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Booster Seat Law
Kentucky’s new booster seat law has been in effect since last year but until now most law enforcement agencies have only issued warnings to offenders. Full enforcement with citations will begin July 1, 2009, and the Kentucky State Booster Seat Coalition is asking child care professionals to help us educate the public about this law.  

Kentucky’s law requires children between 40 and 50 inches tall and who are younger than 7 to be properly restrained in a child booster seat. The fine will be $30, but a first offense can be waived if the offender shows evidence of purchasing a booster seat.  

For optimal protection, children should remain in a booster seat until the seat belt fits them correctly, or approximately 4’9” tall and about 8 or 9 years of age. A high backed or backless booster may be used, but with a lap AND shoulder belt together.  

View the pamphlets which have been designed by Safe Kids and other transportation safety specialists in our state and help us with an important education campaign that will prevent many injuries and deaths to KY children.  

Booster Seat Law
Booster Seat Law - Spanish  

For more information about booster seats, call Therese Moseley, KY Booster Coalition Chairperson at 859-260-6058, or Sherri Hannan, Fayette County Safe Kids Coordinator at 859-323-1153.  

Safe Kids raises awareness and teaches families about prevention of all major causes of accidental childhood injury. Accidental injuryis a leading killer of children 14 and under worldwide. Taking simple safety measures can prevent most ofthese accidental injuries. This web site contains links to tips on keeping children safe.


Cold and Flu Information

Flu and colds are both respiratory or breathing system infections that are caused by viruses. Because initial flu and cold symptoms are similar, it can be difficult to determine which you have. However, the flu tends to produce more serious illness than a cold.  

 According to the Centers for Disease Control, your best protection against the flu is to receive an annual flu shot. Vaccination is not recommended, however, for children younger than six months. In addition to vaccine, you can decrease your chances of getting the flu or a cold by washing your hands frequently and avoiding touching your eyes, mouth and nose. When you think about the frequency of respiratory illnesses each year (the average adult will get a respiratory illness 1-3 times a year and children even more), these preventive measures become more important.  

Should you get the flu, it is recommended that you contact your health care provider. Additionally you should rest, drink lots of fluids, do not smoke tobacco or drink alcohol, and you may want to take medication designed to relieve the flu symptoms. It is important to remember, however, that because a virus causes flu, antibiotics will not cure it.  

For more information, contact your health care professional or visit the Centers for Disease Control.



Close your eyes.  

Picture your child’s room, your living room, your kitchen, or any room in your home.  

What do you see?  

You see your children’s toys!!  

Toys are everywhere! When is the last time you checked to see if the newest toy your child received had a recall? There is a wonderful website that lists the toys and children’s items that havebeen recalled. This site has information on what the toy or item is, a description, a picture,what the danger is, any injuries,who to contact for additional information on the toy or item and so much more.  

You will want to see this for your reference! www.cpsc.gov



Bicycle Safety

Children ride their bikes all year long. Biking is not just for fun but is also a way of transportation. We would not think about riding in the car without our seat belt, but very often, parents think that children who only ride their bike in the driveway do not need a helmet. Biking can be very dangerous. There are rules of the road to know about and there are guidelines for purchasing a helmet that fits correctly. Visit The Injury Prevention Program (tipp) about riding bicycles safely


MedlinePlus will direct you to information to help answer health questions. MedlinePlus brings together authoritative information from the National Library of Medicine, the National Institutes of Health, and other government agencies and health-related organizations. Pre-formulated MEDLINE searches are included in MedlinePlus and give easy access to medical journal articles. MedlinePlus also has extensive information about drugs, an illustrated medical encyclopedia, interactive patient tutorials, and the latest health news.



The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has a new web page about crib safety. The page has a link to the new safety standards for full-size and non-full-size baby cribs as published in the final rule on December 28, 2010. The page also includes links to the national education campaign on crib safety and a list of seven manufacturers that have announced crib recalls. There are also some videos on safe sleep, crib safety, and sleep positioners.

 

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