Young Children in the Kitchen

by admin on February 6, 2018

The smell of cookies baking in the oven or tasty sauces simmering on the stovetop is hard to resist for adults and kids alike. Here are a few simple steps to keep your little chef safe from potential burns, whether in the kitchen, around a fireplace or in any other part of your home.SILO-BURNS SCALDS

The Hard Facts

In 2013, more than 126,035 children across the country, including more than 67,000 children 4 and under, were injured due to a fire or burn and treated in emergency rooms.

Top Tips

  1. Don’t carry or hold a child while cooking on the stove. Instead, move a high chair in the kitchen within reach or sight before you start. Then talk to your children so they know what’s going on. It’s a great way to spend time together.
  2. With everything going on, we know the water heater is the last thing on your mind. But a small adjustment can give you one less thing to worry about. To prevent accidental scalding, set your water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit or the manufacturer’s recommended setting.
  3. Kids love to reach, so to prevent hot food or liquid spills, simply use the back burner of your stove and turn pot handles away from the edge. Keep hot foods away from the edge of your counters.
  4. Make a habit of placing matches, gasoline and lighters in a safe place, out of children’s reach. Avoid novelty lighters or lighters that look like toys.

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TV Tipovers are Preventable!

by admin on December 29, 2017

Buying a new TV for the big game?  Did your family buy a new TV for the holidays?  Have you moved your old TV to your child’s room?  Don’t skip the important installation step of securing the TV to the wall or furniture stand. TV Tipovers

Children like to climb and explore and TVs and other tall furniture can tip over and fall on them. Every 3 weeks a child dies from a television tipping over. Over the past 10 years, a child visited the emergency room every 45 minutes because of a TV tipping over. People of all ages in Northern California are also at risk from tip-over injuries in the event of an earthquake, so secure your furniture even if you do not have small children in your family.

  • Assess the stability of the TVs in your home.
  • Mount flat-screen TVs to the wall to prevent them from toppling off stands. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure that you have a secure fit.
  • If you have a large, heavy, old-style cathode ray tube (CRT) TV, place it on a low, stable piece of furniture.
  • If you no longer use your CRT TV, consider recycling it. To find a location to safely and easily recycle unwanted TVs, go to www.GreenerGadgets.org
  •  Use brackets, braces or wall straps to secure unstable or top-heavy furniture to the wall.
  • If you purchased a new TV, make sure to secure your old TV that you have moved to another room.

These tips will help get you started, but if you’re interested in learning more about how to keep your family safe from TV and furniture tip-overs, visit http://www.safekids.org/tv.

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Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!

September 11, 2017

Fire Prevention Week In a fire, seconds count. Seconds can mean the difference between residents of our community escaping safely from a fire or having their lives end in tragedy. That’s why this year’s Fire Prevention Week theme: “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!” is so important. It reinforces why everyone needs to have […]

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Who is watching the pool?

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Sponsored by Capital Insurance Group When you host or attend a backyard pool party, who is watching the kids in the pool?  If the yard is full of adults, it may feel like someone must be keeping an eye on the pool, but that is not the case.  Adults are busy talking, eating, and having fun […]

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WHERE DO YOU STORE YOUR MEDICINE?

March 23, 2017

Do you know where you’re supposed to store your household medicines? You probably know that you should be keeping them up and away and out of sight and reach of young children. But now ask yourself – is that what you’re actually doing? Safe Kids surveyed 2,000 parents across the country this winter to better […]

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