A Safe Start for Your Baby

December 30, 2009 at 5:41 pm 1 comment

Are you – or is someone you know expecting a baby in the New Year?

Safe Start is a  BC Children’s Hospital-based program that provides safety awareness and injury prevention strategies to parents, members of the public, and health providers. Their programs and products help babies get the best, safe start possible -whether they are at home, riding in the car, or just hanging out.

They also run the “Safety Station” – Canada’s only hospital-based safety centre and baby-proofing shop – which is a combined education and fundraising initiative (keep them in mind when you need baby-proofing equipment). Funds raised by this store go to purchase new equipment for the Hospital, fund research, and provide educational programs to families which means that babies in the Hospital benefit too.

Other programs offered through Safe Start include:

  • First Ride: A program to help support BC postpartum nurses to ensure baby’s first ride home is a safe one.
  • Hot Water Burns Like Fire! An awareness and advocacy campaign to lower pre-set temperatures on household hot water tanks
  • Display Loan Program: A free safety display for temporary use by non-profit programs at special events, health fairs and conferences.
  • Child Safety Poster Series A series of six laminated posters that carry different child safety messages. For purchase or loan.

Safety Announcements

You can also visit their webpage for up-to-date safety announcements, such as the recent Stork Craft crib recall – the largest crib recall in history.

The cribs' drop-side plastic hardware can break or deform.

Health Canada is advising Consumers to carefully examine the plastic drop-side hardware for any signs of damage or that the drop-side is installed up-side down. If there is reason for concern, consumers should immediately stop using the recalled cribs and find an alternative, safe sleeping environment for their baby.

In Canada, there have been 3 reports of entrapment and 8 reports of falls from these cribs. There have also been 32 other reported incidents related to broken plastic drop-side hardware.  Read here for more information.

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