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"What I Live For" is the theme for this year's National Safety Month. So...what do you live for? A great question to ask yourself and make sure you're engaging in behaviors that will ensure yours and your family's safety.
National Window Safety Week begins this Sunday, April 5th. This may seem obscure, but according to the Safe Kids Worldwide 2015 Report to the Nation: Protecting Children in Your Home, more than 3,000 young children are seriously hurt each year, with approximately 8 deaths of children under the age of 5. National Window Safety Week focuses on the the things you can do to minimize tragedy and maximize safety in your home: 1. Keep windows closed and locked when children are around. If you want/need windows open for ventilation, choose windows that children can't reach. 2. If you leave a window open, don't rely on the screen as a safeguard. They will not keep a child from falling out of the window. 3. Keep furniture or anything that a child can climb on away from windows. 4. If you have windows that have guards, security bars, grilles or grates, these windows are useless in an emergency unless there is a release mechanism. Not to mention, older homes tend to have windows nailed or painted shut. Make sure nails/paint are removed so windows can be used. 5. Plant shrubs or add wood chips or grass under windows to cushion potential falls as it can affect the degree of injury if a fall occurs.
As we enter into Spring Break, these are some of our favorite safety tips! 1. Carrying a backpack? Get a small lock for the zipper and keep the key in your pocket. 2. Before you leave your hotel, grab their business card in case you need help getting back. Put this same information into your phone. 3. Calling a taxi is always safer than hailing one off the street. And stay alert during the ride to make sure you aren't taken for one! 4. When using Uber or Lyft, the driver's name, license plate number and phone number will be on your phone when you request the service. Check that all of the information matches when your ride arrives. 5. Driving yourself? How about grabbing an old fashioned map as a back up! Depending on where you're driving to, service for the mobile apps on your cell phone or GPS may not be available. 6. Take turns driving. If there are more than two people in the car, make sure one person is awake in addition to the driver. Have fun and stay safe!
The snow and ice keeps on coming! So if you have to go out, just keep these tips in mind: 1. You will get the best traction and avoid skids if you apply the gas slowly. 2. Drive slowly. Everything takes longer on snow and ice-covered roads. 3. Increase your following distance to eight to ten seconds. 4. Use threshold breaking - keep the heel of your foot on the floor and use the ball of your foot to apply firm, steady pressure on the brake pedal. 5. Don’t stop if you can avoid it. Obviously, don't risk running into anything but if you can slow down enough to keep rolling until a traffic light changes, do it. 6. Don’t apply extra gas on snow-covered hills. Your wheels will just spin. Reduce your speed and make your way down a hill as slowly as possible. 7. Don’t stop going up a hill. There’s nothing worse than trying to get moving up a hill on an icy road. Just take your time!!
As we bring awareness to Teen Dating Violence this month, we need to review the aspects of digital abuse - using technology and social media to intimidate, harass or threaten a current or ex-partner. Examples of digital abuse are demanding passwords in order to check SM accounts or cell phone texts; checking one's cell phone without permission; cyberbullying; non-consensual sexting; excessive or threatening texts; or stalking on SM. The statistics are staggering: - One out of three teenagers admit to receiving 10, 20 or 30+ texts an hour from a partner demanding to know where they are, what they're doing and who they're with. - One out of four teenagers admit to being called names, harassed and put down via text. - Additionally, 51% of teenage girls say they have been pressured from a teenage male to send an inappropriate image, while 18% of teenage males say they have been pressured by females. Regardless of gender or socioeconomics, digital abuse can happen to anyone in a relationship, whether it's casual or serious. Educate your teen as to what digital abuse is and the steps they need to take if they are the victim of digital abuse.
February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness month which not only includes physical and sexual violence, but stalking and emotional violence in a relationship. It can occur in person or electronically and might occur between a current or former dating partner. Sadly, many teens don’t report it because they are afraid to tell friends and family. Approximately 10% of high school students report physical victimization and 10% report sexual victimization from a dating partner in the past 12 months. So what to look for? Symptoms of depression and anxiety; involvement in unhealthy behaviors such as smoking, alcohol and drug use, antisocial behavior, and thoughts of suicide. What can you do? Be present in your child's life! Talk to him/her about dating violence and reinforce it isn’t just physical – it’s emotional. And in today’s era of social media, it's magnified through the use of social media outlets, including cyber stalking. Let them know it’s ok to talk to you!
Several airlines have already cancelled their flights for tomorrow in preparation of the potential blizzard to hit the Northeast. Make sure you're ready by putting together an emergency kit which includes water, a hand can opener, canned goods, flashlight, batteries, etc. Fully charge your cell phone and make sure your car is filled up with gas in case you get stuck out on the road. Other important tips to remember: 1. Turn on your faucets to a small drip to minimize the potential of your pipes bursting. 2. Don't shovel snow all at the same time. Try to stay ahead of it and make sure you drink plenty of water. 3" of snow in intervals is easier to shovel than 21" inches all at once! 3. If the power goes out in your home and you feel you need to leave, text "SHELTER + ZIP CODE" to 43362 to find the closest shelter to you.
It's always good to review with your family some common safety tips when you're in a crowd, such as a parade or sporting event. 1. Before you leave the house, have your children look at what you're wearing; close their eyes; and repeat back the color of your outfit and what you're wearing. 2. Take a current photo of each family member, whether it's on your cell phone or in your pocket so you can show authorities if you get separated. 3. Always know where the exits are. 4. Tuck one of your business cards in your child's pocket so authorities can reach you. If you're visiting another city, grab some business cards from the hotel that you're staying in and make sure everyone has one. 5. If you get separated, remind children to go to someone in uniform for assistance. 6. Write your cell phone number with a sharpie pen on your child's arm so they or the authorities can contact you if separated or injured. 7. Always determine a meeting spot in case of separation!
Did you know that less than 1/3 of American households have a carbon monoxide detector? With December and January being the peak months for carbon monoxide poisoning, just a few common sense tips to keep you safe: 1. If you use gas in your home and you don't have a carbon monoxide detector, GET ONE! They are inexpensive and can save your life. 2. Change the batteries every Spring and Fall just as you would your smoke detector. 3. Have your chimney inspected annually. 4. Don't use your gas oven or range to heat your home. 5. Don't leave your car or lawn mower running in an interior space.
Fact: each year fire departments respond to an average of 210 structure fires caused by Christmas trees, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Play it safe this year by: 1. TREE: If it's artificial, make sure it's certified as fire retardant by the manufacture. If it's real, choose a tree with fresh, green needles that don't fall off when touched. 2. PLACEMENT: Cut 1 - 2 inches from the base of the trunk and make sure it's at least 3 feet away from any heat source. Make sure it isn't blocking an exit and add water to it daily. 3. LIGHTING: Use lights that have been tested and make sure you're using the right type of light for exterior or interior. Replace any string of lights that show wear and tear or have loose connections. No more than 3 strands of lights should be together and always turn them off prior to going to bed.
It's Turkey Time! The Four Safety Issues for Cooking a Turkey: Thawing, Prepping, Stuffing and Cooking. Safe Thawing: there are three safe ways to thaw: the refrigerator, cold water and microwave. Key point: bacteria develops quickly in the 40 - 140 degree range! Safe Prepping: Make sure the area is clean. Whenever you handle raw poultry, re-clean the area and all utensils and of course, your hands! Safe Stuffing: Optimally, cook the stuffing outside of the turkey; however, if you choose to cook the stuffing inside the bird, use a food thermometer and make sure it reaches a minimum temperature of 165 degrees. Safe Cooking: Don't cook at a temperature lower than 325 degrees and make sure the turkey has reached an internal temperature of 165 degrees. Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving!!
Flu Season is right around the corner! Basic steps to keep you and your family healthy: 1. Get vaccinated! 2. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. 3. Wash your hands. 4. If you're sick - stay home! Not only does going to work or school prolong the length of time you're ill, you risk the health of others. Take a day or two at home. Everyone will appreciate it! 5. Remember - antibiotics don't work on the flu so don't take them. The flu is a virus. Take an anti-viral if prescribed by your physician.
Online Safety Tips for Children that are simple, yet effective: 1. Set time limits as to how long they can stay on their computer; iPad; phone, etc. 2. Check the browser history on the computer and their phone to see what sites they've visited. 3. Make sure your children give you their passwords for all of their electronics so you can check up on them. This will also make them think twice about what they say online and what sites they visit. 4. Get monitoring software for your computer. 5. When the "inappropriate pop up" pops up on the computer, explain to your child that you understand they didn't mean for it to happen. Quickly exit out and clear the browser history and continue speaking with your child about what they saw!