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Children's Health & Safety Information
Welcome to our Website!
Due to the ever-increasing importance of children's health issues, Children's Health and Safety Association's mission is to continue the work that Children's Safety Association of Canada has accomplished for the past twenty years and provide up-to-date and vital health information for every concerned parent.
Our children's eating habits have changed so much that heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and a myriad of other adult diseases are plaguing them at an unforeseen rate - and the statistics are staggering. One in four young children in Canada is overweight or obese and only 7% get the recommended sixty minutes of exercise daily. We will address children's health issues and concerns as a proactive measure to help sustain children's health and well-being and exemplify why parents can no longer afford to be complacent with processed food.
We are proud of the great strides that Canadians have made towards the reduction of children's preventable accidents. Sadly, even now, more children die from preventable injuries in Canada than from all childhood diseases combined. The most devastating and emotionally unyielding situation that a parent can experience is the loss of a child. Despite the overwhelming desire for parents to keep their children safe, injuries and fatalities occur at an alarming rate, generally because during our busy lives we forget some basic safety rules.
We believe the most effective way of instilling positive change for children's health and safety is through awareness and information programs. Our mission is to provide as much information to as many parents as possible for the safety and well-being of children everywhere.
It is our objective to become the best and most reputable network for all businesses that want to take a stand and make a difference in this world, by not only providing them with a website where they can introduce their products and services but also an authentic and unwavering platform from which their voices can be heard. It is through our collective integrity that we unite together with one strong voice to make this world a better and safer place for our children.
Our children are our future. The safe guards that we provide for them now will support and strengthen their growing years. Together - let's endeavour to be the best that we can be.
We hope you will support our program as we take pride in continuing the legacy and mission of Children's Safety Association of Canada.
GRACO STROLLER & TRAVEL SYSTEMS RECALL
November 20, 2014 - Health Canada announced today the recall of 8 single-occupant stroller models manufactured by Graco Children’s Products due to a folding hinge that poses a risk to children's fingers. While there have been no reports of injuries in Canada, several children in the U.S. have lost fingertips or parts of a finger. The recalled Graco products include: Aspen, Breeze, Capri, Cirrus, Literider, Sierra, Sterling and other travel systems that were sold in Canada from August 2000 to November 2014.
If you own of these Graco strollers or travel system products, please call 1-800-667-8184 immediately for a free repair kit, which will be available at the beginning of December. The model number and date of manufacture can be located on the stroller’s tubing frame.
Health Canada recommends that while caregivers are waiting for a repair kit, exercise extreme caution when unfolding the stroller ensuring the hinges are firmly locked before placing your child in the stroller.
Over 200,000 of these strollers were purchased in Canada.
TUCSON BABY DIES IN HOT CAR
October 24th, 2014 - Seven-month-old Isabel Ledo Herrera died in Tucson, Arizona on October 22nd, after being left in a car for 8 hours by her father.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration determined that the temperature of a car can rise 20° in just ten minutes; and shade and cooler temperatures don't make things any safer. Children can die in cars long after summer is over.
BABY LEFT IN HOT CAR FOR 6 HOURS
October 17, 2014 - A 6-month-old baby girl in Hillsboro, Oregon died after being left in a car parking lot for 6 hours by her father. She was supposed to be dropped off at a day-care centre.
ANOTHER CHILD FALLS THROUGH A WINDOW
August 24, 2014 - A three-year-old boy from Kitchener, Ontario fell out of a second-story window yesterday after children on the street called out to him to play outside. The boy was so excited he jumped on the bed, looked outside of the window, and fell through the screen.
The boy was taken to the hospital but returned home a couple of hours later with no injuries.
Window screens are not intended to protect your children from falling out of a window. Consider keeping your windows (above the first storey) closed or installing window guards or stops which will prevent your windows from opening beyond 4".
TODDLER SUFFERS INJURIES FALLING FROM 2nd FLOOR WINDOW
August 18, 2014 – Yesterday, a three-year-old boy suffered serious injuries after falling from a 2nd floor window in Whitby, Ontario. The boy was playing on a bed that was against a window when the screen gave way. The child rolled off the roof, falling approximately 15 feet on concrete.
The boy was transferred to Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto from Lakeridge Health in Oshawa, where he remains in stable condition. Foul play is not suspected.
Toddlers are natural climbers. As a safety precaution, please remember to keep all furniture away from the proximity of windows.
10-MONTH-OLD DIES IN HOT CAR
July 25, 2014 – Yesterday a baby girl died after being left in a hot car for two hours in Wichita, Kansas. Sedgwick County Police found the baby in a car parked outside her home. The case is still under investigation.
There have been 18 hot car deaths in the United States so far this year.
Boy Suffers serious Injuries after Falling from Third-Storey Window
July 18, 2014 - Yesterday a 7-year-old boy suffered life-threatening injuries after he fell from a third-storey window near Birchmount Road and Finch Avenue East in Toronto. The boy's parents took him to Scarborough Grace Hospital, where he was airlifted to the Hospital for Sick Children.
TWO YEAR OLD DIES IN SWELTERING CAR
July 9, 2014 - A two-year-old toddler died in a sweltering car parked at home last Sunday in El Paso, Texas. Medics performed CPR but the child was pronounced dead. Details surrounding this case are still under investigation. The national weather service reported that temperatures reached the mid to upper 90s throughout the weekend.
CHILD LEFT IN HOT CAR – MOTHER CHARGED WITH NEGLECT
July 9, 2014 – Michelle King of Nassau County, Florida took her 18–month-old twins and 6-year-old boy with her while she drove her husband to work. When King returned home, she forgot the male twin in the car and went back to sleep. Around 10:30 a.m. her 6-year-old son found his younger brother inside the car. King is facing neglect charges. The 18-month-old boy was taken to hospital and treated for heat exhaustion. He is now in stable condition.
PARENTS LEFT CHILDREN IN CAR WHILE GAMBLING
July 8, 2014 – Nathan Dale Ostermeier, 29, and Betsy Rae Hansen, 26, of Dell Rapids, South Dakota left their children in a car for at least two hours while they gambled at a casino. A bystander spotted the children in the car and called police. Ostermeier and Hansen were charged with three counts of abuse and neglecting a minor. Officers found methamphetamine in Ostermeier's pants pocket. He was charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
MOM LEAVES 3 CHILDREN IN CAR WHILE SHOPPING
July 8, 2014 – Jennifer Milem, 27, of Rock Hill, South Carolina left her three children - 1, 2 and 3 years of age sleeping in the car while she went grocery shopping.
Police said the air conditioning was running in the car and the vehicle was left unlocked. Police noticed a small piece of wood placed in front of one of the tires. Milem told officers her emergency brake was broken, and since the vehicle was a standard, the wooden block prevented the car from rolling away.
The child in the middle seat did not have a seat belt securing the car seat. Police cited Milem for failing to secure the child restraint and charged her with ‘cruelty to children’. The case will be referred to Department of Social Services for investigation.
15-MONTH-OLD DIES IN HOT CAR WHILE FATHER IS AT WORK
July 7, 2014 – 15-month-old Benjamin Seitz died last Monday in Ridgefield, Connecticut when his father left him in a vehicle parked outside his workplace. Police said they are working with the state police Western District Major Crime Unit and the Danbury State's Attorney's Office to determine what happened.
other cases in Connecticut result in criminal charges
John Morgan, 60, of Waterford, CT was charged with two counts of risk of injury to a minor after a police officer found a 9-year-old and 6-year-old left unattended in a car. The two children were sweating and had red faces. The temperature in the car reached 100°.
Cassandra Donnejour Nonossiold, 27, of East Haven, CT, was charged with leaving a child unsupervised in a motor vehicle while she went shopping at a Target Store.
Last week Brian Pavao, 33, of Groton, CT was charged with risk of injury to a minor after he left an infant in a 130° car while shopping at a supermarket.
Nathalie Stonier, 36, of Shelton, CT was charged with risk of injury for leaving her 3-year-old child in a car while she went shopping. A witness called 911 after seeing Stonier walking away from the parked vehicle.
Last March, Danny Ramos of West Hartford, CT was charged with risk of injury for leaving his 5-year-old nephew in a car while he worked out at a gym. Danny Ramos, 36, told police he didn't know the child was in the car. Ramos was also charged with interfering with an officer and second-degree reckless endangerment.
Rosalie Rivera of New Britain, CT was arrested last April for leaving her four children – aged, 2, 6, 7 and 9 inside a vehicle while she shopped for a cellphone. Rivera is facing four counts of risk of injury to a minor as well as interfering with police.
WOMAN LEAVES 4-MONTH-OLD IN VAN
July 6, 2014 – Natasha Graver, 32, of St. Petersburg, Florida left her 4-month-old daughter in a van for about 3½ hours while she attended a funeral. She placed her daughter in a child-safety seat in the back seat of her van and went to church. She told police officers she forgot to bring the baby in with her, leaving the van with the windows rolled up. She then drove home and still forgot her child was in the back seat. It was only until she and her husband decided to go out for dinner they noticed their daughter in the car.
Paramedics treated her baby for heat exposure and transported the infant to All Children's Hospital where officials say the baby's condition is stable but undergoing other tests. Graver was charged with one count of child abuse and later released on a $5,000.00 bond.
TODDLER LEFT IN HOT CAR - MOM ARRESTED
July 1, 2014 - Cara Dubois, 27, was arrested with child desertion and the 'intentional or negligent exposure of a child to potential danger' on Monday, after she left her 21-month-old son alone inside a locked, idling car at noon in Houma, Louisiana.
A passerby spotted the child and alerted authorities. The outside temperature was about 91° at the time and the car's interior would have reached 109° in 10 minutes and 119° in 20 minutes.
Police determined that the toddler was in good health and released to the father’s custody. Cara faces up to six months of jail time and fines of up to $500 if convicted.
TWO CHARGED FOR LEAVING CHILDREN UNATTENDED IN IDLING CAR
June 30, 2014 – Elizabeth Elliot, 22 and Andrew Froberg, 30, each face child endangerment charges including risk of injury to a child, leaving a child unsupervised and first-degree reckless endangerment after Hartford, Connecticut State Police found two children – an eleven-month-old baby and a three-year-old unattended in an idling car outside a grocery store about 7 pm last Friday.
Froberg and Elliot are held at $20,000 bail each and are scheduled to appear in court tomorrow. The children were turned over to the state Department of Children and Families. Firefighters determined that the children were OK and police said the children were left in the car for more than 15 minutes.
SON DIES IN CAR – FATHER CHARGED WITH MURDER
June 19, 2014 - Justin Ross Harris, 33, of Marietta, Georgia, is being held without bond in Cobb County Jail on charges of murder and cruelty to children. His 22-month-old son succumbed to heat stroke after being left in a SUV for 7 hours while he went to work.
Every parent and caregiver should be aware of the dangers of heat stroke for children and pets. For more detailed information, please click on Children, Cars and Hot Temperatures – A Lethal Combination.
FATHER LOCKS BABY IN CAR WHILE HE GOES TO WORK
June 17, 2014 – A nine-month-old baby girl in Rockledge, Florida died yesterday after being left in a pickup truck for several hours outside a strip mall where her father worked. The baby was pronounced dead a short time after paramedics arrived at 4:45 pm.
It was 85 degrees that day but inside a vehicle, temperatures can quickly climb up to 120 degrees within an hour, causing children and animals to suffer heatstroke and die.
44 children across the USA died of vehicle-related heat deaths in 2013 and this year 11 children have already died.
ANOTHER TRAGIC DEATH
June 7, 2014 - Regardless of the low 20 temperature, a 15-month old girl died of heat stroke after being left unattended in a car last Wednesday at her grandfather’s home in Dolgeville, New York.
Even the best-intentioned parents and caregivers can overlook a sleeping baby in a car. NEVER leave a child in car unattended. Be safe!!