It Only Takes a Moment...

It only takes a few minutes for a child to become dangerously overheated, especially when left alone in a vehicle. A car's internal temperature can increase by 19 degrees in just 10 minutes, creating a dangerous situation for a baby or a child. Use the following tips to help keep kids safe: 

Dial 911 if you see an unattended child in a car.

  • Never leave a child unattended in a vehicle, even with the window slightly open.
  • Place a cell phone, purse, briefcase, gym bag or whatever is to be carried from the car, on the floor in front of a child in the backseat. This helps adults to see children when they open the rear door and reach for their belongings.
  • Set a reminder on your phone, calendar or email to make sure you dropped your child off at day care.
  • Have a plan that if your child is late for day care that you will be called within a few minutes. Be especially careful if you change your morning routine.
  • Teach children not to play in any vehicle.
  • Lock all vehicle doors and trunk after everyone has exited the vehicle - especially at home. Keep keys out of children's reach. Cars are not playgrounds or babysitters.
  • Check vehicles and trunks FIRST if a child goes missing.
Visit for additional safety information, or check our New Resources section for links to available hyperthermia materials.
Source: Safe Kids USA

Partners in Prevention


The Injury Prevention Center would like to recognize the Ross Foundation as a Partner in Prevention for their support and partnership concerning all-terrain vehicle (ATV) safety. The Ross Foundation, located in Arkadelphia, honors a 40-year tradition of giving in Clark County. Founded in 1966 by Jane and Esther Ross, the Ross Foundation's Board of Trustees manages timberlands held for conservation purposes as well as administers a philanthropic grants program. The Foundation's philanthropic program benefits the people of Clark County through the revenue produced by these timberlands. For the past year, the Foundation has worked with the IPC to conduct an ATV safety campaign in Clark County. The campaign has included speaking engagements at rotary clubs and schools and the implementation of ATV Safety Weeks in Clark County. ATV safety messages were also spread via local media, including a billboard in Arkadelphia, public service announcements on radio stations and press releases sent to the Harold Siftings and the Gurdon Times. Thank you to the Ross Foundation for their support!

Informed Choices = Injury Prevention

Join the Statewide Injury Prevention Program for a conference for teachers, health educators and nurses on preventing injuries.

Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011
7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Pulaski Technical College, North Little Rock
CEUs Available

Topics include:
Medication misuse
Teen driving
Traumatic brain injury and concussion
Sexual assault

Contact the IPC for more information: (501) 364-3400; toll free (866) 611-3445;

Safety Baby Showers Training Update

Special Delivery: Training of Trainers was held July 7-8 in Arkadelphia, focusing on technical assistance for organizations in the process of planning Safety Baby Shower projects. Educators serving 16 Arkansas counties attended to increase their knowledge about injury risk among infants, and best practices to reduce those risks.  Educators received a trainers' tool kit, which included large format presentations, electronic presentation files, video clips and teaching props. Please contact the IPC if you are planning to host three or more Safety Baby Showers in the coming year and are interested in training or if you are not yet ready for training but have questions about getting started.

Contact the IPC more information: (501) 364-3400; toll free (866) 611-3445;

Teen Driving Program

The teen driving program is bringing the Arkansas Drive Smart Challenge to southeast Arkansas. The team has traveled to high schools in Ashley, Bradley, Chicot, Desha and Drew counties to discuss the benefits of the Challenge, as well as the possibility of holding teen driving presentations during the school year. In an effort to increase community support for teen driving programs, the team has also been working with community groups to raise awareness of the risks associated with teenage drivers. They presented the program to the Desha County Hometown Health Improvement Coalition on July 12, and are meeting with four additional county coalitions in August.

Contact the IPC more information: (501) 364-3400; toll free (866) 611-3445;

ATV Safety Weeks Held in Clark County

The IPC held three all-terrain vehicle (ATV) safety weeks in Clark County schools this past spring. With funding from the Ross Foundation, staff members were able to visit schools in Donaldson, Gurdon and Arkadelphia to spread the message of ATV safety. The schools were encouraged to use the safety week materials found in the ATV Safety Tool Kit developed by the IPC. The Tool Kit is intended for use with children and teens to aid in informed discussions about the dangers of ATV use and includes safety recommendations to avoid serious injury or death. At the end of the week, the schools held an assembly where a trauma nurse spoke to the kids about ATV injuries and safety precautions. Students were also given information about signing up for an ATV Safety Institute ATV RiderCourse. RiderCourse is a hands-on class and is recommended for ALL family members who ride. Contact your local University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service 4-H Coordinator at for classes.

Contact the IPC more information: (501) 364-3400; toll free (866) 611-3445;

Statewide Injury Prevention Program Update

Statewide Injury Prevention Program (SIPP) staff members are continuing to develop partnerships in injury prevention at the regional, county and local levels by providing materials for local health fairs and other community outreach programs, assisting with child passenger safety programs, meeting with local hospitals to provide technical assistance in program development, and speaking at various workshops and professional education opportunities.

SIPP is nearing completion of a comprehensive injury prevention resource binder, which will be available to trauma centers, EMS providers, and Hometown Health Initiative coalitions. The resource binder will provide materials and guidance for the implementation of evidence-based injury prevention programs. The binder includes injury prevention fact sheets, electronic media containing PowerPoint presentations and printable materials, and a listing of contact information to order injury prevention tool kits and other information.

Over the next two months, SIPP program coordinators will be presenting hospital discharge data to Injury Prevention subcommittees of the Trauma Regional Advisory Committees. This dataset, developed by the Epidemiology branch of the Arkansas Department of Health, will provide information to the committees regarding the rate of incidence of injury within their specific regions. This information will be used to develop a strategic plan for injury prevention in each region. SIPP will assist the trauma regions in the identification of specific evidence-based interventions to implement within these regions.

In the area of Professional Education, SIPP is introducing a new course called Injury Prevention 101. The course is divided into seven one-hour modules designed to provide basic training for injury prevention coordinators and other advocates in the identification, implementation and evaluation of injury prevention programs at the community level.

Contact the IPC more information: (501) 364-3400; toll free (866) 611-3445;

Participants Needed

Adolescent Smoking

The Arkansas Children's Hospital Research Institute is looking for adolescent cigarette smokers between the ages of 12 and 18, who smoke at least 10 cigarettes per day. The adolescent cigarette smoking study last for 7 weeks. The goal of the study is to improve memory in the active training group. Compensation is provided. To learn more, call the Injury Prevention Center at (501) 364‐3299.

All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Safety

Dr. James Graham at Arkansas Children's Hospital is conducting a series of group discussions about ATV safety. Youth ages 12-18 and adults who have ridden an ATV in the last 12 months are needed to express their opinions about ATV safety and helmet use.  Group discussions will last approximately 2 hours and a meal will be provided.  All participants will be compensated for their time!  If you would like to join our group discussion, please call (501) 364-3400.

Grandmothers and Infant Safety

The Injury Prevention Center at Arkansas Children's Hospital is conducting a study about grandmothers and infant safety.  If you have regular access to large numbers of young infants, or to grandmothers of young infants, and would be willing to help recruit volunteers to complete the survey, please contact Alison Rose at (501) 364-3414. 

New Resources

Hyperthermia Materials

Nearly 50 children died last year when left unattended in hot cars. Safe Kids is offering a
free hyperthermia flyer in English - - and in Spanish - Post it at the grocery store, school, pool, etc.

Safe Kids also offers a free poster, eCard and video to help share information about hyperthermia -

The Department of Geosciences at San Francisco University offers a comprehensive site about hyperthermia and children, including national statistics, maps and an animation explaining how cars get so hot -

Water Safety Guide

Safe Kids has a new, comprehensive Water Safety Guide to help keep kids safe in and near water. The guide, available at , offers safety tips for home, at the pool and at the beach. Boating safety is also covered. In addition to safety tips, the Guide offers videos and an interactive pool safety game.

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