Kohl's Safety in a Snap
Unintentional and preventable injuries are the leading causes of death for children under the age of 14. Many people are unaware that 80 percent of car seats are not properly installed, nor do they realize that fastening a seatbelt or wearing a bike helmet can mean the difference between life and death for a child.
Combating the top three causes of unintentional death and injury to children in Idaho is the focus of a new community awareness and education campaign launched by St. Luke's Children's Hospital and Kohl's Cares®: Safety in a Snap! Safety in a Snap! focuses on motor vehicle, bike, and water safety. This 12-month awareness, education, and distribution program teaches children, their parents, and caregivers the importance of "snapping" on a helmet when riding a bike or skateboard, a chest clip or seat belt when riding in a vehicle, and a life jacket during water activities.
Safety in a Snap! is funded by a $74,276 grant from Kohl's department store through the Kohl's Cares® cause merchandise program. Through this initiative, Kohl's sells $5 books and plush toys with 100 percent of net profit benefitting children's health and education programs nationwide, including hospital partnerships like ours.
This is the fourth year Kohl's has provided funding to St. Luke's Children's Hospital, for a total commitment of more than $216,000 to help us promote safety for local children. Nationwide, Kohl's has raised more than $180 million for safety initiatives through its merchandise programs.
St. Luke's Children's Hospital will continue providing free helmets and car seats for local families in need. Thanks to Kohl's, St. Luke's provided more than 800 bicycle helmets to children in our community in 2010.
We love to get outside with our families and enjoy Idaho's beautiful winters. But across the U.S., kids rack up more than 42,000 injuries every year from winter sports. Follow these tips to keep the whole family injury-free:
- Always wear a helmet when you ski, snowboard, sled, snowmobile, or play ice hockey.
- Make sure it's the right helmet for the activity and meets federal safety standards. Have an expert fit it correctly.
- Wear sport-specific, properly fitting safety gear.
- Dress in layers and wear warm, close-fitting clothes. Tuck in long scarves so they don't get entangled in lifts.
- Stay hydrated and wear sunscreen with a rating of SPF 15 or higher.
- If children become distracted, irritable, or begin to hyperventilate, they may be suffering from hypothermia or altitude sickness, or are too tired to participate safely. Head indoors, rest, and warm up.
- Don't sled down a hill head first.
- Children under age six should not ride a snowmobile, and no one under 16 should drive one.
- Teach kids how to protect themselves if they fall through ice: Stretch arms out wide and kick as if swimming, shout for help, and try to crawl backward.
Car Seat Safety
With four out of five car seats installed incorrectly, and many children not riding in the proper seat for their age or size, the need for education is great. St. Luke's offers monthly car seat check-up events for the community, and child passenger safety seats for families in need. Click here for more information on car seat safety and check-up events.
View the Car Safety Flyer.
The best way to stay safe when biking or skateboarding is to ALWAYS wear a helmet. Wearing a proper fitting helmet can reduce the chances of serious head injuries by 85 percent. Teach your children to wear helmets and follow simple safety guidelines, and you can create safe habits that last a lifetime.
View the Helmet Safety Flyer.
The Treasure Valley offers a wide range of water fun for families—and safety needs to be a top priority. We know that 85 percent of boaters who drown as a result of boating accidents would have survived if they had been wearing a life jacket. Keep summer fun and safe by making sure all kids and adults wear properly fitting life jackets and practice water safety at all times.
View the Water Safety Flyer.