If You're One of Custer's Kids,
You're Also a SAFE KID

SAFE KIDS TIPS

  • Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death among children ages 1 to 4, and the second leading cause of accidental death among children ages 1 to 14.  Always wear an appropriately sized life jacket when on a boat, near open bodies of water or when participating in water sports.
  • Make sure you wear a helmet and other protective gear every time you skate, ride a bike, horse, or scooter.  Make sure that helmet is fitted properly and worn snugly.
  • The Cavs want you to join them in wearing appropriate gear that is properly fitted when practicing and playing team sports.  Keep hydrated by drinking appropriate amounts of water, particularly on warm summer days.  “Make it a Safe Kids Summer” and have fun, but be safe when playing your sport.
  • Look left, right and left again when crossing a street and continue looking as you cross.  Wear reflective materials on your clothing at dawn and dusk and in other low-light situations. 
  • Did you know that all children ages 12 and under should be properly restrained in a back seat of a vehicle on every ride.  BUCKLE UP Wyoming!  Every year, we lose too many of our friends to needless highway tragedies due to the lack of using a seat belt or proper child restraint. 
  • The single most effective safety device available to reduce head injury and death from bicycle crashes is a helmet. 
  • Driveways and parking lots are dangerous areas for kids.  “Spot the Tot” by walking around your parked vehicle to check for kids before entering the car and starting the motor. 
  • Wyoming law states that all children under the age of 9 be secured in the proper child restraint.  Call Safe Kids of Central Wyoming at 577-2535 for more information and ask about their next Car Seat Check.
  • Summer means outdoor fun!  “Make it a Safe Kids Summer” but beware of the weather when you head outdoors. 
  • We live in a state where many of us are gun owners.  Be responsible and always keep guns out of the reach of kids.  Lock your guns if possible. 

     

 
3,000 Toddlers Per Year Injured by TVs Tipping Over
Safe Kids of Central Wyoming Urges Parents to Anchor Unstable Furniture to Wall/Floor

(Casper) - Each year, nationwide, an estimated 3,000 children ages 5 and under go to the emergency room with injuries caused by TV sets falling or tipping over, and at least 100 people — mostly young children — have been killed since 2000 by falling TVs or other furniture, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. “Kids try to climb and reach the controls on a TV, or they pull on hanging cords, and they can pull a TV off a stand or pull the stand itself down on top of themselves,” explained Diane Guerttman, coordinator of Safe Kids of Central Wyoming. “In some cases, kids have been fatally crushed this way, and even nonfatal injuries to the head and neck can be devastating.”

Safe Kids of Central Wyoming recommends these precautions to prevent furniture tipovers:

  • Make sure TV stands, tables, dressers and other pieces of furniture are stable and not top-heavy. Drawers and shelves should be loaded with heavier contents near the bottom and less weight near the top.
  • Furniture that kids might be tempted to climb — such as bookcases, dressers or anything holding electronics — should be anchored to a wall or floor with angle brackets.
  • Tie electrical cords out of reach of children.
  • Don’t keep remote controls, candy or other tempting items on unstable stands or tables.
     

Child Passenger Week wad recognized in Central Wyoming February 10-17, 2007

Kids were invited to participate in "Where in Casper is the Safe Kids Van?"
 

Whenever the van was spotted, kids called and left their name, school and the location where they spotted the van. They were then entered into a very special Valentine Surprise with the winner being announced on February 14th, at 6:45 a.m. during the Today in Wyoming show on KCWY-Channel 13.

The prize was delivered (by a very special guest) to the winner at her school that same day.


An Open House was held at Fire Station #1 on February 10th , 10:00-12:00, to kick off National Child Passenger Safety Week in Central Wyoming. Safe Kids of Central Wyoming invites the public to learn more about the correct child passenger restraint system to use for their children and enjoy festivities and refreshments with local celebrities.

A car seat inspection was also be available.

Expectant parents are encouraged to attend and learn to to install seats for their unborn babies. For more information, call 577-2535.
 



Rachel receives a Wyoming Cavalry Safe Kids Certificate from Custer for participating in Passenger Safety Awareness Week
 



Safe Kids volunteers receive 40 hours of training for Passenger Safety.
They take their jobs very seriously and are a provide a very important service to the citizens of Casper, Wyoming.


Custer enjoys a little "down-time" with Casper's Finest from Fire Station #1


  
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