Segway to Safety!

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burnedhoverboardSome say lazy & unhealthy (we should be getting our steps in), some say great ab workout (the balancing forces you to keep your core tight), some say fun and some say dangerous! Hoverboards are currently the hot buy. Literally…HOT! They may seem fun, but they pose risks! The fun and futuristic devices continue to cause fires and many injuries.

We have several concerns, but our top two are: 1. Helmets and 2. You should be focusing on not getting hit or hitting someone else instead of keeping your balance. The boards are being banned from sidewalks/streets in several areas! If you are looking to invest in a hoverboard, please do your research & make safety your priority! Here are some turn by turn tips to help you and your kiddos stay safe while enjoying your hoverboard!

Shopping:
• Research before you buy a hoverboard.
• Do not buy the lower budget model – these tend to be the models that catch fire!
• Packages, the device itself, or even the charging equipment will be labeled if it has been tested to meet minimum safety standards.
• Also, make sure to purchase with a warranty and notify the manufacturer and distributor of any problems.
• Product safety concerns can also be reported to the Consumer Product Safety Commission: https://www.saferproducts.gov/CPSRMSPublic/Incidents/ReportIncident.aspx

Charging:
• Charge in an open area away from combustible materials.
• Avoid leaving the hoverboard unattended while it is charging.
• Have a working fire extinguisher nearby while charging or using a hoverboard in and around your home.
• Do not overcharge the hoverboard or leave it plugged in overnight.
• Do not use imitation chargers.
• Only charge 1 device per outlet.
• Always let the hoverboard cool off after use and before charging.

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• Always read the user guide before riding a hoverboard and operate with the intended use.
• Calibrate board before riding. (To check if calibrated, lift the wheel up and press hand with the footpad. If the wheel is spinning and it is not shaking on you, it is calibrated correctly.)
• Suggested safety gear: a helmet (always!), elbow pads, kneepads, and wrist guards as needed.
• Do not text or operate a phone while riding board.
• Do not use a hoverboard on or near a road.
• Stand in the middle, not too much toe and not too much heel with a wide stance. Always look forward and not down.
• To get off of the board, always step backward not forward.
• If the board becomes very hot with use, discontinue use and check with the retailer about the issue.

Statement from U.S. CPSC Chairman Elliot F. Kaye on the Safety of Hoverboards and the Status of the Investigation: http://www.cpsc.gov/en/About-CPSC/Chairman/Kaye-Biography/Chairman-Kayes-Statements/Statements/Statement-from-US-CPSC-Chairman-Elliot-F-Kaye-on-the-Safety-of-Hoverboards-and-the-Status-of-the-Investigation/

Join hands with Lexlee’s Kids in caring for your kids’ safety. If you have any questions about hoverboard safety, feel free to post here or contact Lexlee’s Kids at 225.372.3991.

Co-written by: Haley Taylor, 2016 Spring SLU Intern

Save-a-Life Saturday!

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Senator Gabrielle Giffords

Life is unpredictable and we never know when we will have to throw on our super hero capes and save the day. Almost everyone can recognize that first aid and CPR skills are important, but many people may not think they will ever have to use the skills. CPR and first aid given by bystanders can save lives; take a look back at the shooting of Senator Gabrielle Giffords on January 8, 2011. CPR and first aid training allowed bystanders to put their skills to use until emergency personnel could arrive and take over.

 At the request of Senator Giffords’ husband, Mark Kelly, and in celebration of National American Red Cross Month, the Louisiana Capital Area Chapter of the American Red Cross is offering Save-a-Life Saturday on March 19th beginning at 8:30 am. This FREE event will provide essential first aid and CPR training to any who want to attend. Although this event is FREE and open to the public, reservations are required. To register, go to www.batonrouge.redcross.org or call (225) 291-4533.

Do you have the training to offer a helping hand to someone in need? Contact the Red Cross and use those hands to save a life!  Join hands with Lexlee’s Kids in caring for your kids’ safety. If you have any questions or comments regarding child safety, feel free to post here or contact Lexlee’s Kids at 225.761.7272 or www.LexleesKids.org.

Tis’ the Season to Give Thanks

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The season for food, fun, family and friends is here!  With the holidays fast approaching our thoughts go to special times with our loved ones.  With gifts in mind during the holiday season, the best gift one can give is the gift of safety.  Lexlee’s Kids is thankful for the opportunity to spread important safety messages that can help save the life of a precious child.  Embrace your little ones, hold on to those safety messages and fill your home with celebration and merriment this holiday season.

Lexlee’s Kids would like to wish you and your family a safe and happy Thanksgiving.  What are you thankful for this holiday season? 

Join hearts and hands with Lexlee’s Kids in caring for our kid’s safety this holiday season. If you are interested in learning more about Lexlee’s Kids, feel free to post here or contact Lexlee’s Kids at 225-761-7272 or www.lexleeskids.com.

Come see where we will Be!

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What will you and your family be getting into this weekend?  Want to have fun and learn at the same time for free???  This weekend is set to be a busy one for us!  Lexlee’s Kids will be participating in Baby Grand on Saturday, November 13th and Troop A Day on Sunday, November 14th.  Come out and spend the weekend with us.  Both events are FREE and open to the public.  Hope to see you there!

Baby Grand will be held at Woman’s Hospital in Baton Rouge, LA from 8:30 AM-1:00 PM.  Join healthcare professionals as they share tips on taking care of baby while taking care of you.  The event will have classes, tours, door prizes and exciting demonstrations. (no strollers please).

Troop A Day will be held in the Blue Bayou parking lot in Baton Rouge, LA from Noon-4:00 PM.  Come enjoy a fun filled family health and safety day with community vendors, games, activities, food, music and door prizes!

Join hands with Lexlee’s Kids in caring for kid’s safety.  For more information about Baby Grand and Troop A Day, post here or call 225.761.7272.

Get to Know Crystal Pichon-Executive Director of Lexlee’s Kids

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If someone would have told me I would end up becoming a safety professional, I wouldn’t have believed them.  With a BS degree in Kinesiology/Health Education and Promotion, concentrating in Community Health; I was all about improving the health of others.  I focused on the holistic approach of health:  physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and social; with a spotlight on childhood obesity.  During my last semester at Southeastern Louisiana University, I interned at the Safety Council of the Louisiana Capital Area; and somehow morphed into a super safety chick!

I began researching safety and all the particulars, but found myself pursuing the area that made my heart sing the most beautiful song.  I can still  hear the sweet little voices and know that child safety is my home.  You know what they say; “Home is where the heart is.”  My inspiration comes from the children I see and hear each day.  There is nothing more innocent than a child and their little lives are beautiful and precious.  I allow my passion for the well-being of children to shine through my dedication and warmth for educating the public about preventing injuries.  I believe safety education for children and caregivers is essential and will continue to display that devotion through each parent, caregiver and child I come in contact with.

Earning the opportunity to be the Executive Director of Lexlee’s Kids is an honor and dream come true.  From the grandparent who says, “my how things have changed”; to the parent who thanks you with tears in their eyes; to the teen who is road ready; to the little one who can buckle up and boogie; to the wee one who smiles in their properly installed car seat…I love, love, love it all!   

When I am not officially working, I can be found teaching adult and kid group exercise classes at Bally Total Fitness; spending time with family, friends and loved ones; cleaning house and beautifying my yard.  HGTV inspires me to be absolutely fabulous on the home front!

Join hands with Lexlee’s Kids in caring for our kid’s safety. If you are interested in learning more about Lexlee’s Kids, feel free to post here or contact Lexlee’s Kids and speak with Crystal at 225-761-7272 or www.lexleeskids.com.

Ready, Set, STOP…There’s a Britax Car Seat Recall!

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Knowing that the most dangerous time of day is when we are on the road, we get lots of parents who worry about their child’s carseat being recalled.  The best way to stay informed about the latest child passenger safety information is to contact a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician. Make sure the person helping you is Nationally Certified, active and up to date!  Although you may think asking a bunch of questions makes you seem like “that mom or dad”, your child’s life is worth it! 

Join hands with Lexlee’s Kids in caring for our kid’s safety. If you own this child safety seat and have any questions, feel free to post them here or contact Lexlee’s Kids and speak with a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician at 225-761-7272 or www.lexleeskids.com.

-Crystal, Executive Director of Lexlee’s Kids/Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician Instructor

 Calling all Britax Carseat Users!

Britax Child Safety, Inc. has determined that all Britax Chaperone Infant Car Seats manufactured between April 2009 and May 2010 for Model numbers E9L69N9, E9L69P2, E9L69P3 and EL969P5 contain a defect which relates to safety.The Chest Clip supplied with the Chaperone Infant Car Seat was incorrectly produced by the manufacturer which resulted in a more brittle chest clip than was intended. As a result, the chest clip which positions the harness straps across the infant’s shoulders may break when the chest clip is engaged as the infant is secured into the infant car seat. The sharp edges of the broken chest clip create a risk of a skin laceration and the fractured components of the chest clip may present a small parts/choking hazard. If your chest clip breaks, remove the broken chest clip from the harness along with any fragments. The Chaperone Infant Car Seat can continue to be used outside of the vehicle until the replacement chest clip is installed.

Britax is providing  a remedy kit that contains a replacement chest clip and an instruction sheet.  Please contact the Customer Service Department at 1-888-427-4829 with questions concerning this notice or view our website online at www.ChaperoneSeatRecall.com. The model and manufacture date from your Chaperone Infant Car Seat will be necessary when calling or viewing the posted information online.  This information can be located on the bottom of your infant car seat.

Child Product Recalls Issued by U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission in October 2010 are as Follows: 

10/05/2010 – PBteen Recalls to Repair Sleep and Study Loft Beds Due to Fall and Injury Hazards 10/06/2010 – Tike Tech Recalls Jogging Strollers Due to Strangulation Hazard

 10/06/2010 – Valco Baby Recalls Jogging Strollers Due to Strangulation Hazard

 10/07/2010 – “Alexander Designs” Brand Drop-Side Cribs Sold Exclusively at JCPenney Recalled for Repair Due to Entrapment, Suffocation and Fall Hazards

 10/07/2010 – Green Mountain Vista Inc. Recalls Roman Shades due to Risk of Strangulation

 10/15/2010 – Evenflo Recalls Maestro Combination Booster Seats for Failure to Conform to Safety Standards

 10/18/2010 – Bathtub Toys Recalled by Munchkin Due to Risk of Injury

 10/19/2010 – Dollar Tree Recalls Children’s Projector Flashlights Due to Fire and Burn Hazards

 10/19/2010 – Infant’s Overalls Recalled by Lollytogs Due to Choking Hazard

 10/20/2010 – Graco Recalls Quattro™ and MetroLite™ Strollers Due to Risk of Entrapment and Strangulation: Four Infant Strangulation Deaths Reported

 10/22/2010 – Ethan Allen Recalls to Repair Drop-Side Cribs Due to Entrapment, Suffocation and Fall Hazards

 10/22/2010 – Angel Line Recalls to Repair Longwood Forest Drop-Side Cribs Due to Entrapment, Suffocation and Fall Hazards

 10/22/2010 – Victory Land Group Recalls to Repair Drop-Side Cribs Sold Exclusively at Kmart Due to Entrapment, Suffocation and Fall Hazards

 10/27/2010 – Meijer Recalls Infant Shoes Due to Choking Hazard

 10/28/2010 – Dollar Tree Recalls Children’s Halloween Lanterns Due to Fire and Burn Hazards

 10/29/2010 – Girls’ Ruffle Vests Recalled by The Children’s Place Due to Choking Hazard

 10/29/2010 – Britax Recalls Chaperone Infant Car Seat Due to Defective Chest Clip

I Scream, You Scream, We all Scream for Halloween!

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Halloween has come and gone and now the holiday season is knocking at the door!  I hope everyone enjoyed the Halloween festivities.  David dressed up as a firefighter and had a great time…for the most part.  We made it to all of about four houses, before he saw people going to his house and proceeded to yell, “My House, My House!”  His trick-or-treating came  to an end rather quickly this year.  I didn’t mind, because there were children hopping off of hay ride trailers, children in the back of pick-up trucks, drivers and pedestrians everywhere.  I wanted to get David onto safe ground as quickly as I could.

We headed back towards the house, sat on the front proch and gave out candy for the rest of the evening.  Little David was such a BIG boy passing out candy this year.  During the night we came across: princesses, police officers, lady bugs, zombies, Indiana Jones, ghosts, rock stars and a number of other creative creatures.  There is nothing like the pitter-patter of little feet and the sound of excitement as little voices yell, “trick-or-treat!” 

-Lexlee, Founder of Lexlee’s Kids

How was your Halloween?  What festivities did you and your family participate in?  What did you do to ensure our child’s safety while trick-or-treating this year?

Join hands with Lexlee’s Kids in caring for kid’s safety.  For more information about child safety, please visit www.lexleeskids.com or call 225.761.7272.

Trick or Treat using your Feet!

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Halloween is fast approaching and I’m sure your little ballerinas, zombies and firefighters are ready to ride!  Although loading the kiddies in the back of the pick-up truck or planning a happening hay ride sounds like a good time, Lexlee’s Kids would like you and your little ones to trick or treat using your feet!

Riding children under the age of twelve in the back of a pick-up truck is illegal in Louisiana.  Aside from being against the law, it’s very dangerous considering there is nothing to hold passengers down.  Without seatbelts, minor bumps and turns can be spooky. Riding in the bed of a truck raises the chances for passengers to be ejected, turning a minor crash into a major fright fest.

Incidents not only occur on highways, but in neighborhoods, residential areas and school zones.  Although we like to call our little ones precious cargo while on the road, they are not the kind of cargo you put in the back of a pick-up.

Trick or treating on foot promotes healthy living and helps reduce the chances of being involved in a pedestrian crash, by reducing the number of vehicles on the road. Make sure your shining star lights up the neighborhood by carrying a flashlight or glow stick. It’s a great idea to use reflective treat bags and add reflective tape to costumes.

Walk the walk and remind kids to stay out of the road and be cautious as they cross the street.  Look left, right and left again before crossing and be sure to cross at crosswalks and intersections.  Driver’s beware of trick or treaters walking at night!  Lexlee’s Kids would like to wish you and your family a safe and happy Halloween! 

Will you and your kids trick or treat using your feet?  What are your thoughts about transporting passengers in the back of a pick-up truck?

Join hands with Lexlee’s Kids in caring for kid’s safety.  For more information about Halloween and passenger safety, please visit www.lexleeskids.com or call 225.761.7272.

Trick-or-Treat for Safety

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Halloween is a spooktacular night for families, but Lexlee’s Kids would like you to avoid a safety scare!  Be sure to walk your children through the “rules of the road” while trick-or-treating.  Unfortunately, twice as many children are hit while walking to trick-or-treat than walking throughout the rest of the year.  

With daylight savings approaching, children are likely to be trick-or-treating at nightfall. Night driving and excited children could put a stop to this fun fall festivity. To keep kids safe, remind children see and be seen this Halloween. 

 Parents should remind kids to stay out of the road and be cautious as they cross streets.  Discuss safe walking while you have your child’s attention, preferably before they go out to trick-or-treat. Children should carry flashlights or glow sticks as well as use a reflective treat bag.  It’s a great idea to add reflective tape to their costumes. This is an easy way to increase visibility to drivers. Ensuring that our kids are seen this Halloween is essential to keeping this holiday fun for everyone.

 -Crystal, Executive Director of Lexlee’s Kids

 Lexlee’s Kids would like to remind families: 

  •  Wee One or Big Kid?  Children under age 10 should trick-or-treat with adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to go trick-or-treating without supervision, make sure they go in a group and they stick to a predetermined route with good lighting. 
  • Bright as a Light.  Wear bright costumes and reflectors to increase visibility for drivers.
  • Look for Safety.  Look left, right and left again before crossing the street.  Cross the street at crosswalks and intersections.
  • Step Aside.  Walk on the sidewalk.
  • Treat Check.  Check your children’s treats to make sure they are safe to eat.
  • Trip or Treat.  Long baggy costumes may cause children to trip and could catch on fire if they brush against a jack-o-lantern or candle flame.
  • Stick em’ Up.  Make sure all props are flexible to prevent puncture wounds. 
  • Big Shoes to Fill.  Make sure your shoes fit.  Big, floppy shoes are difficult to walk in and may cause you to fall.
  • Eye See You.  Make sure eyeholes in costume masks are wide enough to see and are well ventilated.
  • Stranger Danger.  Children should only go to homes where the residents are known and where outside lights are on.
  • Pedestrians Passing.  Drivers, slow down and anticipate heavier than usual pedestrian traffic.
  • Trick-or-Treat Time.  Remember that popular trick-or-treating hours are usually between 5:30-9:30 p.m.  Check with local leaders for trick-or-treating times in your community.
  • In the Spot Light. Drivers, be sure to drive with your full headlights on so you can spot children from greater distances.

Whether you participate in fall festivals, trunk-or-treat, indoor candy grabs or regular ole’ trick-or-treating; put safety at the top of your list.  Are you geared up and ready for the holiday?  What will you and your family be dressing as this Halloween?

Join hands with Lexlee’s Kids in caring for our kid’s safety. For more information about Halloween Safety, please visit www.lexleeskids.com or call 225.761.7272.

     

Buckled up and Ready to Boogie? Apply your Brakes, there’s an Evenflo Car Seat Recall!

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On October 15, 2010 Evenflo announced a voluntary recall of some of its Maestro combination booster seats due to a safety flaw.  The recall affects seats with model numbers starting with 310 and built from November 24, 2009 to April 9, 2010.  A parent can usually find the manufacture date and model number on the bottom, side or inside of the seat. 

The recall is the result of independent laboratory testing reported in Consumer Reports Magazine.  The testing showed that the seat could crack and fail in a simulated 30 mph frontal collision.

The seat is designed to be used in forward facing position for children weighing 20-50 lbs with 5-point harness straps, or as belt positioning booster for children weighing between 40-100 lbs and up to 57” tall.  Parents who own this seat and are using it for children weighting under 40 pounds should not use the seat without receiving a retrofit kit from Evenflo which will include a repair bracket. If using the seat for children weighing over 40 pounds, the seat can still be used, but only as a seat belt-positioning booster unless the retrofit is completed. The recall affects nearly 14,000 seats distributed in the United States and 4,4 79 seats distributed in Canada. Evenflo will remove all affected seats from stores.

The company requests that purchasers of affected Evenflo Maestro seats contact Evenflo for a free reinforcement kit by calling (in the U.S.) 800-233-5921 and (in Canada) 800-265-0749 between 8 am and 5 pm ET. Customers are urged not to return seats to retail stores where purchased.

Join hands with Lexlee’s Kids in caring for our kid’s safety. If you own this child safety seat and have any questions, feel free to post them here or contact Lexlee’s Kids and speak with a certified child passenger technician at 225-761-7272 or www.lexleeskids.com.