NYC DOT has partnered with Toyota to introduce Family Safety Days, events geared towards safety in and around cars. The first Safety Day was held in June at Access Safety City in Washington Heights.
This free event included six interactive stations. Participants started off with a blank passport. When it was filled after going to each station, attendees received a prize.
- Myth or Fact? Spin the wheel, answer a safety question, and win a prize!
- Safe Car Search Spot the airbags and glow-in-the-dark trunk release.
- Safety Belt Relay Race Who can buckle up correctly the fastest?
- Put on Your Brakes Learn about speeding cars and stopping distances.
- Bike Smart See first-hand how to bike safely around cars and large vehicles.
- Heat Check Get a first-hands look at the extreme differences in temperature between the inside and outside of a car.
Did you know that 9 out of 10 car seats are not installed correctly? Have your car seat inspected by an on-site certified car seat technician at each Family Safety Day. Appointments are recommended.
Join us at the next Family Safety Day, in Staten Island:
Tuesday, July 19, 2011, 4 to 7 pm
Michael J. Petrides Educational Complex
715 Ocean Terrace, Staten Island
(Enter at the corner of Milford Drive and Renwick Avenue)Rain date July 21, 2011 from 4 to 7pm
Call 718-390-5153 for more information and to make an appointment to have your car seat inspected.
Join us in Queens this August - date and time to be announced!
Never leave your child alone in the car. Sunlight coming through car windows makes the car work like an oven. In just 10 minutes a car’s temperature can rise by 19 degrees – and it continues to increase after that.
It only takes a few minutes for a child to become dangerously overheated. When a body produces or absorbs more heat than it can handle, hyperthermia can set in. Hyperthermia is a serious condition and requires immediate treatment to prevent disability or death.
There is no evidence that cracking the windows prevents the temperature inside of a car from reaching dangerous levels.
Signs and symptoms of hyperthermia include:
- Extremely dry, red and hot skin
- Swollen lips
- Nausea, vomiting, headaches, fainting or dizziness
- Increased heart rate
- Seizures in younger children
- Unconsciousness and coma in extreme cases
Help spread the word. Never leave your child alone in a car – even for a minute.
Learn more about preventing hyperthermia in children from Safe Kids USA