestion of harmful substances
Resource: Illinois Poison Control. They provide access to comprehensive and trusted information and treatment advice on potentially harmful substances
What they can do for you: In addition online safety resources (like the helpful My child ate… chart), they offer a free, confidential 24-hour helpline: 1-800-222-1222. The helpline is staffed by specially trained medical experts, including doctors, nurses and pharmacists
This is just a sample of the numerous nonprofit organizations that strive to keep children and families safe by providing resources and alerts online. Be proactive about safety by using these sites as a resource. And don’t forget, KID is nationally recognized as a source for information on children’s product safety and recalls. Apply KID’s 3 steps to safety to keep grandkids safe from unsafe products:
- Learn about the problem- check out the information and resources at KidsInDanger.org.
- Search your home- Keep an eye out for dangerous products in your home and ask your childcare center, friends, and family to do the same.
- Stay alert- Spread the word on dangerous products, report products you think are dangerous, and sign up for e-alerts from KID to stay up-to-date on recalls and product safety.