Love a good scare on Halloween? Some people do, except, of course, when it comes to child safety. According to Safe Kids Worldwide, only one-third of parents surveyed plan to speak with their kids about Halloween safety, even though three-quarters of them reported having concerns about the safety of their children.
Halloween is just around the corner, so take a moment to explain to your child your expectations for Halloween Eve and to discuss simple precautions that can make it a fun and safe night for the entire family.
One of the most important roles that parents play is as protector for their children, tasked with keeping them out of harm’s way and equipping them with the ability to protect themselves when they become adults. This includes protection and safety in automotive vehicles.
Keeping your child safe while you or someone else is behind the wheel is crucial. The number of child-related automobile injuries is staggering, but there are steps that you can take to protect your most precious cargo.
Every 4th of July, Americans across the country observe our nation’s independence, celebrating with water activities and barbeques with family and friends. At nightfall, we “ooh” and “aah” as a municipal fireworks display explodes high over our heads.
Although the 4th of July can be one of the most fun holidays, it can also be one of the most dangerous. During the weeks immediately before and after Independence Day, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, 240 people with injuries from fireworks alone go each day to a medical emergency room.
This 4th of July, be sure that you and your family take precautions when celebrating. Here are a few 4th of July safety tips to keep in mind, including some from the American Red Cross:
Have you ever scrutinized the cleaning products that you’re using in your home? The cleaning aisle of stores contains a multitude of general and specialized cleaning agents. Some of them are effective and mild, and others may contain chemicals that could affect the health and safety of pets, children or adults, especially allergy and asthma sufferers.
It’s therefore important to read product labels and warnings, and to understand what we’re using and exposing children to in our homes. Different people have different sensitivities.
Many individuals, regulators and associations are concerned about the possible hazards of household cleaning products. Because of this, the American Lung Association provides tips to help consumers keep their homes safe from chemicals found in many household cleaners. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provides guidelines to help consumers understand what is or is not harmful realistically, and urges people to be aware of how they came into contact with the chemical, how much of it they came into contact, how long they came into contact and how strong the contact dosage was.
Children tend to absorb everything around them. As much as you may think your baby or toddler isn’t paying attention, he or she is likely absorbing any background activity or noise. That’s why it’s so important to be conscientious about how much and what kinds of media your child consumes at each stage of development, regardless of whether done actively, such as watching a movie on TV, or passively, such as playing the radio. The programming you select, including any adult media, can influence your child.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) suggests that TV and other media should be avoided for children age 2 or younger. Instead, the AAP emphasizes that children should learn from play and from human — not screen — interaction.
It’s therefore important for parents to determine how to regulate, limit, or monitor the media impact on children. Here are some tips: