Safe Toy Buying Tips for the Holidays

With the holidays and shopping season right around the corner, excitement about toys and gift-giving continues to grow. At such a beautiful time of year, the last thing we would want would be for the toys and gifts we give to cause harm to our loved ones. Thanks to recent toy safety advocacy and awareness, there were only 12 toy recalls in 2019 compared to 172 in 2008. While this is certainly something to celebrate, toy-related injuries continue to be a problem. The CPSC reported that in 2018 (the most recent data available), there were 226,100 toy-related injuries treated in…

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Halloween Guidelines Announced – How to Stay Safe During the Pandemic

  While the global pandemic has postponed many events, one thing we don’t have to lose is Halloween. With the holiday on its way, the Halloween and Costume Association together with the Harvard Global Health Institute have announced the tools and resources you and your loved ones need to celebrate safely. How safe is your area? The posted guidelines break down the COVID-19 risk levels for each county in the United States. By using the interactive map, you can discover your county’s level of risk. Depending on your county’s risk color code (green, yellow, orange, or red) you can learn…

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Dangers of Going Back to School in the Age of COVID: What’s Real, What’s Exaggerated?

  Back-to-school traditions look a lot different in an age of COVID. Many districts resumed virtual learning, while others have enacted a hybrid approach. Still, others have opened up under strict precautions sparking outcry among concerned community members. Many of their fears are valid. A few, however, may involve some stretching of the truth, as explained below: Which Risks Are Exaggerated? At the outset of the pandemic, parents were relieved to learn that children are not nearly as susceptible to COVID as adults. Kids can become ill, but this is uncommon among healthy children with few pre-existing conditions. Some may…

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Back-to-School Safety Tips in an Era of COVID-19 and Homeschooling

  With some schools re-opening, others going hybrid, and many remaining virtual, today’s parents face a series of tough decisions. Unfortunately, this represents only the beginning of what could be one of the most challenging school years yet. Follow these tips to keep your kids as safe as possible: Digital Safety A surprising variety of hazards accompany all-digital learning. Implement these practices to avoid top safety risks: Update security software on any devices your kids will use for school. Consider updating your firewall and anti-virus software to provide better network security. Use strong passwords for your children’s accounts — and…

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Safety Tips for Reintroducing a Nanny Into Your Life After Quarantine

  As quarantine draws to a close, you may need to return to work or otherwise spend more time outside of the home — and away from your children. Now, you face a difficult decision: how to secure quality childcare while you’re away. In many cases, the best approach involves a trustworthy nanny. This option is by no means risk-free, but it can limit your children’s exposure to other youngsters. Implement these tips to keep your children and nanny safe. Consider a Live-In Nanny Live-in care may be expensive, but it also can dramatically reduce the risk of infection for…

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Camp Safety in the COVID Era

  Despite continued concerns surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, summer camp is back in session for kids across the nation. It looks little like it did in the past, however, with digital and hybrid offerings taking over. Some camps are exclusively virtual, while others allow kids to meet in person during the day — but only if they take extra safety precautions. Despite these measures, camp is far from risk-free. A youth camp outbreak in Georgia, for example, led to infections among 85 children and counselors. Another camp in Missouri has led to an outbreak of more than 80 campers, counselors,…

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Safety Tips For Virtual And Home-Based Summer Camps

  Summer camp once offered a wonderful respite for children and parents alike. All that has changed in an age of coronavirus, however. While some socially distanced day camps remain available, not all parents are willing to take the risk of sending their kids to such destinations. Meanwhile, overnight camps are barred in many locations, as it’s all but impossible to maintain proper mitigation tactics in such an environment. As with school, the primary workaround involves virtual solutions, which promise to deliver all of the enrichment of camp while keeping hazards to a minimum. But while such approaches avoid spreading…

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Safety Guidelines for Fourth of July Fireworks

  Social distancing guidelines have forced some cities and towns across the United States to cancel their celebrations, including firework shows, for the Fourth of July. This means that many more people will be celebrating at home and may plan to set off their own fireworks. Experts are warning that there is always a risk when using fireworks at home. A common misconception is that small and legal fireworks are always safe to use. However, there is always a risk because pyrotechnics are unpredictable and can easily malfunction. Even sparklers can reach up to 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit and cause serious…

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It Can Happen to Anyone: Child Deaths from Hot Cars

  Every year as temperatures rise, experts warn parents of the risks of leaving children alone in cars. Approximately 39 children under the age of 15 die every year from heatstroke caused by sitting in a hot vehicle. A child’s body is not able to regulate its temperature as efficiently as adults, meaning that a child can overheat three to five times faster than an adult. The internal temperature of a car can rise quickly, up to 20 degrees Fahrenheit in a few minutes, even when the weather is mild or cloudy. Opening a window or keeping the air conditioning…

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Quarantine Boredom and Childhood Injuries: How Can You Keep Your Kids Safe?

  Your kids are cooped up in the house during quarantine, and often, under minimal supervision as you struggle to focus on remote work. Netflix and video games will only keep them entertained for so long. Eventually, they’re bound to get into trouble — and when they do, a variety of seemingly innocuous household items could place them at risk. Common Sources of Stay-at-Home Injuries The type of injuries your children face will differ somewhat based on their age and the unique setup in and around your home. Car crashes, for example, are more likely if you live near a…

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