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Connecticut Children’s Medical Center’s physicians and staff from the Injury Prevention Center were joined by Sen. Richard Blumenthal, Sarah Eagan- State Child Advocate, and Jack Harder from the American Red Cross Thursday to discuss summer safety.

Be safe this holiday weekend

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Though you and your family are likely anticipating the holiday season, it’s not without its dangers. This summer, children ages 14 and under will be rushed to emergency rooms nearly 3 million times for serious injuries resulting from motor vehicle crashes, drownings, bike crashes, pedestrian incidents, falls and other hazards.  But staff at Connecticut Children’s […] [Read More]

Summer safety tips from the Department of Health

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With summer officially upon us, the Connecticut Department of Public Health wants you to keep safety in mind as you go about their daily activities this season. “Summer is a great time to enjoy outdoor activities, get exercise, and spend time with family and friends,” stated DPH Deputy Commissioner Katharine Lewis in a news release. […] [Read More]

Griffin to host safe driving class

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Griffin Hospital will host an AARP Driver Safety Program from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 7 in the hospital’s dining room meeting rooms. The AARP Driver Safety Program is the nation’s first and largest refresher course for drivers. While the course is geared toward drivers age 50 and older, the course is […] [Read More]
A scene from “It Was Me” featuring Kristen Sewell, of Shelton. The video was one of three PSAs on safe driving produced by Valley teens that will will air on the Consumer Reports’ website during the high school prom season to teach teenagers about the dangers of drunk and distracted driving, especially driving while texting.

Safe driving PSAs by Valley teens to air on Consumer Reports site

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High school students from Shelton, Ansonia, Oxford and Derby helped write, direct and produce three public service announcements on safe teen driving that were selected to appear on the Consumer Reports’ website. The PSAs recently premiered at an event at Griffin Hospital as part of Safe Kids Greater Naugatuck Valley and Griffin Hospital’s Community Outreach […] [Read More]
Pedal carts, seen here at a recent Children’s Health and Safety Fair, are used to teach teens about distracted and drunk driving and younger children about pedestrian safety.

Parish nurses get grant for teen driving program

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The Valley United Way is helping Griffin Hospital’s Valley Parish Nurse Program and Safe Kids Greater Naugatuck Valley “drive” home the dangers of distracted driving to teenagers. The Valley United Way’s Special Needs Grants Program recently awarded Safe Kids and VPN $2,000 to purchase an additional pedal cart and key chains for their Teen Safe […] [Read More]

St. Vincent’s reports ‘multiple motor vehicle crashes’

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Emergency personnel at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport are reporting multiple motor vehicle crashes due to this morning’s snowy weather and slippery road conditions. At least two of the accidents elicited trauma activations, and there is at least one patient in serious condition due to one of the accidents, according to hospital staff. Further […] [Read More]
In this Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011, file photo, a driver uses an iPhone while driving in Los Angeles.

Study: Drivers engage in other tasks about 10 percent of the time

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We all know the importance of paying attention while we drive, particularly when the weather is as bad as it’s expected to get in the next 24 hours. But, according to researchers from the National Institutes of Health and Virginia Tech, many still haven’t gotten the message about the dangers of distracted driving. According to […] [Read More]

Earlier darkness mean danger for drivers

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Sure hope you remembered to turn your clocks back an hour this weekend, as we returned to standard time from daylight savings time. Though this time change gave us all a little extra sleepy time Sunday morning, it also means that darkness will fall early today — at 4:41p.m., just in time for commuter rush […] [Read More]

It’s scary out there! More tips for Halloween safety

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You might have seen the story in today’s Health and Fitness section about how you can prevent a tragic pedestrian accident on Halloween. With the spooky holiday just a day away, here are some more tips from SafeKids USA for how drivers can help make it a safe night for the kiddos. Slow down and […] [Read More]

Walk to School in Ansonia

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Safe Kids Greater Naugatuck Valley and Griffin Hospital will join students at Prendergast School in Ansonia and FedEx volunteers on Wednesday, Oct. 9 to raise awareness about pedestrian safety on International Walk to School Day. More than 250,000 children across the United States will participate in the annual event to learn about walking safely and […] [Read More]