Helping Mercer To Build a Village One Child at a Time

FEB 2019

Happy Black History Month| Marie Van Brittan Brown - click for details

Marie Van Brittan Brown

Marie Van Brittan Brown was the inventor of the first home security system.

She is also credited with the invention of the first closed circuit TV.

Brown was born in Queens, New York, on October 22, 1922,

and resided there until her death on February 2, 1999, at age seventy-six.

The patent for the invention was filed in 1966,

and it later influenced modern home security systems that we still use today.

Click Marie’s picture above to learn more about her life.

JAN 2019

How to Stay Safe in Extreme Cold - click for details

Extreme Cold

Tyson Chicken Nuggets Recall - click for details

Chicken Nuggets recall

How to Protect Yourself from Identity Theft Online - click for details

Identity Theft Prevention Identity theft is a big problem, with financial losses from this shady practice topping $50 billion a year.

So, what can you do to stop it happening to you?

In this digital age, there are more and more ways a scammer can get your information,

so where should you keep a look out?

Tips for Staying Safe when Walking Alone at Night - click for details

Walking Alone at Night It is always best to walk with someone or in an area where there are other people-

but even with the best planning there will likely come a time you will need to walk somewhere alone at night.

Whether it’s to your car after a late night at the office, heading to your car after a late-night store run,

or walking home from the public bus station, you may find yourself out at night alone.

Make sure you follow these tips to stay safer

Home Safe Home: child proof your home room by room - click for details

Child Proof your home

What to do in an Active Shooter situation - click for details

Active Shooter Situation This page describes what to do if you find yourself in an active shooting event,

how to recognize signs of potential violence around you

and what to expect after an active shooting takes place.

Remember during an active shooting to RUN. HIDE. FIGHT.

Winter Driving|What to pack in your emergency car kit - click for details

Winter Driving Winter travel can be tough on car and driver, to prepare:

Check your tires and make sure your chains fit before the first winter storm and check tire pressure during cold weather.

Remember, tire shops and mechanics are busiest just before and during winter storms.

Get a vehicle winter maintenance check-up.

Don't wait to check your battery, belts, hoses, radiator, lights, brakes, heater/defroster and wipers.

Keep your fuel tank full — don't let it fall below half a tank on winter trips.

Program your radio for traffic reports and emergency messages (for WSDOT radio: 530 and 1610 AM).

How to prepare for emergencies | Winter Storms - click for details

Winter Survival Guide Winter Storm Safety

Learn how to stay safe during a blizzard and how to prevent or thaw frozen pipes

10 Tips for keeping your kids SAFE online - click for details

Keeping kids safe online There is no denying that the internet provides wonderful learning opportunities, for adults and kids alike.

It has revolutionized how we learn, how we connect with one another.

The internet even provides entertainment with streaming videos and apps and games.

But with the potential for learning, there is also potential danger, particularly for children and teens.

In order to keep kids safe online,

it’s important for parents to be aware of children’s online activities and to teach children how to use the internet safely.

These tips for online safety can help.

Click the graphic above to learn more

CPR: Why EVERY parent should know how to do it! - click for details

Learn CPR No parent wants to think about their child choking or ever needing to perform CPR on anyone, much less their own child.

However, when done correctly CPR can save your child’s life.

It can restore breathing and circulation until emergency personnel arrive.

DEC 2018

Bunk Bed Safety - click for details

Bunk Bed Safety

Bunk Beds: Safety Information for Parents

Children love bunk beds, but they can be dangerous.
The child in the top bunk can fall out, and the child in the lower bunk can be injured if the upper bunk collapses.

If you accept these risks and decide to install bunk beds anyway, take the following precautions to keep your child safe

Click the graphic above to read about bunk bed safety

Safe Kids Mercer County - click for details

Safe Kids Mercer County Safe Kids Mercer County is led by St. Lawrence Rehabilitation Center, which provides dedicated and caring staff,

operation support and other resources to assist in achieving our common goal: keeping your kids safe.

Based on the needs of the community, this coalition implements evidence-based programs, such as car-seat checkups,

safety workshops and sports clinics, that help parents and caregivers prevent childhood injuries.

Is it Safe for My Child to Wear a Winter Coat while in a Car Seat - click for details

Winter Coat Safety Tips Our Ask the Expert column helps a parent’s question about bulky coats and car seats.

The Questions

“Is it safe for my child to wear a winter coat in her car seat?”
- Jacki from MD

Click the coat for answers

Toy Safety Tips - click for details

Toy Safety Tips Everything you need to know to keep your kids safe around toys this holiday season.

Infant Ibuprofen-RECALL| Walmart, CVS & Family Dollar - click for details

Infant Ibuprofen Recall A recall has been issued for infant ibuprofen sold by CVS, Family Dollar and Walmart, Tris Pharma said this week.

The three recalled lots of Concentrated Oral Suspension, USP (NSAID) 50 mg per 1.25 mL may have concentrations of ibuprofen that are too high and therefore could be dangerous, according to the recall announcement. For more information, please click the image.

Ice Skating Safety Tips - click for details

Ice Skating Safety Tips Here are some simple ice skating tips Ice Skates

to make sure you go home as healthy and happy as when you arrived!

Click the picture above to view the safety tips

Holiday Lights|Decorating Safety Tips

Decorating Safety Tips While holiday decorating is all about adding fun, sparkle and warmth to a very special Season, it’s important to remember that many of our favorite decorations carry the risk of fire or electrical injury if not used carefully.

Don’t let a preventable accident take the enjoyment out of your holidays.

Whether you’re excitedly preparing for Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa, take a few minutes to read our decorating safety tips.

Click the holiday tree picture!

New Jersey Walking School Bus App.|Mercer Greater TMA

NJ Walking School Bus app The New Jersey Walking School Bus app
makes it a snap to set up a Walking School Bus in your neighborhood!
Just search for the New Jersey Walking School Bus App in the app store and download.
It’s available for Android and IOS.
The app allows parents to easily create and plan walks to and from school.
Parents can search by elementary school for existing walking groups, create walking groups and invite neighbors to join, plan walks to and from school, assign parent leaders to walk with students, group text within the app, and alert parents when students have arrived safely at school!

Stranger Awareness for Kids| Billy to the Bus (shortened safety video)

This video on stranger awareness follows a young boy named Billy on his way to his school bus stop.
Along the way Billy is approached by a stranger. The video shows kids what to do if they are approached by a stranger.
It shows what they should watch for and who they should let know about the stranger.

Safe Sleep for Your Baby - click for details!

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Getting to School Safely

Here are smart tips on how to get children to and from school safely, whether they walk, ride the bus, carpool or bike.

What to know about storing medicine - click for details!

Medication Safety

Medication Safety

Children are curious by nature, and it makes sense that they would be even more curious when it comes to medication. Many medications look and taste like candy. While it’s important to encourage our kids to explore and discover new things, when it comes to medication, we want to be careful to keep them safe.

Here are a few tips to show you how- Click the graphic to learn more!



Meet the Gomez family. Ten-year-old Luis Gomez uses a wheelchair. Mom and dad work closely with him to make sure that their home is safe for him to move around.

Together as a family they plan and practice scenarios where they would have to help Luis get out of harm’s way or escape from the home in the event of a fire.

Nationwide Children's Hospital: Sledding Safety Tips for Children - click for details!

Sledding Safety Tips Sledding and tubing can be a great way to enjoy winter weather. The joy of speeding down the hill can make it easy to forget that these activities can also lead to injuries. Taking a few safety measures can help keep you and your kids safe on the hills this winter.

Snow Shoveling Safety

Warm up. Warm your muscles before heading out to shovel by doing some light movements, such as bending side to side or walking in place. Push rather than lift. Pushing the snow with the shovel instead of lifting can help reduce the strain on your body.

Snow Plow Safety for Kids

With snow returning in the forecast, Capitol County Children’s Collaborative wants to ensure that children playing outside stay safe when plow trucks are on the road. We have posted this short video to remind families of the tips that will help kids “Play It Safe” throughout the winter

Know the Rules for Holidays - click for details!

NOV 2018

6 things to know about Carbon Monoxide Detectors - click for details!

Daylights Savings safety tips Let’s start at the source. What is carbon monoxide? Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas that is poisonous to humans. It is known as the “silent killer” because humans cannot tell when they are around it, but it is very dangerous and deadly. The carbon monoxide detector is a device that can alert homeowners of a CO leak and escape a potentially life-threatening situation.

Safety tips for pedestrians and motorists as daylight savings time begins - click for details!

Daylights Savings safety tips As daylight saving time begins, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) cautions motorists and pedestrians to be more alert as the potential for harm increases as darkness falls earlier.

Tips for creating a useful first-aid kit - click for details!

First Aid Kit First aid kits are a must have for every home. First aid kits are necessary so that you can treat ailments and injuries that happen at home. ... First aid kits include a variety of items that will help treat cuts, scrapes, injuries including sprains, burns, and supplies for a variety of ailments that are common.

Car Seat Recalls: Find out if your child seat has been recalled - click for details

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Car Seat Check: An easy guide to safe car seat installation and use

This short video was designed to give you, your child's grandparents, your babysitter, or anyone else who will be transporting your child in a car, a quick guide to safely using a car seat, including: - front-facing vs. rear-facing car seat - installation of a rear-facing seat with the tether - checking the seat's installation - checking the fit of the harness and straps - 5-step check to determine if your child is ready to ride without a booster.

November is National Child Safety & Protection Month - click for details!

How to Safely Carve a Turkey

USDA-Thanksgiving Safe Meal Preparation - click for details!

Thanksgiving Safety - click for details!

OCT 2018

Autumn Health and Safety Tips - click for details!

Halloween Safety Tips - click for details!

Kid friendly pumpkin carving tips, tools, and advice - click for details!


Have a Happy, Healthy and Safe Weekend 5/28/18

Memorial Day Safety


Autism Wandering


Playground Safety


Bed Bug 1


Bed Bug 2


Holiday Home Decorating Safety Tips


Check The Halls for Holiday Safety


Turkey Fryer Safety


Thanksgiving Safety