Sunday, July 12, 2009

ThinkFirst Safety Tips

The Kessler Foundation is one of the largest non-profit organizations for people with physical disabilities. By researching related issues in cutting-edge research facilities, awarding grants, and creating programs, the Kessler Foundation is improving the quality of life for people living with physical disabilities. In addition, the Kessler Foundation works to rehabilitate individuals that have suffered a stroke, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, and other musculoskeletal and neurological conditions.

The Kessler Foundation’s ThinkFirst organization is a community-based program for children from kindergarten to grade twelve. The program goes into the classroom and teaches students in an open, honest, and age-appropriate manner. Taught by a nurse educator specializing in spinal cord injury and a VIP guest speaker living with the challenges of a disability, ThinkFirst brings to light what one moment of carelessness may lead to and ways to prevent such accidents.

Here are a few tips from the ThinkFirst program to help keep our kids safe this summer:
· Check all outdoor toys that have been stored during the winter to ensure that no wheels are loose, no pieces are missing, and there is no other wear that would make them unsafe for children.
· Children should wear a helmet every time they ride their bike, skateboard, or rollerblades. Studies have shown that wearing a helmet can reduce the risk of head injuries by as much as 85 percent.
· When purchasing a helmet, make sure that it fits properly and meets or exceeds the safety standards developed by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and/or the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM).
· It is recommended that young children do not dive. Older children should do so in at least eight feet of water with arms extended out in front.
· Always require children to wear a seatbelt while riding in a car and check to ensure the belt is snug across their hips.
To learn more about the work of the Kessler Foundation and the ThinkFirst program, visit

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