Is Your Child Safe in Your Vehicle?

73% of car seats are not used correctly! Do you think your child is safe in your vehicle? ThinkFirst can help you, September 14-20 is National Child Passenger Safety Week so we will be discussing some helpful hints for keeping your kids safe.

Don’t miss a good opportunity to get your child’s car seat checked on September 20, 2014 for National Car Seat Check Saturday.

You can find a location near you by visiting:

Come back between now and September 20, 2014 for more information on how to keep your child safe.



Help prevent vehicular heatstroke

At least 17 children have already died this year from vehicular heatstroke.

On July 31, National Heatstroke Prevention Day, the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, Safe Kids and the Administration for Children and Families will try to raise awareness about the dangers of kids and hot cars.

Did you know:

  • On a hot day, a child’s temp heats up to 5 times faster than an adult’s does.
  • High body temperatures can cause permanent injury or even death.
  • 52% of kids who died from vehicular heatstroke were “forgotten” in the vehicle.
    In more than 29% of cases of fatal heatstroke, a child got into the vehicle on their own.
    Heatstroke deaths have happened even when vehicles were parked in shade and the temperatures were 80 degrees or less.
    If you see a child alone in a hot vehicle, call 911 or your local emergency number immediately.
    If the child is in distress due to heat, get them out as quickly as possible. Cool the child rapidly
    (not an ice bath but by spraying them with cool water or with a garden hose). Visit

Draw Down is drawing near


The eighth annual Draw Down is just three weeks away!

That means our staff, board members and volunteers are going into overdrive to make sure everything is ready for another great evening of food, fun and fundraising. On Wednesday we met to discuss last-minute details and distribute materials.

One highlight of the live auction: a custom-made pirogue!

Hope to see you there.

Think First Drive Smart targets teen drivers


Where do teens get their information? A lot of it comes from social media.

That’s why we created Think First Drive Smart, a safe driving campaign carried out on Facebook and Twitter. Its mission is to support young drivers as they learn to become safe drivers their parents will trust with the keys. TFDS was created by ThinkFirst of the Ark-La-Tex in partnership with the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.

Check out our safety messages at and, then encourage any teens you know to follow us.

What We Do | ThinkFirst Louisiana

ThinkFirst of the Ark-La-Tex is a state chapter of the ThinkFirst National Injury Prevention Foundation.

Founded in 1996, the Ark-La-Tex Chapter of ThinkFirst has shared injury prevention education with more than 206,000 children, youth and adults. In the 2013-2014 school year, more than 6,000 people have seen our safety message through approximately 75 different programs.

We have several programs, each aimed at helping children, youth and adults think about actions and change behavior so they prevent injury and death.

Our programs cover driving safety, such as drunk and distracted driving, and general community safety education.

About the ThinkFirst National Injury Prevention Foundation

Injury is the leading cause of death and disability to children, teens and young adults. The ThinkFirst National Injury Prevention Foundation’s mission is to prevent brain, spinal cord and other traumatic injuries through education, research and advocacy. The ThinkFirst Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, providing program materials, training and support to more than 150 ThinkFirst chapters worldwide, that provide dynamic presentations to students of all ages. Health educators and ThinkFirst VIP speakers, who share their personal testimony of experiencing a brain or spinal cord injury, increase participants’ knowledge as to how injuries occur and how important it is to make safe choices pertaining to vehicle safety, sports safety, and the prevention of falls and violence.

For more information on the ThinkFirst Foundation go to