Posts Tagged ‘safety tips’

Trick-or-treating safety tips

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

jackolanternMy little girl has been begging to wear her Halloween costume ever since we bought it. Tonight, she finally gets to dress up as a super hero – Wonder Woman, to be exact. I’ll admit; the costume is pretty cool!

If you’re heading out for trick-or-treating today, the American Academy of Pediatrics offers some helpful safety tips:

• Make sure that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping or contact with any open flame.
• Add reflective tape to costumes and trick-or-treat bags.
• Use a flashlight and keep your group together.
• Carry a cellphone.
• Stay on well-lit streets and use the sidewalk.
• If no sidewalk is available, walk on the far edge of the road facing traffic.
• Use crosswalks when crossing the street.
• Teach your child how to call 911(or their local emergency number) if they have an emergency or get lost.
• Check candy and other treats before eating. Throw out any spoiled or unwrapped treats.

Have a happy and safe Halloween!

Hurricane hype serves a purpose

Monday, August 27th, 2012

hurricaneWhenever I turned on the TV over the weekend, I saw a lot of coverage of tropical storm Isaac and its threat to Florida and the Republican National Convention and then New Orleans. Memories of the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina still are fresh in everyone’s mind and the press isn’t letting us forget. Drama and politics aside, however, we need to remember that we are in hurricane season. For all of you who live along the coasts that may be affected by a hurricane, it is important to remember safety preparation tips.

The needs of a pregnant woman during a disaster are unique. Prepare as much as you can before a disaster strikes. This will help you to stay healthy and safe. Follow these tips:
– Make sure to let your health care provider’s office (doctor, midwife or nurse-practitioner) know where you will be.
– Make a list of all prescription medications and prenatal vitamins that you are taking.
– Get a copy of your prenatal records from your health care provider.
– If you have a case manager or participate in a program such as Healthy Start or Nurse-Family Partnership, let your case manager know where you are going. Give him or her a phone number to use to contact you.
– If you have a high-risk pregnancy or you are close to delivery, check with your health care provider to determine the safest option for you.

You still need to follow any evacuation and preparation instructions given by your state, but here is a link to some special things to consider during and after a disaster.

If you have recently had a baby or you are caring for a newborn, this article is designed to help you prepare for a disaster. If you are caring for an infant and have questions about the health effects of a potential disaster, please talk with a health care professional.

The media may be a bit dramatic at times, but they are right about one thing. Now is the time to make preparations and have a plan in place for your family to follow in case you ever need it.

Millions of window blinds, shades recalled

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is recalling millions of Roman blinds and roll-up shades because they pose a risk of strangulation in small children. The blinds were sold between January 1998 and October 2009 in a wide range of stores across the country including Walmart, Pottery Barn, J.C. Penny, Ace Hardware, Big Lots and other specialty window covering dealers. Consumers should stop using these shades and blinds immediately. If you have Roman or roll-up shades, contact the Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) for a free repair kit at (800) 506-4636 anytime or visit

To help prevent child strangulation in window coverings, the CPSC and WCSC urge parents and caregivers to follow these guidelines:

• Examine all shades and blinds in the home. Make sure there are no accessible cords on the front, side, or back of the product. The CPSC and WCSC recommend the use of cordless window coverings in all homes where children live or visit.

• Do not place cribs, beds, and furniture close to the windows because children can climb on them and gain access to the cords.

• Make loose cords inaccessible.

• If the window shade has looped bead chains or nylon cords, install tension devices to keep the cord taut.

Visit the CPSC Web site for more information about the recalls affecting specific window blinds and shades.

Halloween safety tips

Monday, October 12th, 2009

39191668_thbIt’s hard to believe, but Halloween is right around the corner. My husband and I are both off from work today, so we’re headed out to buy decorations and mums for the front stoop. Our little pumpkin is too young for trick-or-treating, but it’s not too soon for us to learn how to enjoy this holiday safely with her. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has some helpful Halloween safety tips on their website. Click here to check them out.

Crib safety

Friday, July 11th, 2008

My daughter went to a baby shower last weekend and when we touched base on the phone last night, she told me about all the fun and helpful things her friend had received.  There were hand-knit blankets, mobiles, a swing, diapers and towels and pajamas with feet… and a set of pretty bumpers for the crib.  “Aren’t those a bad idea?” she asked.

The answer is yes, they can be dangerous. Newborns and small infants do not have the motor skills needed to pull themselves free if they become stuck between the bumper pad and the side of the crib or a toy. There have been accidental deaths caused by suffocation or strangulation attributed to bumper pads and they are no longer recommended.  Soft fluffy bedding also can be a hazard and is on the “do not use” list.