Help Us Tweet (and Facebook) to Beat Heatstroke on July 31
By National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Acting Administrator David Friedman
Summer is supposed to be a time of fun and freedom for children. But, too often during the summer months, a child left alone in a vehicle dies due to heatstroke. Already this year 18 children died due to heatstroke, in addition to the 44 children we lost in 2013.
To help parents and caregivers protect children, NHTSA launched the “Where’s Baby? Look Before You Lock” public education campaign. The campaign’s web page – safecar.gov/heatstroke – seeks to arm parents, caregivers, and bystanders with the information they need to protect our kids.
This year, we’re also again asking everyone on Twitter and Facebook to help spread our lifesaving message as part of Heatstroke Awareness Day on July 31.
To prevent heatstroke, parents need to understand that vehicles heat up quickly—even with a window rolled down two inches. If the outside temperature is in the low 80s degrees Fahrenheit, the temperature inside a vehicle can reach deadly levels in only 10 minutes.
Heatstroke is a serious risk even with temperatures in the 60s or 70s and cracking a window does not help. When a child’s temperature reaches 107 degrees that child dies.
The threat of heatstroke is real, which is why NHTSA offers helpful tips on how to help keep children safe at safercar.gov/heatstroke. We hope that you’ll help share this advice on Facebook and on Twitter on July 31.
Along with our partners, Safe Kids and the Administration for Children and Families, we’ll be tweeting and posting every 30 minutes from 8 AM to 4 PM. Our Twitter account - @NHTSAgov – will be using the hashtags #checkforbaby and #heatstrokekills on all of our social media posts, and we’d like you to do the same.
Our commitment to preventing heatstroke extends all the way up to the Secretary’s Office at the U.S. Department of Transportation and throughout the federal government.
But the most powerful message sent at our heatstroke event came from Reginald McKinnon, who lost his 2-year old daughter when he accidentally left her in his vehicle four years ago. His story is a heart wrenching reminder that this tragedy can happen to anyone. Reggie has shown great courage by choosing to dedicate his time to helping parents avoid a similar tragedy.
Every single death from leaving children in hot cars is 100 percent avoidable, and even one heatstroke death is too many. To learn more about how you can help keep children safe visit safercar.gov/heatstroke. And please join with us on Facebook and Twitter on July 31 to help spread the word that heatstroke kills.
It is always important to protect yourself and your personal information when you’re online. But it’s especially important for your kids - particularly in the summer, when it’s easy to get “bored” and spend more time on the internet.
Do you have $1,000 set aside for emergencies? If you already do, you could probably use another $1,000 in that account. Experts recommend keeping at least three months expenses in a reliable, liquid account – though even an extra $1,000 can be a life-saver. But finding $1,000 to save isn’t always easy. That’s why we’ve put together this 4-step plan on how to save $1,000 in 10 months.
Get Started with These 4 Steps
Find a Safe Place to Save Your Money – You will want to save your money in an account that you can access easily in case of an emergency. That means you should probably not keep this savings in a U.S. Savings Bond or in mutual funds. Choose a traditional savings account or a short-term certificate-of-deposit (CD), currently the most attractive accounts. (Early withdrawal penalties on a CD rarely lower the yield below that of a savings account.) Consider opening a new account or sub-account for this money so you’re not tempted to spend it. Most importantly, do not keep savings in a checking account, which pays no or low interest and is too easy to access.
Save $100 a month – If you are already saving $100 a month, great! Skip to step 3. If not, you need to either earn $100 more a month or cut back in order to find that $100 to save. America Saves has a list of 54 ways to save money to get you started. It can also help to pay yourself first and save the $100 at the beginning of the month instead of waiting to see if you have money left over to save at the end of the month.
Automate Your Savings – Setting up an automatic way to save is one of the best ways to save. Once you set it up, then it happens without having to think about it. Here are two ways to automate your savings. 1. Every pay period, ask your employer to deduct $100 from your paycheck and transfer it to a savings account. Ask your HR representative for more details and to set this up. 2. Ask your bank or credit union to transfer $100 from your checking account to a savings account every month. Talk to your local bank or credit union to set this up.
Watch Your Savings Grow for 10 Months – The final step is to sit back and watch your savings grow. How often do you look at the calendar and think it’s half way through 2014 already? The same will apply to your savings; Before you know it you will have that $1,000. They key is not to touch the money unless you have an emergency – that’s what the money is there for after all.
Once you have at least $1,000 in your emergency account, continue your savings success and continue to build your emergency savings or apply that money to a new savings goal. Perhaps you have debt you need to pay down or want to save for a car or home.
No matter what you are saving for, America Saves can support you with tips and advice through emails and text messages. Sign up for these by taking the America Saves Pledge Today.
Katie Bryan works for America Saves, managed by the nonprofit Consumer Federation of America (CFA), which seeks to motivate, encourage, and support low- to moderate-income households to save money, reduce debt, and build wealth. Learn more at americasaves.org.
Air Quality Index - What you Need to Know to be Safe Outdoors
During the warmer summer months you tend to spend a lot more time outdoors. Beyond using proper sun protection, you should be also aware of the air quality.
The Air Quality Index (AQI) tells you how clean or polluted your outdoor air is and what associated health effects might be a concern for you.
The AQI scale runs from 0 - 500. The higher the value, the greater risk the air is to your health. One hundred is generally accepted as the standard where air quality is satisfactory.
Levels over 100 are considered unhealthy for sensitive groups of people at first, and then for everyone as the level rises. Those in sensitive groups include older people, those with lung disease / conditions and children. Learn more.
Check your air quality by zip code or state before you head outside, to be sure you are safe or taking proper precautions.
Summer is nearly here, and kids will soon be out of school for a few months. Unfortunately, for some children, that leaves the question as to where their daily meals are coming from.
However, there are programs available for eligible children. The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) provides meals to low-income children while school is out for the summer. These meals are free, meet federal nutrition guidelines and are available in areas with high concentrations of low-income children.