Home Trampolines – Keeping Your Kids Safe

Big fun - child jumping trampolineBackyard trampoline accidents are one of the most common causes of injuries in children and teenagers. These injuries include fractures of the knees, ankles, ribs and spine with those of the forearm and elbow being the most common.

Other injuries that can be sustained by children jumping on trampolines include concussions and other head injuries, joint dislocations, muscle sprains and strains, cuts, bruises and bloody noses.

Parents can prevent trampoline related accidents by ensuring that it sits on an even surface far away from trees and other potential hazards. The trampoline should also have adequate shock-absorbing, protective padding on the frame. Parents should also erect a safety net around it and instruct their children never to bounce against it.

Parents should also ban trampoline jumping when they are not at home so that the trampoline users are supervised to ensure no somersaults are performed. Somersaults can cause severe head and neck injuries. Parents should also make sure that only one child jumps on the trampoline at any one time, since most injuries occur when there is more than one person using it.

Parents should encourage their children to exercise by riding bikes and playing basketball and other outdoor games, rather than by jumping on trampolines. In 1999, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a recommendation stating that parents should not buy backyard trampolines or allow their children to use home trampolines because of the many injuries sustained by children playing on them.

Written by: Marian Kim, FizzNiche Staff Writer

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Safety Tips For Parents

6998316949_8f6ba8e038_zHere are some tips from www.safekids.org. June is National Safety Month, so we want you to be informed about keeping your kids safe.

Below you will find some great tips regarding laundry packets, safe storage, safe dosing, falls, baby gates, screens and furniture. Follow these tips to keep your children safe and injury free.

LIQUID LAUNDRY PACKET SAFETY TIPS

Young children are explorers, and as they develop, they often learn by touch and by putting things into their mouths. Liquid laundry detergent packets are designed to dissolve in water, so when they come in contact with wet hands or mouths, they start to dissolve and might release the concentrated liquid inside. We want to encourage our kids to explore and discover new things, we just need to be careful to keep them safe. Here are a few tips to show you how.

  • Keep liquid laundry packets out of children’s reach and sight.
  • Keep packets in their original container and keep the container closed.
  • If a child gets into them, call the Poison Help number immediately: 1-800-222-1222.

Tip credit: http://www.safekids.org/tip/liquid-laundry-packet-safety-tips#sthash.xRaaMynS.dpuf

SAFE STORAGE, SAFE DOSING, SAFE KIDS

More than 64,000 children are treated in emergency rooms each year because they got into medication while unsupervised. Watch this video, made with the support of McNeil Healthcare, for tips on keeping your kids safe.

Tips credit: http://www.safekids.org/medsvideo#sthash.INnss94M.dpuf

FALLS

Unintentional falls are the leading cause of non-fatal injuries for children in the United States. In 2012, unintentional falls resulted in nearly 3 million injuries requiring treatment in an emergency room. These injuries resulted from activities such as climbing on furniture, playing near an unsecured window, falling down stairs or playing on playgrounds.

TOP TIPS TO PREVENT FALLS

Screens are meant to keep bugs out, not children in. Properly install window guards to prevent unintentional window falls. For windows above the first floor, include an emergency release device in case of fire.

Keep babies and young kids strapped in when using high chairs, infant carriers, swings or strollers. When placing your baby into a carrier, remember to place the carrier on the floor, not on top of a table or other furniture.

Use approved safety gates at the tops and bottoms of stairs and attach them to the wall, if possible. Remember to read the manufacturer’s instructions and warning labels to make sure you have the right gate for your needs. Not all gates are safe for use at the top of stairs.

Secure TVs and furniture to the wall using mounts, brackets, braces, anchors or wall straps to prevent tip-overs. These kinds of accidents happen more than you might think, so take a few minutes, secure your TV and furniture, and then never worry about it again.

Take your kids to playgrounds with shock-absorbing surfaces such as rubber, synthetic turf, sand, pea gravel, wood chips or mulch. If your child falls, the landing will be more cushioned than on asphalt, concrete, grass or dirt.

Tip credit: http://www.safekids.org/falls#sthash.JqIAmHEN.dpuf

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June is National Fireworks Safety Month

noise-induced-hearing-lossFirework season is right around the corner, so from June 1st – July 4th we will provide you with firework safety tips to help keep your family safe. Here are some Firework safety tips from www.safekids.org. Wishing you and your family a fun and safe summer filled with lots of memories.

 

Leave Fireworks to the Professionals

  • The best way to protect your family is to not use any fireworks at home. Instead, attend public fireworks displays and leave the lighting to the professionals.
  • If you plan to use fireworks, make sure they are legal in your area.

Be Extra Careful With Sparklers

  • Little arms are too short to hold sparklers, which can heat up to 1,200 degrees. How about this? Let your young children use glow sticks instead. They can be just as fun but they don’t burn at a temperature hot enough to melt glass.

Closely Supervise Children Around Fireworks at all Times

  • Take necessary precautions
  • Do not wear loose clothing while using fireworks.
  • Never light fireworks indoors or near dry grass.
  • Point fireworks away from homes, and keep away from brush, leaves and flammable substances.

Be Prepared for an Accident or Injury

  • Stand several feet away from lit fireworks. If a device does not go off, do not stand over it to investigate it. Put it out with water and dispose of it.
  • Always have a bucket of water and/or a fire extinguisher nearby. Know how to operate the fire extinguisher properly.
  • If a child is injured by fireworks, immediately go to a doctor or hospital. If an eye injury occurs, don’t allow your child to touch or rub it, as this may cause even more damage.

See more at: http://www.safekids.org/tip/fireworks-safety-tips?gclid=CjwKEAjwhbCrBRCO7-e7vuXqiT4SJAB2B5u7l-GI8TKSWx7JWHFmpU0ElIopVwLcoi8cDcld0fG11xoCCEvw_wcB

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AT HOME SUMMER SAFETY TIPS FOR KIDS

mother and sonIt’s summer time and the kids are out of school. They are thrilled & you are worried! What will they do? Who will watch them? As a parent so many things come to mind when you have children. Let us help you with some at home summer safety tips.

Some of these tips will seem like common sense to us, but sometimes the kids need a gentle reminder.

  1. Does your child know their name? Can they spell it & communicate it correctly with others?
  2. Do they know their home address with the city, state & zip code? Ask them once in awhile so you feel comfortable.
  3. Do you have a home phone number? Do the kids know what it is including the area code? They should also know your cell phone number & a back up number (maybe work).
  4. If you have caller ID at home instruct them to look at it before they answer the phone & only answer if it’s on the “allowed” list.
  5. Have a conversation & set rules about who can be at the house when you are not home.
  6. Make sure they understand how the different door locks work if you have a deadbolt or chain lock etc…
  7. Do the kids know how to call 911? Do they know when to use it?
  8. Are you in an area that gets severe weather? Have you gone over your personal safety plan with them? Maybe you have a safe room?
  9. When is it okay to answer the door? It’s better for the kids to ignore the doorbell if they are home alone.
  10. What do your kids think a “bad guy” looks like? What would you tell them? “Bad guys” can even be someone they know. A bad guy can be anyone, even a woman.
  11. Do you have a new sitter watching the kids? Listen to what they are saying and follow up on any negative comments.
  12. Have a safe & wonderful summer!

Written by: Tracy Vega, Co-Founder of Simple Self Defense for Women®

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About the Author

Tracy Vega is a mom, wife, visionary, community leader and entrepreneur. She is the co-founder of Simple Self Defense for Women®, an award winning company that promotes the personal safety of women and children with a focus on how to prevent, avoid and ESCAPE a potential attack, threat or abduction. NBC affiliate WESH News calls her a guru of women’s self defense.

Tracy is the Simple Self Defense for Women® TV shows star, co-host and featured speaker to many businesses, companies, organizations and associations. Tracy’s professionalism has awarded her the support of many major corporations who are investing in the personal safety of women as clients and corporate sponsors. For more information about Simple Self Defense for Women® and their workshops, key note speaking and DVD’s please visit www.simpleselfdefenseforwomen.com

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6 KIDS’ TIPS FOR BIKE SAFETY

Little girl on country bike ride with momA ride on your bike is a simple, fun thing to do on any day. But the day will go all wrong if you don’t take steps to make your ride safe. Don’t take chances thinking it’s the cool thing to do.

That’s because over 300,000 kids go to the emergency room every year, due to bike accidents. Make safety a priority.

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Childproofing Tips For Grandparents

woman-public-III-optThe American Academy of Pediatrics website www.healthychildren.org put together a great list of childproofing tips for grandparents. During the holidays, there can be a lot of traveling to and from grandparent’s houses. We thought this would be a good reminder for our readers through the holiday season.

Safety Inside the Home

  • Smoke detectors should be placed in the proper locations throughout the house.
  • Pets and pet food should be stored out of a child’s reach.
  • Escape plans should be thought about in advance, and fire extinguish­ers should be readily available.
  • Gates should be positioned at the top and bottom of stairs.
  • Outlet covers that are not a choking hazard should be placed over sockets to prevent your grandchild from putting herself at risk of an electrical shock. Use furniture or other objects to block access to electrical outlets, wherever possible.
  • Soft covers or bumpers should be positioned around sharp or solid furniture.

Kitchen Safety

  • Put “kiddie locks” on the cabinets; to be extra safe, move unsafe cleansers and chemicals so they’re completely out of reach.
  • Remove any dangling cords, such as those from the coffeepot or toaster.
  • Take extra precautions before giving your grandchild food prepared in microwave ovens. Microwaves can heat liquids and solids unevenly, and they may be mildly warm on the outside but very hot on the in­side.

Bathroom Safety

  • Store pills, inhalers, and other prescription or nonprescription medi­cations, as well as medical equipment, locked and out of the reach of your grandchild. Be especially vigilant that all medications of any kind are kept up and away from a child’s reach and sight.
  • Put nonslip material in the bathtub to avoid dangerous falls.
  • If there are handles and bars in the bathtub for your own use, cover them with soft material if you are going to be bathing the baby there.
  • Never leave a child unattended in a tub or sink filled with water.

Toy Safety

  • Buy new toys for your grandchild that have a variety of sounds, sights, and colors. Simple toys can be just as good. Remember, no matter how fancy the toys may be your own interac­tion and play with your grandchild are much more important.
  • Toys, CDs, and books should be age-appropriate and challenge chil­dren at their own developmental level.
  • Avoid toys with small parts that the baby could put into her mouth and swallow. Follow the recommendations on the package to find toys suitable for your grandchild’s age.
  • Because toy boxes can be dangerous, keep them out of your home, or look for one without a top or lid.

For the complete article and list visit: http://www.healthychildren.org/English/safety-prevention/at-home/Pages/A-Message-for-Grandparents-Keeping-Your-Grandchild-Safe-in-Your-Home.aspx

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