Volume 14 Issue 5       .                                                                                              Spring 2020

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Spring 2020 has certainly been different than any of us expected. But what hasn't changed is our commitment to bring you the most up to date safety information for your family. In this issue there are activities for kids about fire safety, an interactive quiz, a video, and information for parents. We also have information about Seat Belts for expecting mothers and tips for new teen drivers! We hope this will be a fun way to learn about important safety topics together as a family. Let us know if we can be a resource to you in anyway!

Newsletter Highlights


Video for Kids

Interactive video for Kids to learn about the fire safety and how important it is. 

Activities for Kids about Fire Safety

Lots of activities to learn about why it is important to fire safety and ideas on how to do that as a family 

Interactive Quiz about Fire Safety

Test your child's knowledge about fire safety topics through an interactive online quiz. 

More Information for Parents

Safe Kids has many resources about fire safety for parents! 

Expecting Moms and Seat Belts

Congratulations on your new family member! We are so excited for you and your family!

It can be overwhelming for a soon to be caregiver to navigate which information is true with regards to your health and preparing for a new baby. It is important to know how to protect your health as well as the baby’s safety. Car safety is critical topic to remember especially for expecting mothers.

There is a lot of information available about seat belts for women who are pregnant. It can be confusing to read several different pieces of information that contain possibly conflicting guidelines. It is always important to get your information from a trusted source. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration,wearing a seat belt when you are pregnant is one of the number one ways you can keep you and your baby safe in the car. You should never ride without a seat belt because it is the best protection for you and your future child.

By placing the seat belt in the correct position across your body, you will receive beneficial features of the seat belt. The shoulder strap should be positioned away from your neck but not off your shoulder. Also, the seat belt should come across your chest diagonally without any additional slack on the belt. The lap belt should rest below your stomach on the hips and pelvic bone.

It is important to notice where your seat belt is resting and avoid place it behind your back or directly on top of your stomach. Also, check to ensure you are able to comfortably reach the steering wheel and pedals. You want to make sure you are comfortable but also keeping enough distance between your stomach and the steering wheel. It is recommended that you avoid having your stomach touch the steering wheel if possible.

Even if your car has an air bag, it is recommended that you still use your seat belt because this will help protect you from being ejected from the car during an accident or wreck. Doctors highly recommend leaving your air bag on in addition to wearing your seat belt. The seat belt and air bag will work together to give you the most protection. If you are involved in a wreck, it is important that you contact your healthcare provider immediately if you were a passenger or the driver.

In order to keep your newborn safe, it is important to purchase and install a car seat for your child before the baby is born. While it may seem more convenient or safe to hold your child during car rides, children who are not properly restrained are more likely to have significant injuries from a car wreck. The car seat helps keep the baby safe when the car is motion and protects the child if a wreck were to occur.

Also, now is a great time to think about purchasing a car seat for your new baby to ensure your baby will also be safe in the vehicle. When selecting a car seat, the biggest thing to consider is choosing a seat that is the right fit for your child, car, and one you can install correctly every time. It is always important to look at the weight and height requirements when buying a seat to make sure it is the correct seat for your child. Majority of seats that are on the market have been crash tested and meet the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard. For more information on car seats, 

https://www.nhtsa.gov/sites/nhtsa.dot.gov/files/documents/pregnant-seat-belt-use.pdf

https://www.acog.org/patient-resources/faqs/pregnancy/car-safety-for-pregnant-women-babies-and-children

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Tips for New Drivers

Sitting in the driver seat is a very different experience than sitting in the passenger seat. As a new teen driver, you may be familiar with basic laws regarding speeding, distracted driving, and impaired driving. However, not everyone abides by the driving practices mentioned below. Below are four common rules of the road that every new driver should know:

  • · Pulling over to the side for a funeral procession- When you see a funeral procession approaching you from behind, the right thing to do would be to pull over to the side of the road, wait, and let them by. According to the Tennessee Code-55-8-183, No operator of a vehicle shall drive between vehicles in a properly identified funeral procession except when directed to do so by a traffic officer. Not only should you not drive in between vehicles, but it is also a courteous gesture to just pull over or slow down to let the funeral procession pass.
  • · Moving over for Emergency vehicles on the highway- Not only is moving over to another lane for a stopped emergency vehicle a common driving practice but it is also a law. Tennessee Code 55-8-132 also referred to as the Move Over Law states that Proceeding with due caution, yield the right-of-way by making a lane change into a lane not adjacent to that of the authorized emergency vehicle, if possible with due regard to safety and traffic conditions, if on a highway having at least four (4) lanes with not less than two (2) lanes proceeding in the same direction as the approaching vehicle. This law also states that if the driver is unable to move into another lane, he or she will need to reduce their speed to a safe speed depending upon road conditions as they are approaching the stopped emergency vehicle.
  • · Watching for Pedestrians- Remember, pedestrians’ always have the right -of- way in crosswalks. If the pedestrian is walking across the street in a designated school zone while the flashers are on regardless if they are in marked crosswalk or not, you must come to complete stop and remained stopped until the pedestrian has completely crossed the street. The Tennessee Code 55-8-134 officially says that Unless in a marked school zone when a warning flasher or flashers are in operation, when traffic-control signals are not in place or not in operation, the driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way, slowing down or stopping if need be to so yield, to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within a crosswalk when the pedestrian is upon the half of the roadway upon which the vehicle is traveling, or when the pedestrian is approaching so closely from the opposite half of the roadway as to be in danger.

In the midst of our busy lives and possibly in a rush to get to your next destination, some of these driving practices might seem frustrating. However, I would encourage you to imagine that the vehicle on the side of the road belongs to your sibling or perhaps you know whose funeral procession is coming down the road. How would you want other drivers to act if it was someone you loved? Driving is a huge responsibility, but we know that with the right tools you can be successful!

Source: https://www.tn.gov/tdot/work-with-us/move-over-law.html

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Speeding During a World Pandemic

The concern for drivers speeding has begun to increase due to most families being quarantined in their homes. With less cars on the road, the desire to participate in reckless driving can increase. The idea that it may be okay to go over the speed limit because there are less cars on the road can give drivers a false sense of security. Approximately one-third of all motor vehicle fatalities in 2018 involved speeding. 1

The dangers of speeding can not only affect the driver, who may be going above the speed limit but everyone on the road. Teens are more likely to involved in a speeding related crash than an adult due to their driving inexperience. The dangers of speeding increase drastically when driving conditions change such as weather, night driving, and curvy roads. In 2018, over 9,000 people died in speed related crashes. 2

Here are some helpful tips that both parents and teens can do together to help their teen driver as it relates to speeding:

  • Set an example- Avoid speeding around your teen driver. Set an example of what it means to be a safe driver in your family.
  • Educate your teen on the risks- Have a conversation with your teen driver on the risks associated with speeding such as getting a ticket, being involved in a crash, potentially harming others including death, and possibly losing their privilege to drive
  • (Teens)- Have both you and your parent sign the Parent-Teen Driving Contract here to help guide the conversation. Showing your parents that you take driving seriously can lead to a reward or perhaps even more independence!
  • Create a reward system- Teens are often motivated by rewards. Offer your teen a reward for good driving behavior.
  • (Teens) Getting additional driving practice- Teens ask your parents if you can participate in a driver’s education class to strengthen your confidence and driving abilities.

Drivers can receive as little as one and as many eight points on their license for speeding over the printed speed zone. If the speeding violation resulted in a crash additional points may be issued. Teen drivers should be aware that if they’ve accumulated more than six points on their license, they will not be able to receive a Tennessee Intermediate Unrestricted Driver license. Remember, speeding related violations and crashes can be avoided.

Reference: NHTSA and Tennessee Traffic Safety Resource Service

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Fire Truck Cake

Learn how to make a fire truck cake as a family  while providing children with the opportunity help in the kitchen

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Learn How to Make Edible Camp Fires

Great way to be creative as family while remembering the importance of fire safety.  

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Meet the Injury Prevention Team


Purnima Unni

is the Pediatric Trauma Injury Prevention Program Manager for Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. She has a Masters in Public Health and is a Certified Health Education specialist with over 20 years of experience in injury prevention. She is a wife and mother of two girls and her rescue puppy. She loves to cook, travel and watch murder mysteries.

Eppiphanie Richardson

is an Atlanta native who decided to take on Nashville as her newest adventure. She is also the Associate Program Manager for the Be in the Zone-Turn Off Your Phone Campaign which educates teens and parents on the dangers of distracted driving. She has a passion for healthcare and serving others. She feels privileged to be able to serve Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. In her free time, she enjoys exploring Nashville, dancing, running, and spending time with her husband and son.

Mimi Sanders

is a Nashville native and received her Masters from Vanderbilt University. She is the Associate Program Manager for the Kohls Seat Smart Program, which focuses on educating caregivers, children, and community partners on the importance of car seat safety. She is so excited to join the team at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering with her local church’s special needs ministry, hanging out with family and friends, and doing yoga.

Savannah Larkin

is from Atlanta and currently a junior at Vanderbilt University, double majoring in Human & Organizational Development; Medicine, Health, & Society. She is an intern focusing her research on Pediatric Drowning Prevention Best Practices and continuing work on current programs. In Savannah’s spare time, you can find her cooking, doing puzzles, playing Candy Crush, swimming, playing tennis, attending Vanderbilt sporting events, and watching football. Anchor Down & Titan Up!

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