End of the Year Giving!

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Dear Lexlee’s Kids Family,

As safety professionals, we are aware of the dangers little ones face day in and day out. We know that you loved them before you met them. We understand the mountains you would climb to keep them safe! They are our most precious gift, our pride and joy…our children.

We would like to thank you for supporting Lexlee’s Kids. What a joy it is to hear from parents, caregivers and community members who are grateful for the services our organization provides! Without your enthusiasm, Lexlee’s Kids would not be such a success. We sincerely cherish your devotion, and hope you will continue to join hands and walk beside us as we make tremendous strides.

Today is ‪#GivingTuesday‬ and end of the year giving season! The cost of safety education & injury prevention services that could save a child’s life is priceless! In the season of giving, please consider making a difference in the life of a child by donating to Lexlee’s Kids – Child Safety and Injury Prevention. All donations are tax deductible and much appreciated. To ‪#Donate‬, please visit: http://www.lexleeskids.org/join-hands/sponsor-donate. We would like to wish you and your family a safe & happy holiday season filled with lots of love, hugs and kisses!

Safe Wishes & Seasons Greetings,

Crystal H. Pichon, Executive Director

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It’s Back to School & it’s Time for Safety!

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schoolBusWake up and smell the new crayons, backpacks and vinyl binders! Soon the wheels on the bus will go round and round and it will be back-to-school time for your little bookworm. Let’s give our kids what they need for a great school year! It’s time to teach the ABC’s and 123’s of safety! Whether your kids are riding the BIG yellow school bus, walking to class, carpooling, or biking with their newly filled backpack, there are a few things we can do to make them safer.

School Bus Safety:

The most dangerous part of the school bus ride is the loading and unloading of students.

When waiting for the bus, stay away from traffic. Do not stray onto streets, alleys or private property.

Remember there are danger areas around school buses where the driver cannot see you.

Wait until the bus has stopped, the driver sees you and the door opens before stepping onto the roadway. This goes for loading and unloading.

Wait for a signal from the bus driver before beginning to cross.

Stay away from the bus’ rear wheels at all times.

Always stop at the curb or the edge of the road and look left, then right, and then left again before crossing the street.

s5_2_end_school_zoneZones, Walking & Biking:

Drivers, bikers and in-line skaters must stop to allow people in crosswalks to cross the street. Pay attention to school zone speed limits, and always expect children! No cell phones in school zones!

Stay in the crosswalk and pay attention to the crossing guard.

Remember to look left, right and left again if you have to cross the street.

If traveling on foot or bike, do not run or ride between parked cars and buses.

Do not run across the street or through a parking lot trying to catch up with friends. Walk your bike across the street.

If you are biking, don’t forget your helmet, hand signals and traffic rules! Walking or biking, make sure you can be seen!

Cell-Phone-Use-Sign-PKE-22650_300Backpack Safety:

Wear both straps and your backpack up high to prevent back injuries, and make sure your bag is not too heavy!

Choose a padded backpack to reduce pressure on the back, shoulders and under arm regions, and enhance comfort.

Choose reflective material to enhance visibility during low-light situations such as walking or biking at dawn or dusk.

Check out the iSafe Backpack! This nifty product has seamlessly incorporated a safety mechanism into one of your child’s most used accessories. The iSafe Backpack looks and performs like any normal backpack but includes a small, lightweight alarm and flashing light meant to decrease those stranger danger hazards, beef up bully security and act as an SOS signal of sorts if the wearer is lost. www.isafebags.com. Here at Lexlee’s Kids we have our very own iSafe Backpack if you would like take a peek!

Join hands with Lexlee’s Kids in caring for your kid’s safety. If you have questions or comments about back to school safety or general child safety, post here or contact Lexlee’s Kids at 225.372.3991. Thanks for reading!

Lexlee’s Kids is Hiring (Community Outreach Coordinator)!

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Community Outreach Coordinator (COC-1)

Organization:
Lexlee’s Kids was founded in 2010 and is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the community through safety education. Our mission is to save and improve the lives of children ages 0-18, by empowering caregivers and youth through awareness of injury risks and prevention. For more information, please visit www.lexleeskids.org and https://www.facebook.com/LexleesKids.

Position:
The COC-1 position is a fulltime position. COC-1 reports to the Executive Director and is responsible for coordinating various injury prevention programs, community outreach activities and services for the community.

Salary:
Based on experience level

Responsibilities:
•Promote health and safety for children, adolescence and their families
•Work alongside volunteers/interns while offering direction
•Provide administrative support to agency executive
•Represent Lexlee’s Kids and its programs at community events
•Build productive working relationships with community partners and volunteers
•Organize and host community and school based appearances for the purpose of promoting health and safety
•Schedule, conduct and oversee school education outreach and safety programs
•Provide project management, coordination, monitoring and evaluation of youth injury prevention programs and events
•Manage client, partner, volunteer, program data and scheduling
•Filter business telephone and electronic mail inquiries

Qualifications:
•Experience in child and adult public speaking engagements
•Demonstrates excellence in customer service, organizational, managerial, motivational, and communication skills
•Proficient in Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher and record keeping
•Working knowledge in the injury prevention and child safety field is desirable
•Capable of handling multiple projects and deadlines
•Skilled in working with others in a team setting
•COC-1 will be required to obtain a National Child Passenger Safety Technician certification that will be arranged by employer
•COC-1 position requires flexibility with work schedule depending on special projects and events, some weekend and evening hours required
•Bachelor’s degree preferred. Professional experience in working with children and families may substitute degree.

Please forward resumes to crystal@lexleeskids.org no later than August 2, 2015.

Eeny Meeny Miny Moe…Where should all the Car Seats Go?

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2012-honda-crv-price-release-date-rav4-third-row-300x172You thought picking the car seat was the tough part? Now you have to decide where and how you are going to install the car seat in the vehicle. How many kids do you have? Does your vehicle allow you to install the car seat there? How does that spot effect other passengers? Can you get a good install there? Do you want to use LATCH or seat belt? Does the spot you pick allow you to install the car seat with LATCH? Is there a tether anchor in that spot? The list goes on and on…and all questions are relevant!

Let’s start simple (as simple as possible): Which Position is the Safest?

This varies with child’s age/weight/height, type of seat, direction, type of vehicle, family situation, etc.

1. Back Seat Middle – Furthest from impact in any direction and away from airbags.

2. Back Seat Passenger Side – Opposite side of opposing traffic, not typically on traffic side for street parking, easier to glance at child (we would rather you keep your eyes on the road), near side air bags (typically not an issue), possible side impact crash.

3. Back Seat Driver Side – Closest side to on-coming traffic, typically on traffic side for street parking, not easy to glance at child (we would rather you keep your eyes on the road anyway), near side air bags (typically not an issue), possible side impact crash.

4. Front Seat – Near windshield, near front airbag. You want to avoid children in the front seat, but we have had plenty of families come through our office where the front seat HAD to be used due to various situations. Rear facing car seats should never be placed in front of an active airbag. *We strongly advise speaking to a certified car seat professional before selecting this option.

1-series-back-seat-300x225Try not to be too hard on yourself if you can’t install your child’s car seat in the center! Although we would like all seats in that position…it’s not possible. If your child is sitting in an outboard position, have faith in the side impact protection that is included in the design of most car seats on the market today. Also have faith in the safety features that have been designed and included in your vehicle.

Reasons for not using the center that we have encountered:

1. You don’t have a center seat (captain’s chairs, bucket seats)

2. Your vehicle does not allow car seats to be installed in the center

3. You have more than one child and they can’t all go in the center

4. Two children and the car seats do not fit side-by-side

5. Needing to separate children for various reasons

6. Physical limitations with reaching the center

7. Can’t get a tight install in the center (no more than 1″ of movement when checked at the belt-path)

8. Broken center seat belt

9. Parent wanting to use LATCH, but LATCH is not allowed in the center

There are certainly more, we could go on for days! Just to touch on a couple of things:

  • Just because you cannot use LATCH in the center (which is common) doesn’t mean you can’t install the car seat there. You do have the option of using the seat belt. LATCH is not necessarily worth giving up the added protection of the center seat. LATCH is not safer than the seat belt and vice-versa. They are both designed to do the same thing. One does become safer than the other if you cannot install the seat correctly using one or the other.
  • Three row vehicles: 2nd or 3rd row? Remember the 3rd row is often times near or in the rear crumple zone. This is the area that crushes if you are rear-ended. If you can put your kids in the 2nd row, that may be a safer choice than the 3rd. Again, don’t be too hard on yourself if all rows need to be used…everyone needs a seat :) Also, 3rd rows typically have limited top tether anchor options, if the option exists at all. And, talk about compact! 3rd rows lack leg room; thank goodness children are typically flexible and like to cross their legs!

A LITTLE HISTORY ON CRUMPLE ZONES:

http://www.globalncap.org/Vehicle_safety/Pages/Crumplezones.aspx

Crumple zones are placed at both the front and rear of the vehicle, are designed to absorb the energy of a crash, better protecting the occupants inside the passenger compartment. Some 3 row vehicles have very small cargo areas, as the 3rd row would be the cargo area if there were only 2 rows. For example: 2008 Tahoe with 3 rows has an estimated 27-30 inch deep cargo area. It is a VERY small zone, especially for crashes with higher speeds and greater force. A Suburban is going to have a larger cargo area, even with 3 rows. Passengers can safely ride in the 3rd row, but having passengers closer to the center of the vehicle is optimal (not mandatory), just as it is optimal to place your child’s car seat in a rear center seat.

  • When you have multiple children, typically putting the child with the least protection in the center is favored. Example: you have a new born infant, rear facing and you have a 3 year old, forward facing. Placing the 3 year old in the center may be the better choice because the infant is already safer because they are rear facing. Additional reasoning: keeping that curious 3 year old away from the doors/windows, and the 3 year old can get out of the seat on their own after you unbuckle them, maybe relieving pressure on your back. Now, the rear facing child may go better in the center if the recline of the car seat pushes the front seats too far forward! There are TONS of things to consider, which is why visiting a child passenger safety tech is so great! It’s FREE & we can help you sort through all the options and decisions that need to be made.
  • Two-seater vehicles: Just give us a call…lol

7-Passenger-Vehicles-with-Captain-Chairs-300x200We could go on FOREVER! Just remember, correct use of any restraint is just as important as having one! Schedule an appointment with a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician TODAY! EVERYONE should buckle up EVERY trip, EVERY time! Join hands with Lexlee’s Kids in caring for your kid’s safety. If you have questions or comments about car seats or child safety, post here or contact Lexlee’s Kids at 225.372.3991.

June & July Child Product Recalls Yawl!

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Thank you for trusting Lexlee’s Kids with your child safety concerns.  Each month we are provided with child product recalls, and are happy to share the latest child safety information in an effort to keep your kids safe. Do you own any of the products below? Take charge of your child’s safety! Join hands with Lexlee’s Kids in caring for your kids’ safety. If you have questions about child product recalls or child safety post here or contact Lexlee’s Kids at 225-372-3991.

To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, call CPSC’s Hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC’s teletypewriter at (301) 595-7054. To join a CPSC e-mail subscription list, please go to https://www.cpsc.gov/cpsclist.aspx. Consumers can obtain recall and general safety information by logging on to CPSC’s Web site at www.cpsc.gov.

June Recalls:

06/27/14 FDA: Richard’s Rubs & Seasonings LLC is voluntarily recalling BBQ sauce, hot sauce, and teriyaki sauce, due to improper processing and the potential for contamination with Clostridium botulinum, posing a foodborne illness hazard.

06/27/14 FDA: Nestle is voluntarily recalling ice cream due to undeclared peanuts, posing a possible allergen hazard.

06/27/14 CPSC: Winco is voluntarily recalling shell fireworks kits because the shell can explode in the tube during firing, posing burn and impact hazards to consumers. Minor burns and cuts have been reported. Units: 4,500

06/26/14 CPSC: Roland is voluntarily recalling digital pianos because the AC power cord can be connected to the XLR output jack, posing a shock hazard. Units: 640

06/26/14 CPSC: Wolf Steel is voluntarily recalling propane gas fireplaces because the pressure from ignition of the propane gas may cause the front glass to break, posing a laceration hazard. One incident resulted in cuts to the neck and face. Units: 3,000

06/25/14 CPSC: Scott, Trek are voluntarily recalling bicycles because the front fork may break, posing a crash hazard. Injuries, including broken bones and bruising, have been reported. Units: 125,200

06/24/14 CPSC: Trane is voluntarily recalling air conditioning units because the ground screws may not have enough threads to provide sufficient grounding, posing a shock hazard to consumers. Units: 100,600.

06/24/14 CPSC: Stile is voluntarily recalling Tern folding bikes because the bike’s frame may crack, posing a fall hazard. Minor injuries (scrapes and bruising) have been reported. Units: 670

06/23/14 FDA: Kraft is voluntarily recalling Velveeta cheese product due to low levels of a preservative ingredient, posing a possible foodborne illness hazard.

06/19/14 CPSC: Reebok is voluntarily recalling senior and junior goalie throat collars due to evidence that a skate could penetrate the collar, posing a laceration hazard. Units: 11,400

06/18/14 FDA: Domega NY International is voluntarily recalling gift chocolates, as they contain undeclared milk and peanuts, posing a possible allergen hazard.

06/18/14 CPSC: Brooks Furniture is voluntarily recalling glider rockers because the spindles in the base may separate while rocking, posing a fall hazard. Units: 350

06/18/14 CPSC: Nokia is voluntarily recalling tablet travel chargers because the plastic cover on the charger may come loose and separate, posing an electrocution hazard while in use. Units: 500

06/17/14 CPSC: American Signature is voluntarily recalling table lamps because improper wiring can pose a shock and fire hazard to consumers. No injuries have been reported. Units: 730

06/16/14 FDA: Wegmans is voluntarily recalling cinnamon raisin buns because they may contain undeclared egg, posing a possible allergen hazard.

06/16/14 FDA: Vita Food Products, Inc. is voluntarily recalling smoked Atlantic salmon due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.

06/11/14 CPSC: Cost World Plus Market and World Market Stores are voluntarily recalling Glass Bubble Knobs because they may break and expose sharp pieces of glass, posing a laceration hazard. Only minor hand and finger injuries have been reported. Units: 251,400

06/13/14 FDA: Schnucks Bakery is voluntarily recalling cake due to undeclared pecans, posing a possible allergen hazard.

06/12/14 CPSC: Big Lots is voluntarily recalling ottomans because the center may collapse during use, posing a fall hazard. Units: 14,000

06/12/14 FDA: La Finguita is voluntarily recalling cheese due to a potential peanut and tree nut contamination, posing a possible allergen hazard.

06/12/14 FDA: Fish Family Farms Inc. is voluntarily recalling milk and cream due to a potential peanut and tree nut contamination, posing a possible allergen hazard.

06/11/14 FDA: Smith’s Country Cheese is voluntarily recalling gouda cheese due to a possibility of Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

06/11/14 FDA: Wegmans is voluntarily recalling bagged iced due to the possibility of metal fragments in the ice.

06/08/14 FDA: Dole is voluntarily recalling garden soup due to undeclared milk, posing a possible allergen hazard.

06/08/14 FDA: Lansal Inc. is voluntarily recalling egg white salad with chives sold at Trader Joe’s because there is a possibility of Listeria monocytogenes.

06/06/14 FDA: Olde Thompson Inc. is voluntarily recalling Ground Malabar Pepper due to a possible salmonella risk.

06/06/14 FDA: Diabetic Supply of Suncoast, Inc. is voluntarily recalling blood glucose test strips due to a labelling error.

06/05/14 FDA: Eillien’s Candies Inc. is voluntarily recalling sponge candy because the product contains undeclared milk, posing a potential allergen hazard.

06/04/14 CPSC: Lea Industries is voluntarily recalling bunk beds with bookcases because incorrect assembly may pose an entrapment hazard for young children. Units: 500

06/04/14 CPSC: phil&teds is voluntarily recalling car seat adaptors for strollers because the adaptors may crack and break, especially under freezing weather conditions, posing a fall hazard for infants. Units: 387

06/04/14 FDA: Ocean Spray is voluntarily recalling yogurt-covered dried cranberries because they may contain undeclared peanuts, posing a potential allergen hazard.

06/04/14 FDA: Rite Aid is voluntarily recalling ice cream because of undeclared pistachios, which may pose an allergen hazard.

06/02/14 FDA: Baptista’s Bakery Inc. is voluntarily recalling rosemary and olive oil crackers because they may contain salmonella.

06/02/14 FDA: Glutino is voluntarily recalling rosemary and olive oil crackers because they may contain salmonella.

July Recalls:

07/31/14 CPSC: Dynacraft is voluntarily recalling Avigo youth bicycles because the front wheel can detach, posing a fall hazard. Units: 3,100

07/30/14 CPSC: Kawasaki is voluntarily recalling recreational off-highway vehicles because the vehicles’ floor boards can allow debris to break through into the foot rest area, posing an injury hazard to the operator and front passenger. Units: 11,000

07/28/14 FDA: SW Wisconsin Dairy Goat Products Coop is voluntarily recalling cheese, due to possible contamination with Escherichia coli (E. coli).

07/25/14 FDA: Carmel Food Group is voluntarily recalling butternut squash ravioli due to undeclared egg, milk, and soy, posing a possible allergen hazard.

07/24/14 FDA: Great American Marketing is voluntarily recalling ready-to-eat sandwiches and wraps due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.

07/24/14 FDA: Lion Pavilion is voluntarily recalling peach slices due to undeclared sulfites, posing a possible allergen hazard.

07/24/14 CPSC: Far East Brokers is voluntarily recalling glass beverage dispensers because the metal stand supporting the glass dispenser may break, posing an injury hazard. Units: 4,000

07/24/14 CPSC: Mayborn USA is voluntarily recalling baby monitors because a child can pull the monitor/sensor pad cord into the crib and wrap it around the neck, posing a strangulation hazard. Units: 28,500

07/23/14 FDA: Whole Foods Market is voluntarily recalling made-in-store items containing recalled peaches, nectarines, plums and pluots, due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.

07/23/14 CPSC: East Coast Cycle Supply is voluntarily recalling mountain bikes because the brakes may fail to stop riders within the distance required by federal regulations, posing a crash hazard. Units: 1,800

07/23/14 CPSC: Pottery Barn is voluntarily recalling bar stools because the footrest may break, posing a fall hazard to consumers. Units: 1,000

07/23/14 CPSC: Dream On Me is voluntarily recalling high chairs because the leg or side openings of the chair may allow the child to fall from the chair or become entrapped at the neck, posing fall and strangulation hazards. Units: 2,800

07/22/14 CPSC: Oeuf is voluntarily recalling cribs because the slats/spindles and top rail can detach from the cribs, posing an entrapment hazard to children. Units: 14,000

07/20/14 FDA: Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is voluntarily recalling baked desserts that may contain fresh peaches, nectarines or plums, due to the possibility of Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

07/19/14 FDA: Wawona Packaging Company is voluntarily recalling whole peaches, nectarines, plums, and pluots due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.

07/18/14 FDA: Whole Foods Market is voluntarily recalling chocolate chewies due to undeclared walnuts, posing a possible allergen hazard.

07/17/14 CPSC: Cycling Sports Group is voluntarily recalling mountain bicycles because the wheel hubs may break, posing crash and injury hazards to consumers. Units: 152

07/17/14 CPSC: Popkiller is voluntarily recalling USB chargers, power adaptors, and cables due to improperly mounted plug blades and inadequate circuitry, which may pose fire and shock hazards. Units: 2,500

07/16/14 FDA: Mars Food North America is voluntarily recalling Uncle Ben’s Ready Rice Garden Vegetable dish with Peas, Carrots, and Corn Pouch due to undeclared barley, posing a possible allergen hazard.

07/16/14 FDA: King of Pops is voluntarily recalling banana puddin’ pops and keylime pie pops due to undeclared soy, milk, egg, and wheat, posing an allergen hazard to consumers.

07/16/14 CPSC: Nantucket Distributing is voluntarily recalling outdoor patio chairs because the back legs may break, posing a fall hazard. Units: 4,000

07/15/14 CPSC: Halco is voluntarily recalling LED bulbs because the bulbs may overheat and fall onto consumers, posing burn and impact hazards. Units: 9,500

07/01/14 NHTSA: Graco is voluntarily recalling certain rear-facing child restraints because the buckle may become stuck in the latched position, making it difficult to remove a child from the restraint system. This is in addition to the more than 4 million car seats previously recalled by Graco because of the latch. Units: 1,910,102

07/14/2014 CPSC: GSK is voluntarily recalling Panadol Advance bottles because the packaging is not child resistant, as required by law. Units: 10,600

07/14/2014 USDA: The US Department of Agriculture is continuing its enforcement action involving Foster Farms which included the recall of chicken because of Salmonella. Three of the company’s California plants may be shut down.

07/10/14 CPSC: Gemini is voluntarily recalling chargers because the adaptors may overheat, posing a burn hazard. Units: 31,000

07/10/14 CPSC: Lifeguard Press is voluntarily recalling cell phone and tablet charging kits because the wall charger can overheat and emit smoke and sparks, posing shock and fire hazards to the consumer. Units: 25,400

07/08/14 FDA: Whole Foods Market is voluntarily recalling Caesar salad and Mesclun Goat Cheese salad due to mislabeled and undeclared fish, eggs, and tree nuts, posing a possible allergen hazard.

07/03/14 CPSC: Big Fireworks is voluntarily recalling mock sword fireworks because the handheld device may unexpectedly explode, posing burn and impact hazards. Units: 1,040

07/01/14 CPSC: Sony is voluntarily recalling flip PC laptops because the computers’ lithium-ion batteries may overheat, posing fire and burn hazards. Units: 680

 

Get a Grip: Using Gripper when Installing a Car Seat!

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Something that seems so small to the normal, well I may have left the normal realm a long time ago…nooooo one really knows :) Last week someone greeted me by saying, “bring on the safety patrol!” And my response, “halt…put your car seats in the air where I can see them!” (which just may be on my next t-shirt design). #CarSeatPolice! I can clearly make a joke about being CAR SEAT CRAZY, hey…I am who I am! -Crystal

Now, on to the business! Have you ever used gripper/cabinet liner/slip guard on your vehicle seat when installing your car seat? Many people assume that using gripper will assist in obtaining a tight install. This couldn’t be further from the truth! No matter what you’ve heard in the past, gripper should have never been used for assistance in providing a tight car seat installation. Gripper was typically used to help with protecting leather vehicle seats. If you feel like you need an additional product to assist in providing a secure car seat install, there is likely a problem with your install.

Proper body mechanics/technique, using your weight as leverage, reading instruction manuals for your vehicle and the car seat and meeting with a certified child passenger safety technician will help you get the tight installation necessary for your car seat. Simply selecting a different seating position in the back of your vehicle may also be an option, as some car seats install better in certain seating positions.

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Vehicle Seat Protector

The same can be said for using vehicle seat protectors and a thin towel!  The most the three will do is assist in protecting vehicle seats from crumbs and drips.  Dumping a barrier is obviously more convenient than sweeping, vacuuming and wiping the crumbs and Juicy Juice from your vehicle seat. The barrier won’t eliminate dents, but MAY REDUCE wear and tear to your vehicle seats.  It basically sounds like our days of clean, like new, fresh smelling vehicles come to a screeching halt after the kids come. Well when they say it’s not about you anymore, I guess they really mean it…vehicles included!  Be sure to read your car seat manual to see if using some kind of slip guard, mat or towel under your car seat is allowed. Ultimately, parents/caregivers need to make sure the car seat is properly installed with no more than 1″ of movement at the belt path in any direction, and be comfortable knowing that adding that “protection” could actually affect the safety of the car seat for their child if involved in a crash.

Gripper/Shelf Liner/Slip Guard

Gripper/Shelf Liner/Slip Guard

Just a little side note: According to Duck Brand, easy liner is made of vinyl and can melt. It should not be exposed to open flame or temperatures exceeding 170 degrees Fahrenheit. I don’t know about your state, but Louisiana is pretty smoldering during the summer months! This means, in trying to protect your seats, you could potentially do more damage if the gripper melts and you end up having to peal it away from your seats!

So in conclusion…none of the items listed above are needed and you can safely install your car seats with out them! The use of the items are not illegal, but are typically not recommended for safety reasons.  We would rather make our professional recommendations and allow the caregiver the freedom to make the final decision for their child…without breaking any laws of course! Focusing on correct harnessing, install and best practice recommendations is where we would like to focus most of our energy!

Thanks for reading! If you have any questions, concerns or comments about car seat safety, post here or contact Lexlee’s Kids at 225-372-3991! Please visit http://www.lexleeskids.org/car-seat-appointment-form if you would like to schedule a car seat appointment with one of our certified child passenger safety professionals!

Pool Noodles, Rolled Receiving Blankets & Car Seats

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I thought we couldn’t add non-regulated/non-crash-tested products to car seats? Was the car seat tested with these items? Is it safe or not? Well, I for one feel like I am sometimes losing my NOODLE with all the ins, outs, dos, don’ts and maybes of the crazy car seat safety saga!

-Crystal, CPS Technician/Instructor

Pool Noodle, you say?

Using pool noodle(s) may help in adjusting the recline of your rear facing car seat (yes, the noodle you float on in water). Some seats allow the use of a pool noodle or tightly rolled bath towel at the seat bight (crack of vehicle seat) to achieve proper recline of your car seat. We suggest cutting the noodle into 11″ long pieces. You may need half moon, you may need one, you may need two or you may need 3. You may be using a small noodle, you may be using a large noodle.

Remember to always read your instruction manual to be sure your car seat allows for the use of noodle(s) or rolled towel and to determine the acceptable recline angle range for your seat.

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1/2 moon & 1 large noodle

 

Small Pool Noodle

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2 small noodles at the seat bite

2 small noodles at the seat bite

3 small noodles at the seat bite

3 small noodles at the seat bite

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1 rolled bath towel at the seat bite

 

Really, Rolled Receiving Blankets? 

Did your car seat come with head and body support inserts? Don’t go out a buy all that fluff-fluff! Try using tightly rolled receiving blankets for head and body support. Do not place the blankets under the child or between the child and the harness straps. Need a little extra filling at the head, try what we like to call the candy cane method. Place receiving blankets in the car seat after the child is properly buckled and their harness passes the pinch test. Additional tid-bit…place blankets flap down, to help prevent unrolling and possibly covering the child’s face.

Crotch roll: sometimes there’s a little extra space between the child’s crotch and the buckle even after meeting height and weight requirements of the car seat. If needed, you can roll a washcloth and place between the child’s crotch and crotch buckle.

Crash tested head support

Crash tested head support

Crash tested head support with receiving blankets

Crash tested head support with receiving blankets

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Tightly rolled receiving blankets

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Tightly rolled receiving blankets, candy cane style

Flap up vs. flap down

Flap up vs. flap down

Crotch roll

Crotch roll

Thanks for coming along for the ride! For more posts related to car seat safety, visit http://www.lexleeskids.org/category/car-seat-safety/page/2. If you have questions or concerns about car seat safety, please post here or contact Lexlee’s Kids at 225-372-3991! We recommend all parents and caregivers meet with a certified child passenger safety technician to make sure your children are traveling safely. Safe travels to you and yours!

Please visit http://www.lexleeskids.org/car-seat-appointment-form to schedule a car seat appointment with Lexlee’s Kids!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Slippin’ and Slidin’…SAFELY!

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Sweet summertime is quickly coming to an end, but the South Louisiana heat is still in full force. Many people will be headed to enjoy water parks for one last HOORAH before school starts again. Lexlee’s Kids wants to make sure that you and your families enjoy some safe last-minute summer fun!

Plan your day at the park with safety in mind. Water park safety is a partnership between parents and parks. Parents should always directly supervise their children, don’t leave your child’s safety to the water park alone. Who’s your water watcher??? The one who will do nothing, but watch the kiddos while in the water?

Here are a few tips to keep in mind when visiting a water park:

  • Park staff will yell it all day long…NO RUNNING! Slips and falls are common at water parks.
  • Children under 48″, non-swimmers, and weak swimmers should wear a Coast Guard approved life vest while enjoying water park attractions. Bring your own if you are unsure of availability and fit.
  • Dress appropriately, including water shoes, a hat, and loose shirt for when you’ve had enough sun. Monitor the amount of sun your children take in.
  • Apply waterproof sunscreen before leaving home (reapply throughout the day). Sun screen does not protect instantly!
  • Drink plenty of fluids (avoid beverages with sweeteners or with caffeine).
  • Read the signs at every water park attraction and listen to all audio instructions provided by recordings or staff. Obey all rules and experience-level guidelines.
  • Follow the lifeguards’ instructions and signal them if you see someone in trouble. Remember, drowning is typically a silent killer. Distress splashing could be mistaken as child’s-play, and remember a person who is drowning may not necessarily scream for help.
  • Like visits to amusement parks and attractions designating a meeting place is always smart in the instance someone is separated from your party.  The buddy system is an excellent way to ensure no children are left alone. Many families will arrive early to get a “good” spot to set up for the day. Everyone knows that’s water park 101 :)

What other rules do you put in place for your little water bugs???

Enjoy the rest of your summer! Join hands with Lexlee’s Kids in caring for your kids’ safety. If you have any questions about water park safety, feel free to post here or contact Lexlee’s Kids at 225.372.3991.

Co-written by: Donna Theriot, 2014 Spring SLU Intern

Car Seat Safety Couture! Get your Car Seat Safety Swag TODAY!

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Calling all Car Seat Crazies! Jazz up your next car seat check event or just let everyone know you are COO-COO FOR CAR SEATS! Lexlee’s Kids presents…Car Seat Safety Couture!

Your gift will help Lexlee’s Kids provide car seat safety education to families and serve those most in need. With every $25.00 donation (+shipping, unless you pick up), you will receive the car seat safety couture shirt of your choice.  The cost of saving a child’s life is priceless! There is nothing more precious and innocent than a child and we must come together to keep our kids safe. All contributions are safe and secure— and we will never release your information to outside agencies. Our agency is 501c3 approved and all donations made to Lexlee’s Kids are tax-deductible!

Shipping: (PLEASE ADD TO DONATION)

1-SHIRT: $5, 2-SHIRTS: $7, 3-SHIRTS: $9, 4-SHIRTS: $11

***NO SHIPPING FOR ORDER PICK-UP***

Plus Size Upcharge: (PLEASE ADD TO DONATION)

2XL: $2, 3XL: $3, 4XL: $4, 5XL: $5 and 6XL: $6

Pre-Order Deadline:

All order donations must be received by pre-order deadline (Sunday, July 6th).

Please call or email for more info:

Crystal@lexleeskids.org or 225.372.3991.

To learn more about the Lexlee’s Kids Buckle Boogie Car Seat Safety Program, please visit http://www.lexleeskids.org/car-seat-checks.

From all of us at Lexlee’s Kids, thank you for your support and all you do to keep children safe!

Additional Information:

Download Car Seat Safety Couture donation form HERE! (Must be Submitted with Each Order)

View shirt sizing info HERE!

Online donation link HERE!

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MAY Child Product Recalls

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SAFETY FIRST sign with clipping pathThank you for trusting Lexlee’s Kids with your child safety concerns.  Each month we are provided with child product recalls, and are happy to share the latest child safety information in an effort to keep your kids safe. Do you own any of the products below? Take charge of your child’s safety! Join hands with Lexlee’s Kids in caring for your kids’ safety. If you have questions about child product recalls or child safety post here or contact Lexlee’s Kids at 225-372-3991.

To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, call CPSC’s Hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC’s teletypewriter at (301) 595-7054. To join a CPSC e-mail subscription list, please go to https://www.cpsc.gov/cpsclist.aspx. Consumers can obtain recall and general safety information by logging on to CPSC’s Web site at www.cpsc.gov.

May Recalls:

5/29/2014 CPSC: Sunbeam is voluntarily recalling ceramic heaters because they can overheat posing a fire hazard. Units: About 151,600

5/28/2014 CPSC: Hamilton Beach is voluntarily recalling baby food makers because small parts of the stainless steel pin in the lid can loosen and fall into the processed food. Units: About 790

5/28/2014 CPSC: Lithonia Lighting is voluntarily recalling emergency lights because the circuit board can overheat posing a fire hazard. Units: 1.7 million

5/27/2014 CPSC: Empress Arts is voluntarily recalling children’s pajamas because they fail to meet the federal flammability standards for children’s sleepwear posing a risk of burn and injury. Units: About 1,400

5/23/2014 FDA: Sun Tree is voluntarily recalling walnuts because there is a possibility they are  contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

5/23/2014 FDA: Belleville Farmer’s Market is voluntarily recalling walnuts because there is a possibility they are contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

5/23/2014 FDA: Brunkow Cheese is voluntarily recalling cheese because it may contain an undeclared soy ingredient, which can pose an allergen hazard.

5/22/2014 CPSC: Lakeshore Learning Materials is voluntarily recalling bristle builder play sets because the base of the three animal figures can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children. Units: About 2,000

5/21/2013 FDA: Sherman Produce is voluntarily recalling walnuts because there is a possibility they are contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

5/21/2014 CPSC: Nest Labs is voluntarily recalling smoke + CO alarms due to a failure to sound  an alert during a fire. Units: About 440,000

5/19/2014 FDA: WhiteWave Foods is voluntarily recalling soy milk because it may be contaminated with undeclared almond milk, which can pose an allergen hazard.

5/19/2014 FDA: Middle East Bakery is voluntarily recalling pancakes because they may contain undeclared milk.

5/19/2014 FDA: Lansal Inc is voluntarily recalling hummus and dip because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Units:  About 14,860 pounds

5/17/2014 FDA: Kraft Foods is voluntarily recalling cottage cheese because some ingredients used in these products were not stored in accordance to Kraft’s temperature guidelines which could create conditions that could lead to premature spoilage and/or food borne illness.

5/15/2014 FDA: American Waffle Company is voluntarily recalling pancakes because they make contain undeclared milk, which can pose an allergen hazard. Units: 480 cases

5/15/2014 CPSC: Nantucket Distributing is voluntarily recalling felt Easter baskets because the beads on the baskets can detach and pose a choking hazard. Units: About 24,200

5/15/2014 CPSC: H&M is voluntarily recalling girls’ leggings because a metal part on the belt can detach, posing a choking hazard.  Units: About 65,000

5/15/2014 CPSC: BMC is voluntarily recalling bicycles because a part can crack or break above the brake mount, posing a fall hazard to consumers. Units: About 160

5/12/2014 FDA: Stonyfield is expanding their voluntarily recall of YoBaby yogurt because here is a possibility that some of these yogurts may be contaminated with Klebsiella pneumonia. Units: An additional 1,344

5/9/2014 CPSC: Coleman is voluntarily recalling Northstar Lanterns because an incorrect gas feed tube was installed on the lantern, posing a fire hazard. Units: About 95

5/8/2014 FDA: Surma is voluntarily recalling raisins because they may contain undeclared sulfites, which pose an allergen hazard.

5/7/2014 CPSC: Discount School Supplies is voluntarily recalling magnetic color boards because magnet can detach and the plywood backing can crack and release small metal balls, which can pose a choking hazard. Units: About 3,700

5/5/2014 CPSC: Cycling Sports is voluntarily recalling Cannondale Tandem Bicycles because part of the bicycle can break and cause the riders to lose control, posing a fall risk.. Units: About 80

5/5/2014 FDA: Pacific Organic is voluntarily recalling mangos, due to a possible health risk from Listeria monocytogenes.

5/3/2014 FDA: Wells Enterprises is voluntarily recalling Blue Bunny ice cream, because the product may contain egg not declared on the label which can pose an allergen hazard.

5/1/2014 FDA: Sixdog investments is voluntarily recalling cases of organic eggs because they may be contaminated with salmonella.

5/1/2014 CPSC: J. Crew is voluntarily recalling baby coveralls, because the snaps on the coveralls can detach, posing a choking hazard. Units: About 8,700

– See more at: http://www.safekids.org/may-2014-childrens-products-safety-recalls#sthash.ZHks7sF8.dpuf