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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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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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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Taking Care of Children While in Quarantine for the Pandemic

Parents of school-age children the country over have been struggling since the start of quarantine for coronavirus. How should you care for kids who can barely care for themselves—and who don’t really understand what’s going on? How should you balance taking care of your needs—and work/financial obligations—when your kids are with you 24/7? There are no easy answers. Many schools have attempted to salvage the latter half of the school year by offering “distance learning”. In theory, this tech-y solution should be a godsend. Children can keep learning while staying safely away from school, and they can get some much-needed…

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Strong, Small Magnets Are an Ingestion Risk for Children

Most parents know the dangers of children accidentally swallowing small parts that could break off toys or other objects—parts this size create a choking hazard. However, small magnets pose an additional danger of causing severe internal damage if the magnets affect each other once swallowed. Children’s toy makers generally exclude small magnets and small parts to avoid this danger, but they both can be included in accessories marketed towards adults. Tiny Magnetic Decorations Rare-earth magnets are powerful, tiny magnets often sold as stress relievers or as a customizable desk decoration. Many manufacturers include warnings on the packaging to keep away…

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Is Your Home Fire-Safe?

When was the last time you thought about fire safety and prevention in your home? From 2012-2016, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of around 355,400 home fires per year, which caused a total annual average of 2,560 civilian deaths and 11,670 injuries. Fire safety awareness is an essential first step to avoiding such a situation yourself. October Fire Safety month may be over, but it is always a good time to make sure you have everything you need to keep yourself and your family safe. Here’s a quick and easy checklist to go over: Check that your home…

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Heat Stroke in Cars is a Year-Round Danger For Children

Summer is here and so is the warm weather. That means everyone should be on the lookout for heat exhaustion and heat stroke. And while most people know to hydrate and keep cool, there are some circumstances where heat stroke can occur unexpectedly. Heat stroke can be more dangerous to children than parents might expect. This is because heat stroke not only causes uncomfortable symptoms, such as nausea, headache, dizziness, and fainting–it can also be fatal. Heat Stroke and Cars Since 1998, over 800 children have died from heat stroke in vehicles, according to NoHeatStroke.org. This problem has persisted over…

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Fisher-Price Recalls Popular Inclined Infant Crib After Series of Deaths: Crib Never Properly Tested for Safety

The Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Sleeper, developed as an alternative to cribs, elevates the baby’s head to a 30 degree inclined position. The intended use is for infants to lie on their backs on the padded frame as if it were a recliner. The design of the sleeper was inspired by incorrect assumptions about infant sleep that overlooked updated safety guidelines. Concerns were raised after a recent Consumer Reports study linked the crib to infant deaths. The news of this study was followed by a statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics calling for the recall of the crib. After…

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