Safe Kids Kansas

Preventing Accidental Injury.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 3, 2009

KDHE Office of Communications
communications@kdheks.gov, 785-296-0461

Knowledge of Home Safety is Important for Babysitters

Safe Kids Kansas offers safety tips for parents hiring sitters

Each year, an average of 2,096 children ages 14 and under die as a result of a home injury. Parents who have taken safety precautions around the home need to make sure their babysitters are familiar with these measures.

“If you’ve installed smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, practiced your fire escape plans, stocked a first aid kit and put safety latches on cabinets and toilets, that’s great — but these precautions can all go to waste if you forget to mention them to your babysitter,” says Cherie Sage, State Director for Safe Kids Kansas.

“Even after you find the right babysitter — a reliable, experienced sitter with references, at least 13 years old, preferably trained in first aid and CPR — you need to provide them safety tour of your home,” says Sage.

Take the time to:

For more information about childcare safety and childproofing your home, call 785-296-1223, or visit www.usa.safekids.org

Safe Kids Kansas, Inc. is a nonprofit Coalition of over 70 statewide organizations and businesses dedicated to preventing accidental injuries to Kansas children ages 0-14.   Local coalitions and chapters are located in Allen, Anderson, Atchison, Clay, Coffey, Dickinson, Doniphan, Douglas, Elk, Ellis, Finney, Ford, Franklin, Geary, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Labette, Leavenworth, Marion, Marshall, McPherson, Meade, Mitchell, Montgomery, Osage, Pottawatomie, Rice, Riley, Saline, Smith, Shawnee, Wilson and Woodson Counties, as well as the cities of Chanute, Emporia, Leavenworth, Pittsburg, the Wichita Area (including Butler, Harvey, Sumner and Sedgwick counties) and the Metro Kansas City Area (Wyandotte county and several Missouri counties.)  Safe Kids Kansas a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations whose mission is to prevent accidental childhood injury. The lead agency for Safe Kids Kansas is the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

Visit us at www.safekidskansas.org.