The popular Bumbo baby seat is being voluntarily recalled because babies have fallen out of them fracturing their skulls. About 4 million of the seats have been sold in the U.S. More than 100 incidents of babies being injured by falling out of the baby seats have been reported in the U.S.
If you have a Bumbo baby seat stop using it until you get a free repair kit. Don’t return the baby seat to the store. The recall is not pulling the product off the market but adding a safety feature…basically a seat belt. Owners of Bumbo baby seats should go to www.bumbousa.com to get the free repair kit.
To safely use the Bumbo baby seat:
-always use the restraint belt
-only use the seat on the floor or level ground surface
-never use on elevated surfaces such as chairs or tables
-never leave the child unattended
-never use the seat in or near water
Remember a baby’s head is his heaviest part of his body. When he loses his balance, his head often hits the floor first.
As we hit the road to celebrate the birth of our nation, who would think this is the most dangerous day of the year to be on the road? But according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety the 4th of July is just that.
As we warn our teens to be careful with fireworks and around water add to the list driving. Teens make up nearly 10 percent of the 4th of July fatalities. We all know about the dangers of drinking an driving, but another contributing factor to teen crashes is texting while driving. Research funded by the Allstate Foundation shows that 49 percent of teens report that texting is their biggest distraction behind the wheel.
Of course, it’s not just teens. In 2010, more than 3,000 people died in crashes that involved distracted driving with another 416,000 injured. Distractions range from eating to talking on a cell phone to passengers in the vehicle. It’s amazing how much a small distraction increases your risk for a crash. Here are some examples: Reaching for a cell phone increases your risk for a crash by nine times. Texting increases your risk by 23 times. Taking your eyes off the road for five seconds at 55 mph is like driving the length of a football field blindfolded. One text behind the wheel equates to four beers (.08 blood alcohol level).
Please do your part to keep our roads safe this 4th of July. Don’t text and drive and don’t drink and drive.
Have a happy and safe Independence Day from the Sioux Empire Safety Village.
Argus - USA Today story features Safety Village type driving simulators
An article this weekend in the Argus Leader from the USA Today hailed the virtues of Interactive driving simulators from Virtual Driver. These are the same simulators used by the Sioux Empire Safety Village located at the W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds in Sioux Falls.
As pointed out in the article one of the great features of the simulators is that drivers learn consequences of driving while drinking or texting. The drivers not only experience what it’s like to drive impaired and while texting using their own phone, but once things go awry the police show up on the video, they take you to jail or maybe the hospital, and you go to court. You find out how much it’s going to cost you financially and how long a drunk driving charge stays on your record.
While these machines weren’t really meant to be mobile, the Sioux Empire Safety Village has figured out how to make them so. We’ve been taking our three simulators to schools in Eastern South Dakota for a little more than a year. More than 2,600 students have experienced Simulated Reality. We work with the schools and local law enforcement to make this happen. A simulator will be available to fair goers during the Sioux Empire Fair Aug. 4-12, if you want to try your hand at it.
Cooking fires continue to be the most common type of fires experienced by U.S. households. This is even more apparent during the holidays. There is an increased incidence of cooking fires on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve Day, and Christmas Day. Cooking fires are also the leading cause of civilian fire injuries in residences. These fires are preventable by simply being more attentive to the use of cooking materials and equipment.Don’t become a cooking fire casualty. Learn the facts about cooking fire safety today!
The Sioux Empire Safe House exhibit is located at the W.H. Lyons Fairgrounds in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The house is open all year for tours. To schedule your group or organization for a tour call us at 605-334-7233