September is National Prepardness Month. This year's Resolve to be Ready campaign focuses on "Family Connection" to reinforce the importance of parents including their children in preparedness conversations in advance of potential disasters. The Ready campaign makes an emergency preparedness resolution easy to keep by recommending families consider these three ideas when making a plan: who to call, where to meet and what to pack.
Did You Know:
There are several free resources available to individuals and businesses to help prepare for emergencies. Check our our Safety Tips pages for hundreds of ideas on how to plan and prepare for emergencies.
Citizen Alert notification sign-up is available for both Kootenai County and Spokane County. Sign up online to have emergency alert notices sent to your home phone, cell phone or email address.
Keeping Kids Safe and Secure
Using a car seat (child safety seat) is the best protection you can give your child when traveling by car. Every state in the United States requires that an infant or small child be restrained. And with good reason — unintentional injury is the leading cause of death in children, and most such injuries are automobile crashes.
Child safety seats can substantially reduce the risk of a potentially fatal injury, especially for babies but also for toddlers. Yet many safety seats are used incorrectly. When choosing any car seat, following some general guidelines will help ensure a child's safety. The best car seat is not always the most expensive one — it's the one that best fits a child's weight, size, and age, as well as your vehicle.
If you need help installing your safety seat or would like a technician to check whether you've installed it properly, Kootenai Health has a car seat program to help. Click here to visit their site for more information.