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WORKING TOGETHER TO KEEP CHILDREN SAFE IN CARS

FORGET SOMETHING? A HOT CAR CAN BE DEADLY

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death in children ages two to 14, and the leading cause of injury-related death for children younger than two. • Keep Children rear-facing for at least 2 years when riding in cars • Install your child’s car seat using either the lower anchors (LATCH) or seatbelt • Car seat labels help you choose the correct carseat for your child’s height and weight • 3 out of 4 car seats are installed incorrectly Do you have questions about a child’s car seat? A Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician is available to answer your questions, provide education, and check to make sure your car seat is installed correctly. Appointments are required and take about 30 minutes. Call Greenfield Health Department at (414) 329-5275 or the Greenfield Fire Department at (414) 595-7946 to make an appointment. *Program for Greenfield Residents only

Heatstroke is one of the leading causes of death among children. Unfortunately, even great parents can forget a child in the back seat. Other risk factors include caregivers who aren’t used to driving kids or whose routine suddenly changes. Whether you’re a parent, caregiver or bystander of a child left in a car, it’s vitally important to understand children are more vulnerable to heatstroke than adults. Follow these important rules and tips to protect children from heatstroke: • Look before you lock: Make it a habit to look in the car before you lock it. Leave your purse or phone near your child. • Never Leave a Child Alone in a Car: Even when it’s not sunny. On a 75 degree day, the inside of a car can reach 100 degrees within 10 minutes and it can reach 120 degrees in just 30 minutes. A child’s body heats up faster than an adult’s and they can’t cool down as effectively. Within MINUTES of being left in a parked car, a child’s body can become overwhelmed by the heat, they can lose conscious- ness, and hyperthermia can set in. • TAKE ACTION if You Notice a Child Alone in a Car! Protecting children is everyone’s business. • Get Involved. Find and share cam- paign information for parents, care givers, schools and organizations, and remind everyone to Look Before You Lock!

Children can be seriously injured or die from heatstroke, especially young children. A car can heat up 19 degrees in just 10 minutes, and even cracking a window will not help. Here are a few tips to help prevent accidental injury or death from heatstroke: 1. Avoid heatstroke-related injury and death by never leaving your child alone in a car, not even for a minute. Always lock your doors and trunks even in your driveway. And keep your keys and key fobs out of the reach of kids. 2. Create reminders by putting some- thing in the back of your car next to your child such as a briefcase, a purse or a cell phone that is needed at your final destination. This is especially important if you’re not following your normal routine. 3. Take action. If you see a child alone in a car, call 911. Emergency personnel want you to call. They are trained to respond to these situations. One call could save a life.

RODENT ACTIVITY IN SUMMER MONTHS As warmer weather approaches, with it comes a number of furry critters and pests to be on the lookout for as you enjoy your summer fun. Each year, the Greenfield Health Department investigates approximately a dozen rat complaints across the city. While not a significant issue, we encourage all residents to take an active role in preventing the presence of rats in our community: • Keep bird feeders and the availability of bird food, on the ground or in the air, to a minimum; • Frequently pick up any fruits or vegetables off the ground or re move from trees, bushes, and gardens as needed; • Ensure all garbage and refuse is kept in garbage containers/dumpsters, when possible; • Remove brush, junk, or other debris from your yard; • Frequently remove pet waste from your yard; and • Trim overgrown shrubs, bushes, tall weeds, high grass, etc. Remember, rats are a community issue and the responsibility of every community member. Should you suspect or see rodent activity, call the Greenfield Health Department at (414) 329-5267. With everyone’s cooperation, we can keep our city rat free.

Remember – a parked car is no place for a child. Take them with you EVERY TIME. For more tips and information please visit https://www.safercar.gov/parents/InandAroundtheCar/heatstroke.htm

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Summer 2019 Recreator  

Community Recreation, Parks & Service Guide for residents of Greenfield, Wisconsin. **UPDATED 4/30/19**

Summer 2019 Recreator  

Community Recreation, Parks & Service Guide for residents of Greenfield, Wisconsin. **UPDATED 4/30/19**

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