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¡Alisten sus bicicletas y a montar!
Diferentes organizaciones están promoviendo este mes en todo el país los días de A la Escuela en Bicicleta y En Bicicleta al Trabajo. Es un magnífico momento para recordarse a sí mismo y a sus hijos la importancia de la seguridad cuando se monta una bicicleta.
1er Paso: “Póngaselo, Salve una Vida” Llevar un casco en la cabeza es genial – y protege su cerebro. Casi 70 por ciento de todas las caídas mortales de bicicletas involucran heridas en la cabeza. Usar un casco para bicicleta debidamente colocado puede reducir el riesgo de una lesión en la cabeza y el cerebro tanto como en un 85 por ciento. Siga estos consejos para asegurarse de que su casco está cumpliendo su objetivo:
- Cuando compre un casco busque la etiqueta que dice en inglés “Complies with U.S. CPSC Safety Standards for Bicycle Helmets”. Lo que significa en español “Cumple las Normas de Seguridad de la Comisión de Seguridad de Productos del Consumidor de Estados Unidos (U.S. CPSC, por sus siglas en inglés) para cascos de bicicleta”.
- Apriete las correas en la barbilla y los protectores de modo que el casco se sienta cómodo pero ceñido, forme una V alrededor de las orejas y no se mueva hacia arriba y abajo ni de un lado a otro. Mire este video de la National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (Administración Nacional de Seguridad del Tráfico en las Carreteras) acerca de cómo colocarse un casco correctamente.
2do Paso: Verifique la seguridad de las bicicletas de su familia.
- Asegúrese de que las ruedas tienen la cantidad adecuada de aire.
- Ajuste y refuerce el sillín y el manubrio. Recuerde, ¡los niños crecen!
- Chequee y ajuste los frenos de modo que los ciclistas de su familia puedan parar rápidamente.
- Considere llevar las bicicletas a una tienda local de bicicletas para revisarlas periódicamente.
3er Paso: Manténgase alerta al montar bicicleta.
- Manténgase pedaleando en la parte derecha de la carretera, en una ruta recta, predecible.
- Los niños menores de 9 años no deben montar bicicleta en las carreteras. Ellos aún no poseen las capacidades necesarias para identificar y evitar situaciones peligrosas.
¿Quiere saber más? Esta página de seguridad de bicicletas tiene folletos y afiches para guiarlo hacia una mejor seguridad al montar bicicleta.
This address for this post is: http://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/2013/05/seguridad-en-bicicleta-es-cero-accidente/
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Tune up your bikes, and get riding!
Around the country this month, organizations are sponsoring Bike to School and Bike to Work days. It’s a great time to remind yourselves and your kids about bike safety.
Step 1: “Strap It On, Save a Life.” Having a helmet head is cool—and it protects your brain. Nearly 70 percent of all fatal bicycle crashes involve head injuries. Wearing a properly fitted bicycle helmet can reduce the risk of a brain and head injury by as much as 85 percent. Follow these tips to make sure your helmet is doing its job:
- When buying a helmet look for the label that reads “Complies with U.S. CPSC Safety Standards for Bicycle Helmets.”
- Tighten chin straps and adjust padding so the helmet feels snug, forms a V around the ears, and does not move up and down or side to side. Watch this video from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on how to put a helmet on correctly.
Step 2: Check your family’s bikes for safety.
- Make sure the tires have the proper amount of air.
- Adjust and tighten the seat and handlebars. Remember, kids grow!
- Check and adjust the brakes so your family’s riders can stop quickly.
- Consider taking bikes to a local bike shop for a tune up periodically.
Step 3: Be alert when riding.
- Ride on the right side of the road in a straight, predictable path.
- Children younger than 9 should not ride on roads. They don’t yet have the skills to identify and avoid dangerous situations.
Want to know more? This bicycle safety page has brochures and posters to guide you to better bike riding safety.
This address for this post is: http://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/2013/05/bicycle-safety-its-no-accident/
In July and early August, millions of American eyes will be on the pool. How will top U.S. swimmers Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte do in London?
Many Americans, both in the African-American community and elsewhere, are particularly excited about Cullen Jones and Lia Neal. Ebony Magazine calls Jones and Neal “two young Olympians poised to change what they say about African-Americans and swimming.”
Olympic swimmers, and even kids who compete in neighborhood swimming competitions, make the sport look so easy. We hope the Olympics is a conversation starter in your home as the Olympians inspire your children to learn how to swim. Do your best to teach your children not to fear the water. Pass on safety and fun at the same time. (See NBC’s Rock Center story on the importance of swimming.)
At home, we, as a nation, need more eyes on our much less experienced swimmers. All Olympic swimmers, from Jones to Phelps, from Neal to Lochte, have one thing in common with every child. At one time in their lives they didn’t know how to swim.
According to news reports, when Jones was 5 years old, he nearly drowned at a water park. (Source: Good Morning America/ABC) That’s when Jones started swimming lessons.
Lessons. They are a simple step that saves lives. They will help teach your child a life-saving skill: How to be safe around water. Use the Olympics as a conversation starter with your child about starting swimming lessons.
Between Memorial Day and July 17, at least 90 children younger than 15 were reported by media to have drowned in swimming pools. Another 106 children were sent to emergency rooms for nearly drowning. That’s about 2 children who died each day during that period.
Drowning is the leading cause of injury death for children ages 1 to 4. African-American children and young adults ages 5 to 19 die from drowning 6 times more often than their white peers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And a USA Swimming/University of Memphis survey says that 70 percent of African-American and 60 percent of Hispanic/Latino children can’t swim.
Simple steps save lives.
- Stay within arm’s reach of children and non-swimmers at all times in and around the pool.
- Keep eyes on young children.
- Fence your pool with self-closing or self-latching gates.
- Assign a water watcher.
- Learn CPR.
- If a child is missing, check the pool first.
This week, pools and waterparks around the country are holding Pool Safely Days to help spread this message of safety. You can help, too. Post these buttons, badges and widget on your blogs, Facebook pages and websites. Put Pool Safely steps into play at your home. Teach them to your children and your neighbors.
Save a child’s life. Earn a gold medal in swimming safety.
This address for this post is: http://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/2012/07/all-eyes-on-the-pool/
Do you have a passion for ATV riding? Do you throw caution to the wind when you ride?
What will the consequences mean for both you and your family?
When you ride, safety matters.
We’re concerned about the safety of your family. We’re not trying to take your ATVs away. We only want to make the riding experience safer so more riders stay alive and families stay together.
ATV safety matters because keeping you and your family safe matters.
About 700 people die every year in ATV-related accidents and another 136,000 go to hospital emergency rooms. Many of these injuries are life changing. So far this year, CPSC is aware of preliminary reports of 130 adults and 28 children under the age of 16 who have died in ATV-related incidents around the country. At least 14 adults and three children are reported to have died during Memorial Day weekend alone this year.
Every ATV rider in your family should take a hands-on training course taught by a certified instructor. Classes are offered by the ATV Safety Institute, local ATV rider groups, and some state departments of natural resources, state highway departments, and other agencies responsible for regulating ATV use. The National 4-H Council also sponsors educational seminars on safe riding for children and teenagers.
At CPSC, we know what can happen with ATVs, because for many years our staff has been investigating the ATV deaths reported to us. We sit across from parents and grandparents who often say, “If I had only known.”
We believe there would be a dramatic decline in deaths and injuries if riders follow these rules in addition to taking a safety training course:
- Always wear a helmet and other protective gear.
- Do not carry any passengers on single-rider ATVs.
- Ride off-road, not on paved roads.
- Know the terrain.
- Keep children younger than 16 on youth ATVs and off adult ATVs.
Know ATV safety to keep everyone in your family, you included, safe on the trails and help curb the rise of ATV deaths and injuries that happen every summer.
This address for this post is: http://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/2012/06/atv-riders-keep-your-family-safe-and-on-the-trail/
Do you have an inflatable slide for your pool? If so, please pay close attention to this recall of the Banzai Inflatable Pool Slide.
The slide is specifically for in-ground pools. Here’s what it looks like:
A 29-year-old Colorado mother died after fracturing her neck going down this slide. She hit her head against the concrete edge of the pool when the slide partly deflated. CPSC and the firms recalling this slide are aware of two other serious injuries that have happened in a similar way:
- A 24-year-old man from Springfield, Mo., became a quadriplegic
- A woman from Allentown, Pa., fractured her neck.
About 21,000 of the slides were sold at Walmart and Toys R Us from January 2005 through June 2009 for about $250. During use, they can deflate. When this happens, the person on the slide can hit the ground underneath and become injured. The slide is also unstable and can topple over and has inadequate warnings and instructions.
The recalled slides are vinyl with a blue base, yellow sliding mat and an arch over the top of the slide. Hose water can be sprayed on the slide’s downward slope from a nozzle on the arch. The words “Banzai Splash” are printed in a circular blue, orange and white logo that is shaped like a wave on either side of the slide.
We urge you to stop using this slide immediately and return to Walmart or Toys R Us for a full refund.
For additional information, from Walmart, call (800) 925-6278 between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s website at www.walmartstores.com. For additional information from Toys R Us, call (800) 869-7787 between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. ET Monday through Saturday and between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday, or visit the firm’s website at www.toysrus.com.
This address for this post is: http://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/2012/05/death-severe-neck-injuries-prompt-pool-slide-recall/