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EMS for Children: Safety

Information and resources

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COVID-19 is putting incredible pressure on families. You might be noticing your child is struggling in new ways, or that old problems are getting worse. Should you worry about your child’s behavioral health? We’re here to help you figure that out.

Car Seat Safety

In Massachusetts, any child under the age of 8 and under 57 inches tall must be in a car seat when in a moving vehicle. Be sure to fasten and secure the car seat according to the manufacturer’s instructions. The type of car seat you need depends on several factors, such as age, size, and developmental needs.

Promoting Child Passenger Safety:  A Toolkit for Pre-Hospital Providers

EMS personnel can make referrals to a local Child Passenger Safety expert as well as make recommendations that improve the safety of children in vehicles. This can include car seats, the dangers of hot cars and seat belt safety education both in the community and in private residences. Referral to a local Child Passenger Safety Seat Technician must be available.

CPR Courses

More than 350,000 people in the United States suffer from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest each year and just 12 percent survive. However, statistics show that if more people knew CPR, more lives could be saved. Immediate CPR can double, or even triple, a victim’s chance of survival. Increasing survival from cardiac arrest is why we have created a variety of programs for companies, schools and communities to offer lifesaving CPR and first aid training.

Massachusetts Department of Children and Families

The Department of Children and Families (DCF) works in partnership with families and communities to keep children safe from abuse and neglect. In most cases, DCF is able to provide supports and services to keep children safe with parents or family members. When necessary, DCF provides foster care or finds new permanent families for children through kinship, guardianship or adoption.

US Consumer Product Safety Commission

CPSC is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of the thousands of types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard. CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals - contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 40 years.

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