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What is the Safety Store?
Welcome to The Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM) Safety Store shopping cart, your resource for high quality, low-cost child safety products and free injury prevention education. We are owned and operated by the Division of Safety Education and Outreach in the Department of Pediatrics at IUSM. The IUSM Safety Store is the first of its kind in the nation to serve the needs of all children, including safety for children with disabilities or special health care needs. Our goal is to prevent accidents, which are the leading cause of death in children ages 1 – 14. Many of our products are also helpful to prevent accidental injuries for senior citizens.
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Bike Safety Tips
Bike Safety Tips A bike ride is a fun activity for the whole family! Help everyone have fun and be safe by following these tips: Always wear a helmet Wear a properly fitted helmet whenever you ride a bike, scooter, or participate in any other wheeled activity. Head size determines helmet size, not age. Measure your head to get the right size of helmet. Wear your helmet level with the ground. The straps should make a V below your ears. The helmet should not move when you shake your head. For more tips on how to fit a helmet, see our helmet fitting instructions. Always replace a helmet that has been involved in a crash. Check your bike Make sure your bike is the right size for you. Your feet should be flat on the ground when sitting on the seat. Check the tires for proper inflation. Check the pedals and seat to be sure they are tight. Check to see if the brakes work. Be seen Wear bright colored and reflective clothing. Use reflectors and lights on your bike. Make eye contact with drivers before crossing the street. Follow the rules of the road Use hand signals for turns and stops. Ride in the same direction as traffic. Obey all signs and traffic lights. Walk your bike across busy intersections. For more safety tips, stop by the Racing for Safety website. Racing for Safety is a program to teach kids of all ages about wheeled safety. There are videos to watch and activity sheets for kids! Community groups can borrow equipment to set up a course in their own neighborhood. Buy bike helmets at low cost from The Safety Store! We can help you find the right size of helmet. We also sell multi-sport helmets, bike flags, and knee, elbow, and wrist pad sets. Visit out our website at The Safety Store. Call us at 1-888-365-2022 or 1-317-944-6565.
School Bus Safety Tips
The following checklist will help you teach your child and family how to be safe on around school buses: Due to Covid 19, schools may be requiring students to mask up before they get on the bus. Arrive at the bus stop 5 minutes early to avoid being rushed or careless. Stand at least five giant steps (10 feet) away from the road while waiting for the school bus. Wait until the bus has completely stopped and the doors are open before approaching. Sit quietly as not to distract the bus driver. Remember, all drivers must stop for the bus when the red warning lights are flashing and when the "STOP" sign is out. Drivers should never attempt to pass a bus. When exiting the bus, immediately take 10 giant steps straight out the door. Do not walk behind the school bus and make sure the bus driver can see you at all times. Ask the bus driver for help to pick up anything that falls under the bus. To cross the street while getting on and off the school bus: Stop and listen. Look left, right, then left again. Look behind and all around you. Keep looking for cars as you cross the street. Talk to your children and family about the importance of being safe in and around school buses.
Water Safety Tips
Did you know that drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death for children ages 1 to 14? Adult supervision is key in preventing accidental drowning. The following safety tips can help you prevent water accidents inside and outside your home. Inside the home: Never leave your child alone around water. Keep in mind, children can drown in as little as an inch of water. Avoid distractions like texting or talking on the phone as they can take your full attention away from your child. Drain the tub as soon as bath time is over to help prevent accidental drowning. Always keep the bathroom and laundry room doors closed. Keep toilet lids closed. Use toilet seat locks to prevent drowning. Store emptied water buckets and containers upside down and out of reach of children. Learn CPR. Your local American Red Cross can help you find classes to learn CPR. Outside the home: Teach children basic water safety tips. Learn how to swim and teach your children how to swim. If you use blowup or portable pools, remember to empty them and flip them upside down so you can store them away from a child’s reach. Empty buckets and containers full of water and turn them upside down to store. Children who cannot swim must wear Coast Guard approved life jackets. The personal flotation device (or PFD for short) should be appropriate for the type of water you are swimming in. Do not rely on life vests as a substitute for adult supervision. A family pool should be enclosed by a four foot fence, with a self-closing and latching gate. Consider putting alarms on pool gates to alarm you that a gate is being opened. A pool alarm should also be installed for added security. Keep rescue equipment such as a life preserver, shepherd’s hook (long pole with a hook), and cell phone near the pool in case of an emergency. For more water safety tips, visit The American Academy of Pediatrics website: https://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/news-features-and-safety-tips/Pages/Sun-and-Water-Safety-Tips.aspx?nfstatus=401&nftoken=00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000&nfstatusdescription=ERROR:+No+local+token Buy Coast Guard approved life vests for a low price from The Safety Store. Staff will help you choose the right life jacket for you and your child’s needs, so be ready to answer questions about weight, possible chest size, and where you will be using the life jacket. Call 317-944-6565 to order life vests for curbside pickup or shipping to your home.