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Here is a checklist for playground safety. Install and maintain a shock-absorbing surface around the playground equipment. Use at least 9 inches of wood chips, mulch, or shredded rubber for play equipment up to 7 feet high. If sand or pea gravel is used, install at least a 9-inch layer for play equipment up to 5 feet high. Or, use surfacing mats made of safety-tested rubber or rubber-like materials. Install protective surfacing at least 6 feet in all directions from play equipment. For swings, be sure surfacing extends, in back and front, twice the height of the suspending bar. Never attach -- or allow children to attach -- ropes, jump ropes, clotheslines, or pet leashes to playground equipment; children can strangle on these. Check for hardware, like open "S" hooks or protruding bolt ends, which can be hazardous. Check for spaces that could trap children, such as openings in guardrails or between ladder rungs; these spaces should measure less than 3.5 inches or more than 9 inches. Make sure platforms and ramps have guardrails to prevent falls. Check for sharp points or edges in equipment. Remove tripping hazards, like exposed concrete footings, tree stumps, and rocks. Regularly check playground equipment and surfacing to make sure both are in good condition. Carefully supervise children on playground equipment to make sure they are safe.
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Pool Safety for Children A very short answer would be to never,ever, ever leave your small child alone near a pool not even for a minute...a locked door is not enough t…o keep an inquisitive child out of the pool area...a fence with an electronic alarm is essential. And please be aware that children can drown in bathtubs too, even if you're 'only gone for a minute." A longer, more detailed answer is that according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, an estimated 350 children under five years of age drown each year in swimming pools, many in residential pools. The Commission estimates that another 2,600 children under age five are treated in hospital emergency rooms each year following submersion incidents. Some of these submersions result in permanent brain damage. Nationally, drowning is a leading cause of death to children under five. [Click here for more about general water safety.] The key to preventing these tragedies is to have layers of protection. This includes placing barriers around your pool to prevent access, using alarms, closely supervising your child and being prepared in case of an emergency. CPSC offers these tips to prevent drowning: Fences and walls should be at least 4 feet high and installed completely around the pool. Fence gates should be self-closing and self-latching. The latch should be out of a small child's reach. If your house forms one side of the barrier to the pool, then doors leading from the house to the pool should be protected with alarms that produce a sound when a door is unexpectedly opened. A power safety cover -- a motor-powered barrier that can be placed over the water area -- can be used when the pool is not in use. Keep rescue equipment and a portable phone poolside with emergency numbers posted. Knowing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) can be a lifesaver. For above-ground pools, steps and ladders should be secured and locked or removed when the pool is not in use. If a child is missing, always look in the pool first. Seconds count in preventing death or disability. Pool alarms can be used as an added precaution. Underwater alarms generally perform better and can be used in conjunction with pool covers. CPSC advises that consumers use remote alarm receivers so the alarm can be heard inside the house or in other places away from the pool area. PARENTS AND GUARDIANS: ONLY YOU CAN PREVENT A DROWNING. WATCH YOUR CHILD CLOSELY AT ALL TIMES. MAKE SURE DOORS LEADING TO THE POOL AREA ARE CLOSED AND LOCKED. YOUNG CHILDREN CAN QUICKLY SLIP AWAY AND INTO THE POOL. Diving injuries can result in quadriplegia, paralysis below the neck, to divers who hit the bottom or side of a swimming pool, according to CPSC. Divers should observe the following precautions: Never dive into above-ground pools. They are too shallow. Don't dive from the side of an in-ground pool. Enter the water feet first. Dive only from the end of the diving board and not from the sides. Dive with your hands in front of you and always steer up immediately upon entering the water to avoid hitting the bottom or sides of the pool. Don't dive if you have been using alcohol or drugs because your reaction time may be too slow. Improper use of slides presents the same danger as improper diving techniques. Never slide down head first -- slide down feet first only.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) warns consumers about hidden water hazards for small children in and around the home. Recent data show that a third as many …children under age 5 (an average of about 115 annually) drown from other hazards around the home as drown in pools. Many of these deaths are associated with common household products. For example: About two-thirds of the drowning deaths in the home, not including pools, occur in bathtubs. Some of these bathtub drowning deaths happened when children were in bath seats or rings. 5-gallon buckets, often used for household chores, pose a serious threat to toddlers. Their tall, straight sides combined with their stability make it nearly impossible for top-heavy infants to free themselves when they topple in headfirst. Toilets are often overlooked as a drowning hazard in the home. The typical scenario involves a child under 3-years-old falling headfirst into the toilet. Spas and Hot Tubs pose another drowning hazard. A solar cover can allow babies to slip into the water while the cover appears to stay in place, hiding the child. Childhood drowning deaths also occur in other containers that may contain liquids, including coolers, sinks, fish tanks and landscape ponds. CPSC offers these water safety tips to help prevent childhood drowning deaths in and around the home: NEVER leave a baby alone in a bathtub even for a second. Always keep baby in arm's reach. NEVER leave young children alone or with young siblings in a bathtub even if you are using a bath seat or ring. Children can drown quickly and silently. Keep the toilet lid down, and keep young children out of the bathroom when unsupervised. Consider placing a latch on the bathroom door out of reach of young children. Be sure all containers that contain liquids are emptied immediately after use. Do not leave empty containers in yards or around the house where they may accumulate water and attract young children. Always secure the safety cover on your spa or hot tub. Learn CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) -- it can be a lifesaver.
%DETAILS% Answer Some of the most serious health problems for your children may start in your home. This booklet explains some of these health concerns an…d tells what you can do about home safety. Allergies and asthma are health problems that may be caused or made worse by things in the air you breathe. Since you and your children spend a lot of time at home, the air inside needs to be clean. Does someone smoke in your house? Do you have pets? Is your basement damp? These may cause, or add to, breathing problems. Too much dampness can cause mold to grow. Some mold is very harmful and some can make allergies or asthma worse. There are household products and chemicals that are dangerous to breathe (click here to learn more about household products). Stoves and heaters may produce harmful gases in your home if they are not used properly. It is important to let fresh air in and bad air out. Do you want to know if your home has healthy air? Click here. Until recently paint and water pipes often had a metal in them called lead. Lead was also in gasoline and got into the air and soil from car exhaust. It's not used in these ways any more, but there is still plenty of lead around. Lead can poison your children by getting into their mouths or breathing it in from the air. If a pregnant woman gets lead in her body, it can harm the unborn baby. Lead poisoning is a serious problem for young children. It can cause problems with learning, growth and behavior that can last a whole lifetime. Even small amounts of lead can be harmful. Most problems with lead come from old paint. You are most likely to have lead in your home if you live in an older house or apartment. You can't always tell if you have a lead problem just by looking. Lead can be a fine dust from the paint in your house or in dirt tracked inside. Lead can also be in the soil and air around your home or in your drinking water. Click here to see about lead poisoning in your home. Do you know where your drinking water comes from? If it comes from your own well, you need to make sure it is safe to drink. Have your water tested every year to make sure it does not have chemicals in it that can make your family sick. There are things you can do to take care of your well to keep the water clean. Click here for ideas. You may get your drinking water from a water company. Water companies always test the water before they pipe it to your house to make sure it is safe. You can ask them to give you a report on what they found in the tests. Even if it is okay at the water company, the water can still become unsafe after it gets in your home. Click here to see if your water is safe to drink. Some products in your home can harm your family's health if they are not used properly. Common chemicals like bleach, rat poison, paint strippers, and drain cleaners can be dangerous. Children can be poisoned if they get into harmful products. Even very small amounts of some chemicals can cause health problems if you touch them or breathe them in. Remember: if you spray or pump something, it goes right into the air. When you and your family breathe, those chemicals can enter your bodies. Click here to learn more about how to use, store and dispose of household products. Almost every household uses pesticides. But most people do not understand that pesticides can be a danger. Bug spray, flea powder, rat poison, and garden weed killer are all types of pesticides. These products have chemicals that kill pests. That also means they can harm you and your family. If they are not used safely, some pesticides may cause serious health problems � poisoning, birth defects, nerve damage, and even cancer. Your children can come into contact with pesticides many ways. You can take simple steps to protect your children's health. Click here to see if you are using pesticides safely.
Child Electrical Safety The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the National Electrical Safety Foundation (NESF) are urging consumers to look for and cor…rect electrical safety hazards in their homes. Each year, incidents involving electrical equipment, such as extension cords, outlets and light bulbs, result in more than 41,000 residential fires that claim about 350 lives and cause over 1,400 injuries. These fires also cause more than $620 million in property damage annually. "Many of these electrical-related incidents are preventable," said CPSC Chairman Ann Brown. "The simple act of removing electrical cords from under rugs could help prevent many house fires. If every household installed ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs), deaths from electrocution in and around the home could be reduced by one-half. I urge consumers to look around their homes and correct electrical hazards." Consumers can help protect themselves from electrical hazards by taking a few minutes to check their homes for unsafe conditions. Make sure cords are in good condition. A frayed or cracked cord could cause a shock or fire. Replace old and damaged extension cords with new ones having the certification label of an independent testing laboratory on the cord. Check to see that extension cords are not overloaded, as indicated by the ratings labeled on the cord and the appliance. Overloaded extension cords can cause fires. Change the cord to a higher rated one or unplug some appliances, and remember that extension cords should only be used on a temporary basis and are not intended as permanent household wiring. To reduce the risks of electric shock, make sure that GFCI protection is provided for outlets at kitchen counters, in bathrooms, and at outdoor receptacles. Test GFCIs monthly to make sure they are working properly. Check the wattage of all bulbs in light fixtures and lamps to make sure they are the correct wattage. Replace bulbs that have a higher wattage than recommended to prevent overheating that could lead to a fire. Check to see that fuses are the correct size for the circuit. Replacing a correct size fuse with a larger size fuse can present a serious fire hazard. If an appliance repeatedly blows a fuse, trips a circuit breaker, or has given you a shock, unplug it and have it repaired or replaced. Check to see if outlets and switches are unusually warm or hot to the touch. If so, an unsafe wiring condition could exist. Do not use the outlet or switch and have a qualified electrician check the wiring as soon as possible. These safety tips, along with many more, are published in the pamphlet entitled A Home Electrical Safety Check. To receive a free pamphlet, go to NESF's web site at www.nesf.org, or consumers can send a 55 cent stamped, self-addressed envelope to NESF, 1300 North 17th Street, Suite 1847, Rosslyn, Va. 22209. NESF is a non-profit organization, which was formed in 1994 with the belief that, through its efforts, electrical-related incidents can be prevented and lives saved.
Start with age of the child ,and use age appropriate educational tools. Common things that work are Stop, Drop, and Roll. E.D.I.T.H. Exit Drills In The Home … Have two ways out -know your exits Crawl low in smoke Feel the door don't open it, Schedule a visit to your daycare or school with your local fire department. They are more than happy to come out and teach the children, do show and tell, and talk to them. your locasl engine company will visit you or you can schedule a visit to the firehouse where they can share fire safety programs with ages 3 to 12 and up. Answer Every day Americans experience the tragedy of fire. Each year more than 4,000 Americans die in fires and more than 25,000 are injured. Figures show that each year about 300 people are killed and $280 million in property is destroyed in fires attributed to children playing with fire. The United States Fire Administration (USFA) encourages parents to teach children at an early age about the dangers of fireplay in an effort to prevent child injuries, fire deaths and firesetting behavior in the future. Below are some facts about children and fire safety. Children under five are curious about fire. Often what begins as a natural exploration of the unknown can lead to tragedy. Children of all ages set over 100,000 fires annually. Approximately 20,000 of those are set in homes. Children make up 20% of all fire deaths. Over 30% of the fires that kill children are set by children playing with fire. At home, children usually play with fire in bedrooms, in closets and under beds. These are "secret" places where there are a lot of things that catch fire easily. Too often, child firesetters are not given proper guidance and supervision by parents and teachers. Consequently, they repeat their firesetting behavior. Supervise young children closely. Do not leave them alone even for short periods of time. Keep matches and lighters in a secured drawer or cabinet. Have your children tell you when they find matches and lighters. Check under beds and in closets for burned matches, evidence your child may be playing with fire. Develop a home escape plan, practice it with your children and designate a meeting place outside. Take the mystery out of fireplay by teaching children that it is a tool, not a toy. Teach children the nature of fire. It is FAST, HOT, DARK and DEADLY! Teach children not to hide from firefighters, but to get out quickly and call for help from another location. Show children how to crawl low on the floor, below the smoke, to get out of the house and stay out in the case of fire. Demonstrate how to stop, drop to the ground and roll if their clothes catch fire. Install smoke alarms on every level in your home. Familiarize children with the sound of your smoke alarm. Test the smoke alarm each month and replace the battery at least once a year. Replace the smoke alarm every ten years, or as recommended by the manufacturer. Finally, having a working smoke alarm dramatically increases your chances of surviving a fire. And remember to practice a home escape plan frequently with your family. The United States Fire Administration Office of Fire Management Programs 16825 South Seton Avenue Emmitsburg, MD 21727
A few important things to know about child safety on Halloween are: Don't let them eat any candy or food that isn't already wrapped by a company, appears un…wrapped, or was not wrapped at all eg. candy apples, soft pretzels, etc. If your child is allergic to anything, carefully read the labels on each piece of candy that you are unfamiliar with. Don't let your children go trick-or-treating after your town's curfew. Always carry a flashlight. You don't want your kids running off in the dark. Don't let them out trick-or-treating without a responsible older person to watch them. Be careful when crossing streets or intersections. Be sure their costume has a glow stick, bright color, reflective tape, or other means of allowing them to be seen by drivers. Watch for loose animals, such as dogs, and avoid them. Don't go to houses that do not look welcoming. Never enter a house of someone you do not know very well. If possible, carry a cell phone, two way radio, or other means of communication. The larger your group, the better.
%DETAILS% Answer Here are some child toy safety tips: * Before shopping for toys, consider the child's age, interest…s and abilities. Be selective in your purchases. * When shopping, read labels. Look for age ranges and safety warnings. * Be especially careful when choosing toys for children under three. Select toys that are free of small pieces (or pieces that separate or can be broken off), are lightweight, have no sharp edges or points and are non-toxic. * At home, carefully read instructions for assembly and use. Keep product literature in case of future questions and complete warranty cards. * Always remove and discard all packaging from a toy before giving it to a baby or small child. * Consider the home environment in which a child will play with a toy and younger children who may be there. A toy intended for an older child may be dangerous in the hands of a younger one. * Supervise children when they play and set good examples of safe play. * Remind caregivers, including grandparents, of play-related safety concerns. * Choose a safe storage place for toys. If a storage chest is used, be sure it has a removable lid or a spring-loaded support that allows the lid to remain securely open. Also, check for smooth, finished edges, air holes to prevent suffocation and hinge-line clearances to prevent pinched fingers. Other good options for storing and organizing toys are large, stackable plastic bins, smooth-edged baskets, or sturdy, open shelves. * Properly maintain toys. Even the most well-made toys can suffer minor damage in play. Check toys regularly for cracks, tears, sharp edges, small parts, loose buttons, dirt, etc. Remind children to let you know when toys need repair. Often, a spot of glue, a tightened bolt or a bit of tape will prevent further damage and a possible injury. * Never allow toys to remain outdoors overnight. Rain, snow and dew cause rust damage that increases the risk of injuries. A toy damaged beyond repair should be discarded in an inaccessible manner or replaced promptly.
Child Bicycle SafetyBicycle crashes can result in serious injury. In 1997, more than half a million persons were injured badly enough to need emergency department care as a re…sult of bike crashes in the United States. Wearing a bicycle helmet reduces the risk of brain injury from a bike crash by as much as 88%. You greatly reduce the chances of having a bike-related injury if you follow these simple bicycle safety tips: Children and adults should always wear a bicycle helmet every time they ride a bike. Think of a bike helmet as a necessity, not an accessory. Adults are important role models for children. If you wear a bike helmet, your children are more likely to wear helmets, too. If your child doesn't want to wear a helmet, find out why. Some children don't like to wear helmets because they fear they will be teased by peers or because they think bike helmets are unattractive. Talk about these concerns with your child and choose a helmet he or she will want to wear. Buy a bike helmet that meets the national safety standards. When choosing a helmet:Get one that is the right size; adjust the straps for a snug and comfortable fit. Teach children always to keep the helmet straps buckled when riding. Bicycle Size: A bicycle that is too big can be extremely dangerous. A bicycle that is the correct size means that: A child must be able to place the balls of both of his or her feet on the ground when sitting on the seat with both hands on the handlebars. A child must be able to stand with both feet flat on the ground with at least a 1-inch gap between his or her crotch and the center bar. Model and teach children to follow the rules of the road: ride on the right side of the road with the traffic flow, not against it; obey traffic signs and signals; use correct hand signals; stop at all intersections and crosswalks, both marked or unmarked; stop and look both ways before entering a street; yield the right-of-way to pedestrians and skaters. Have children ride on sidewalks and paths until they are at least 10 years old, are able to show good riding skills, and are able to observe the basic rules of the road. If riding at dawn, at dusk, or at night, wear reflective clothing (not just light-colored clothing) and make sure that the bike has a headlight and a rear reflector. Make sure the bicycle is in good working order, especially the brakes. Encourage your community to build bike paths to separate bike riders from traffic. Ans 5 - If your child has experience to ride on the street (and many do ride to school) PLEASE MAKE SURE your child's bike has both rear and front flashers. Both together cost less than $20 , and MANY bike related accidents happen because drivers don't notice the bike.
%FOLLOWUPS% When it comes to taking medicines, kids aren't just small adults. When using non-prescription medicines, here are 10 ways to be sure you're giving your… children the right medicine and the right amount. Read and follow the label directions every time. Pay special attention to usage directions and warnings. If you notice any new symptoms or unexpected side effects in your child or the medicine doesn't appear to be working, talk to your doctor or pharmacist immediately. Never guess on the amount of medicine given. Half an adult dose may be more than your child needs or not enough to help. Read and follow the label. Know the abbreviations for tablespoon (tbsp.) and teaspoon (tsp.). Don't confuse them. You should also know: milligram (mg.), milliliter (mL), and ounce (oz.). Avoid making conversions. If the label says two teaspoons and you're using a dosing cup with ounces only, get the proper measuring device. Never play doctor. Twice the recommended dose is not appropriate just because your child seems twice as sick as last time. Talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care professional before giving two medicines at the same time to avoid a possible overdose or an unwanted interaction. Follow age and weight limit recommendations. If the label says don't give to children under a certain age or weight, don't do it. Call your doctor. Always use the child-resistant cap and re-lock the cap after each use. Be especially careful with iron-containing vitamins or supplements, which have been a source of accidental poisoning deaths in children under three. Follow the "KEEP OUT OF REACH" warning. Today's medicines are often flavored to hide the taste of the medicine, which is all the more reason to keep all drugs out of the sight and reach of children. Always check the package and the medicine itself for signs of tampering. Don't buy or use any medicine from a package that shows cuts, tears, slices or other imperfections. Report anything suspicious to the pharmacist or store manager. Just a couple things to add: when measuring out teaspoons, NEVER use silverware from the drawer. If the medicine doesn't come with a dosing cup, ask for one at the pharmacy. Household spoons are NOT ACCURATE. When measuring liquid with a dose cup remember (they try and confuse us!): a CC is the SAME as an ML., some directions say give CC's and others say ML's. THEY ARE EQUAL. Also, when you pour the liquid from the bottle, always cover the dose direction label with your palm before pouring. That way the label always stays clean and easy to read CORRECTLY. When giving pills OR liquids, always check directions and dose THREE times.
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the best way to find something out is by asking. simply ask your child. it will strengthen your communication with him or her and hopefully clear the path onto greater h…ighways of expression between the two of you! good luck!
Should a parent who says they are not the father in order to get out of paying child support be able to see the child when they know the child is theirs?
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It would depend on the criteria for the license. I think there are way too many parents that should not be parents, but that is something that should be taken care of before p…regnancy occurs in my opinion. It seems logical that there should be a standard held for parenting but sadly there isn't. Answer No, the attempt of the state to control a persons ability to procreate would be inappropriate. What we need to do is become aware of the people around us. If something is not right call the authorities. (Stop looking the other way) Offer a guilt free out for people who can't handle the stress of child rearing, no shame in asking for help. Where extended family isn't available - make your own family by being friends to your neighbors. Children's services needs to offer classes for people who have no clue what is appropriate behavior of infants and children so people stop harming 2 year olds for potty training accidents. It is up to society how the next generation turns out - parents need to be aware of the temperament of their adult children - don't turn their back on them especially when the safety of a baby is at risk. I wish I had the answers for what is happening in this country - why people think that children don't matter, why people can do heinous things to an innocent baby.
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If there is a court order for visitation, yes. You have to start somewhere. The parents should cooperate to help the child get comfortable with the visitations. The parent wh…o has been absent from the child's life should take some time to allow the child to get to know them. They should try to schedule some alone time with the child and not introduce other family members or partners at first.
Very often children feel neglected by their parents and discover that the anticipated attention feeds another child, sparking feelings of envy and resentment towards their sib…lings. If you are personally affected, then you should confront your parents about it. If you allow your emotions to consume you without seeking a resolution, the frustration will increase. Having a personal conversation with your parents regarding the matter can help to answer some of your doubts and worries. Many signs indicate that your parents are favouring a child. This includes excessive rewards and appraisal, a closer, more intimate relationship between the two, neglecting/punishing you in their favour or even "jokes" about it. If you want to delve further into the situation, leave it for a brief period of time and notice any trends or patterns in your siblings' behaviour in order to identify what creates a better appeal or likelihood in them. Of course, parents should love their children equally as they all should get an equivalent piece of their hearts, but occasionally, there are incidents in which a parent has a stronger connection to one child. You should take time to think about whether this makes the feeling mutual, or whether you will continue to love your parents equally to before, regardless of the inverse. As it was aforementioned, try and observe minute details that reinforce your viewpoint, then make an appropriate decision as to how and when you will approach your parents about it. But you must remember that you're accurate on your "background research" because if it's only for a short course of time, then it may be a psychological reflex to an incident that's happened, etc... Make sure that this behaviour is constant and repetitive then take action. It's on a personal level about how you will respond to the your parents' response on the issue. If they deny and carry on the way they do, or make an admission about it, it's best to endure it and be motivational for your sibling, with optimism. But again, the only vital thing that you MUST do is prepare a conversation about it. I hope that helps...
no becuase they will know when their child is not acting the right way, example: if a mother buys her daughter some clothes, and the duaghter does not like it, thatas when… the mother knows that her daughter is unhappy. being a parent is hards but you have to ask your child what they feel and what they want makes them happy. but then dont over do it