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

It’s a Bike Safety Bonanza…Bike to School Day!

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untitledIt’s that time of the year…beautiful weather & perfect time to take a ride. Join hands with Lexlee’s Kids and University Terrace as we celebrate Bike to School Day 2014 on May 7th! This is a very exciting and enjoyable time for the kids, as spring is here and summer break is approaching. The Bike Safety Bonanza is designed to increase safety awareness for young bikers. This activity will allow students to bike together and enjoy valuable health and safety messages, while promoting safe biking to school!

Students from University Terrace will be celebrating and riding their bikes to school the right way. School staff, parents, community partners, local law enforcement and city official representatives will be joining us for our “Bike to School Day”, escorting University Terrace students to school at 7:30 AM (we will meet at Alaska St. Park at W. Roosevelt & Alaska) Grab your bike or walking shoes and stroll into safety for our kids!

walk&rollBefore rolling out at 8:00 AM, we will review traffic safety rules/hand signals and provide helmets to those in need.  Participants will also receive a bike light, bike lock, snack and water bottle. A brand new bike rack has been installed at the school!  Our goal is to educate students in hopes that they will take what they learn and apply the safety tips to their everyday biking habits and bike to school if/when able.

So spread the word, Bike to School Day…be there or be square. Let’s make this event one to remember for University Terrace!

University Terrace and Wildwood El. are benefiting from a $35,000.00 grant organized by Lexlee’s Kids & funded through Safe Routes to School Louisiana and the Department of Transportation and Development. The Safe Routes to School – Stroll into Safety program is designed to bring attention to the bike and pedestrian safety issues that exist at Wildwood and University Terrace Elementary, in an effort to promote walking and biking to school. The program is designed to educate students, caregivers and community members about the importance of pedestrian and bicyclist skills, traffic safety, personal safety and improving health and environmental conditions.

Lexlee’s Kids Stroll into Safety Program Sponsored by: Safe Routes to School Louisiana and Department of Transportation and Development.

If you have questions about the Safe Routes to School – Stroll into Safety Program, please contact Lexlee’s Kids at 225-372-3991 or crystal@lexleeskids.org.

Co-written by: Deonka Birdon, 2014 Spring SLU Intern

Stroll Into Safety!

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Watch out children walking! It ‘s important to teach your child to walk and cross the street safely.

STOP– Stop before crossing the street. Cross at the corner and use crosswalks.

LOOK– Look both ways before crossing the street. Look left, right, and then left again to ensure that no vehicles are coming.

LISTEN– Listen for vehicles and traffic noise.

Tips to Teach Kids:

  • Avoid walking in the street. Walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are not any sidewalks, walk in the grass, away from the street.
  •  Never run into or across the street!
  •  Be seen. Wear bright colors or reflectors, and bring a flashlight if walking at night. Stay in a well-lit area and make sure not to dart out from behind parkedcars, bushes, or other obstacles.
  •  Teach your children traffic signs and their meanings.
  •  Make sure you see cars and they see you.

Put your best foot forward and teach your kids how to stroll around safely. Join hands with Lexlee’s Kids in caring for your kid’s safety. If you have any questions or comments about Pedestrian Safety post here or contact Lexlee’s Kids at 225-372-3991.

Article Co-Written by: Odyssey Heavens (2012 Fall SLU Intern)

Lexlee’s Kids Stroll into Safety Program Sponsored by: Safe Routes to School Louisiana and Department of Transportation and Development.

 

Stroll Into Safety Pedestrian Parade!

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Wednesday, October 3, 2012 is International Walk to School Day and we are ready to stroll to and from school with students from University Terrace and Wildwood Elementary!

The two schools will benefit from a $35,000.00 grant organized by Lexlee’s Kids & funded through Safe Routes to School Louisiana and the Department of Transportation and Development. The Safe Routes to School – Stroll into Safety program is designed to bring attention to the bike and pedestrian safety issues that exist at Wildwood and University Terrace Elementary, in an effort to promote walking and biking to school. The program will educate students, caregivers and community members about the importance of pedestrian and bicyclist skills, traffic safety, personal safety and improving health and environmental conditions.

During the program, students will enjoy fun and educational lessons and activities. Each student will receive a free bike helmet and have chances to earn prizes that promote walking and biking! We are planning to start infrastructure projects during the 2013-2014 school year to make areas surrounding the schools more bike and pedestrian friendly.

Many areas surrounding the schools lack crossing guards, adequate signage, street striping, and sidewalks. If we expect parents to allow their most prized possessions to walk or bike to and from school, we must make the area as safe as possible for students to do so. We want parents and students to look at walking and biking to and from school as something positive, not a punishment. Walking and biking can be fun, and this is why Wildwood  is WILD about WALKING & University Terrace is WALKING the WALK! 

The fist “STEP” in the program is, International Walk to School Day. Our “Pedestrian Parade”, walking University Terrace students’ to school  and Wildwood students’ from school. During the “Parade” students will be escorted to and from school by school staff, parents, community partners, local law enforcement and city official representatives, all while cheering for safety, toting signs and stepping to the beat of tunes from local DARE vehicles. There will also be a hydration station and hand-held fans for walkers and bikers! We surly have our walking shoes on and we are putting our best foot forward for our kids!

If you have questions about the Safe Routes to School – Stroll into Safety Program, please contact Lexlee’s Kids at 225-372-3991 or crystal@lexleeskids.org.

Lexlee’s Kids Stroll into Safety Program Sponsored by: Safe Routes to School Louisiana and Department of Transportation and Development.

Special thanks to program partners: ICARE, Baton Rouge Constable’s Office, East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office, Office of the Mayor-President Kip Holden, Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers, Air Products and Chemicals, Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital, Wildwood Elementary and University Terrace Elementary.

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