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Important Safety Lessons From “Safe Kids Day”

Monday, September 24th, 2012

Dana Points

This post is written by Dana Points, editor in chief of Parents

Q: Who is responsible for our kids’ safety?
A: We all are!

A recent trip to “Safe Kids Day” in Washington, D.C., opened my eyes to how persistent some children’s safety problems are. As the editor in chief of Parents and a board member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a nonprofit devoted to preventing unintentional injury, I thought I knew a thing or three about children’s safety, but I learned a few new things visiting the exhibits and talking to the educators at this Capitol-Hill event designed to raise awareness among members of Congress and their staff:

1. More child pedestrians are injured in September than in any other month–and injuries to older kids are on the rise, probably because they are distracted by their mobile devices.

2. If your smoke alarm is wired into your electrical system or home alarm system, you may not be fretting about changing the batteries, but you should replace the device every 10 years (which means our family is overdue!)

3. Despite warnings to parents, kids continue to swallow button batteries, which can cause devastating internal injury. A bill introduced earlier this summer would call on the Consumer Product Safety Commission to make battery compartments more child-resistant, among other things.

Fortunately, we have some friends watching out for us in D.C.–but they can’t work magic overnight. Illinois Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky stopped by Safe Kids Day to check out the safe sleep display. An infant and toddler safety act she introduced back in 2001 (!) was part of an effort that resulted in the ban on drop-side cribs that took effect last year. And Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a mother of two young boys, has her own initiatives under way, with a focus on safe food, safe water, and safe toys. “I look at issues in a children-first way,” she says. But she can’t be the only one and that’s where we come in. “Women need to get off the sidelines and understand their voice needs to be heard,” Gillibrand told me. After a half-hour of wide-ranging discussion of children’s safety with Safe Kids President and CEO Kate Carr and me, her parting words were a warning: “If most women realized their legislators could care less about the issues we have discussed today they’d be amazed.” That’s why it’s up to all of us to take action on a personal level.

For more on what you can do at home and in your community to ensure a safer world for our kids, visit Safe Kids Worldwide.

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

Report: 1 in 5 U.S. Children at Risk of Hunger
The nonprofit Feeding America, a network of more than 200 food banks around the United States, reports one in five children are at risk of hunger. For children in African-American or Latino households, it’s closer to one in three.

Drugs Used for Psychotics Go to Youths in Foster Care
Foster children are being prescribed cocktails of powerful antipsychosis drugs just as frequently as some of the most mentally disabled youngsters on Medicaid, a new study suggests.

20 Students Now Accused in L.I. Case on Cheatings
What began as rumors at a Long Island high school has resulted in charges against 20 students and calls for widespread test reform.

Consumer Group Releases Annual ‘Trouble in Toyland’ Report
Just a few days before Black Friday signals the beginning of holiday shopping fury, the U.S. Public Interest Group has released its 26th annual “Trouble in Toyland” report, alerting consumers to the dangers and toxins that can still be found in children’s toys.

Parents of Flour Tots in Video: That Mess Was Real
“Kids Trash Home With Flour in Minutes” has become a viral sensation, with some two million views on YouTube in less than a week. But the video — showing Vince and Mary Napoli’s 3-year-old and 16-month old boys spreading flour willy-nilly all over the family living room — has elicited cries of hoax.

Doll’s Baby Talk Sounds Like Cursing
Parents question talking “You and Me” toy’s baby babble.

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