Info & Ideas for Keeping Children Safe
Childproofing Your Home
This website, Child Care Resource and Referral, is a statwide program in Arizona to help familes with child care. It provide information on child safety. Children are inquisitive, and they sometimes seem to move like greased lightning. Before you know it they are into something they shouldn't be, something that you hadn't even thought of until it was too late. There are more than a dozen very specific tips for making the kitchen safer for children, more than half a dozen safety tips for the bathroom, and more than a dozen specific tips for making the living areas and the bedrooms of your home safer for children. Tips cover things such as making certain that curtain pulls are kept out of reach of children who can become tangled in them and strangle themselves, to keeping houseplants out of reach, to installing safety gates at the tops and bottoms of stairs, to setting your water heater to below 120F to prevent scalding, to making certain that all medications and cleaning supplies are securely locked away at all times, plus more than 30 additional tips and hints for making your home a safe and happy place for children.
Child Safety Guide by Dog Trainer Victoria Stilwell
This site features effective pointers provided by dog training expert Victoria Stilwell on taming everything from unruly dogs to the ones that throw tantrums. Her videos offer useful insight on dog training that range from simple "sit" tricks to the more daunting ones on reducing car anxiety. One section exclusively addresses difficult behavior in dogs such as uncontrollable aggression, violence, and disobedience, among others. One interesting post covered a useful checklist of things that parents should be sharing with their kids to prevent the occurrences of dog biting incidents. The tips are handy for adults as well, pet-owners or otherwise!
Choosing a Babysitter
This article on WhatHappensNow.com on finding and choosing a good baby sitter is based on interviewing babysitters, babysitting agencies, the American Red Cross, and moms and dads. The advice is grouped into the following categories: Starting Out (i.e., finding candidates), Consider This... (make a list of your needs and requirements), The Sitter Interview (questions to ask candidates), Test Run (an interesting idea for you and the kids to get to know and evaluate the babysitter based on a short period, such as an hour where you run an errand), Post-Sitter Pow-Wow (speaking with your children afterwards) and the Babysitter Info Chart (information to leave the sitter before you leave).
Online Safety Rules for Kids on SafeKids.com
Internet can be very dangerous for kids. To make sure that they are safe, here are ten online safety rules that you should implement as a parent. First, your child should never give out personal information such as my address and telephone number without your permission. Second, your child should immediately tell you once they see something that makes him uncomfortable. Third, your child should never agree to meet anyone in person after he only met him online. Fourth, your child should not post photos of himself or anyone online unless you approve them. The six remaining rules are on this article at SafeKids.com.
Pesticides and Child Safety
This page by the Maryland Department of Agriculture has good information on the potential threat to children of pesticides and offers recommendations for preventing accidental exposure or poisoning. It cites an EPA survey that says nearly half of all households with children under age five had at least one pesticide stored in an unlocked cabinet less than four feet off the ground. Bathrooms and kitchens are the area in a home most likely to have the improperly stored pesticides. Examples of common pesticides found in these rooms are roach sprays, chlorine bleach, disinfectants, rat poison, insect and wasp sprays, repellents and baits, shampoos and dips for pets, as well as weed killers and pool chemicals. Do read this page if you have children, as it provides insightful information and recommendations, including for treating hazardous exposure to pesticides (e.g., swallowing, in the eye, on the skin, inhaled).