community newsletter from  the  Comprehensive Children's Injury Center at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
FALL 2018
Timely Topics
School Bus and Traffic Safety

School is back in session, which means those big yellow buses are back on the road. Driving up to a school bus and not knowing what to do can be a stressful situation. Keeping children safe is everyone's responsibility so please remember the following rules about passing school buses.
  • Flashing yellow lights mean the bus is preparing to stop. Drivers may pass the bus at this point with caution.
  • Flashing red lights and a stop arm extended requires traffic driving the same direction as the bus to stop if the street has 4 or more lanes. Traffic moving the opposite direction may go. 
  • Flashing red lights and a stop arm extended on roads with fewer than 4 lanes requires all traffic to stop both ways.
  • A school bus must stop at all railroad crossings. Bus drivers put on yellow hazard lights at the crossing. Approaching vehicles may pass the bus at the railroad crossing.
Each state has specific laws regarding passing school buses. In Ohio, not obeying these rules can result in a fine up to $500 and a suspended license. Most importantly, remember to slow down and drive carefully. To read more about passing school buses, check out  Ohio Revised Code (ORC) Section 4511.75 .

Pedestrian Safety

Unintentional pedestrian injuries are the fifth leading cause of injury-related death in the United States for children ages 5 to 19. Teenagers are now at greatest risk. Teens have a death rate twice that of younger children and account for half of all child pedestrian deaths.
Whether your kids are walking to school, the park or a friend's house, here are a few simple tips to make sure they get there safely.
  • Teach kids at an early age to look left, right and left again before crossing the street. Then remind them to continue looking until safely across.
  • Teach kids to put their phones, headphones and devices down when crossing the street. It is particularly important to reinforce this message with teenagers.
  • It's always best to walk on sidewalks or paths and cross at street corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.
  • Children under 10 need to cross the street with an adult. Every child is different, but developmentally, most kids are unable to judge the speed and distance of oncoming cars until age 10.
  • Be a good role model. Set a good example by putting your phone, headphones and devices down when walking around cars.

Partner Spotlight
Lincoln Heights Health Center 
Over 50 years ago, the Lincoln Heights Health Center began as Ohio's first community health center, serving low income families in a four-room apartment with volunteer doctors and dentists. When their new health center was built in 2004, it allowed them to expand services to help more individuals and families in need. The number of families served continues to increase, and so does their need for collaboration with community agencies.

The CCIC has and continues to partner with the Lincoln Heights Health Center by using their site to hold our community car seat classes. Hundreds of children are safer on the road today because of the Health Center and their staff, who graciously supports and markets the program to families who come in for services.

Charles Woode, outreach and enrollment manager for the Healthcare Connection stated, "The car seat program has been a great success and a real benefit to our patients and their children. Thank you Cincinnati Children's and your Injury Prevention program."
T he CCIC is grateful for such a long standing partnership and look forward to continuing to keep children safe with the help of the Lincoln Heights Health Center.

For more information about the The Lincoln Heights Health Center and the HealthCare Connection, visit their website.

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Upcoming Events
Mark Your Calendar
Home Safety Day

Saturday, September 22nd

The next Home
Safety Day will be here before we know it! 

Volunteer for this event, or  register your home for a safety visit!

Car Seat Check Saturday

Saturday, September 29th

Colerain Fire Department
3251 Springdale Rd. Cincinnati, OH 45251
10 am to 2 pm

No appointment necessary

Expert Advice
Importance of Using the Tether on Your Child's Car Seat
Ask An Expert
Emily Lee, CPST-I
Injury Prevention Specialist

I can't begin to tell you how many times I help a parent or caregiver with their child's forward-facing car seat, and I realize they forgot to use the car seat's tether anchor.

Do you know what a tether anchor is on a car seat? Maybe you've never noticed it on the back of the car seat. It looks similar to the other hooks, called lower anchor connectors, that you can use to install the car seat (instead of the seat belt), however, the tether has a completely different role for keeping your child safe in the car.

The tether anchor is used to make sure the child's car seat does not move forward, therefore reducing the forward head motion of the child, too. As you can see, a tether has the important role of protecting the head and neck of the child riding in your car!
A tether is hooked onto a specific spot in your car. Make sure to check your car's owner manual to find out where in your car you should attach the tether anchor.

It's as simple as unhooking the tether from the back of the car seat and attaching it to the right spot in your car. As a reminder, you only will use this part of the car seat once the child rides forward-facing in the car.

For any car seat or booster seat questions, please email us  or call us at 513-803-RIDE.  · 513-636-7865, "Option 1"