How to Avoid Injury While Building a Snowman or Enjoying Other Snow And Ice Projects

From snowman and snow fort building to ice sculpture carving, a variety of winter activities allow you to show off your creativity and indulge your inner child. Unfortunately, many of these pursuits are surprisingly dangerous. While many people take precautions for shoveling snow and clearing ice, they don’t consider the possibility that they might suffer injuries during such seemingly innocent activities as building snowmen.There’s no need to sacrifice outdoor fun this winter; follow these steps to stay safe: Dress For the Weather It seems obvious, but warm winter clothing can reduce your risk of suffering frostbite or hypothermia. The key…

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Congressional Report Discovers Toxic Heavy Metals in Popular Baby Foods

A recent congressional report found that many baby food products may not be safe for children. The House Oversight Committee’s subcommittee on economic and consumer policy found significant amounts of toxic heavy metals, including arsenic, lead, cadmium, and mercury, in some of the largest commercial baby food manufacturers’ rice cereals, sweet potato purees, juices, and sweet snack puffs. The committee sought product data on seven of the largest baby food manufacturers’ including Nurture, Inc. (HappyBABY), Beech-Nut Nutrition Company (Beech-Nut), Hain Celestial Group, Inc. (Earth’s Best Organic), Gerber, Campbell Soup Company (Plum Organics), Walmart Inc. (Parent’s Choice), and Sprout Foods, Inc….

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A Review of Fireplace Safety Tips

  Wintertime is usually filled with snow days, hot coco, warm fuzzy socks, and gathering around the fireplace to listen and sing holiday songs with the family. Although this year may look a little different, fireplace safety is just as important as always. According to Injury Facts  over the past several decades, deaths from home fires in the U.S. have steadily gone down – from 5,200 in 1980 to 2,820 in 2018. But home fires are still the leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 14. Follow fireplace safety practices to make sure you are protecting yourself and…

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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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