Keep your holidays injury-free with important kitchen safety tips
As the holiday season approaches, cooking as a family is a great way to make lasting memories. Children can safely help out in the kitchen too, but parents must pick the right tasks for each child’s age and skill level.
“Parents and caregivers should check for preventable hazards before their children enter the kitchen, and they should supervise their children at all times while they’re in the kitchen,” says Janet Werst Safe Kids Larimer County coordinator. “Simply being in the same room as a child is not necessarily supervising. An actively supervised child is in sight and in reach at all times.”
Burns, such as those from spills, steam, hot surfaces or a flame, can be especially devastating injuries. Young children have thinner skin than adults do, and therefore burn more severely and at lower temperatures. “Thermal burns from contact with a hot surface or a flame cause the greatest number of burns in children,” adds Scott Pringle, Deputy Fire Marshal with Loveland Fire Rescue Authority and President of Safe Kids Larimer County. “However, children ages 4 and under are hospitalized in burn centers more for scald burns from hot liquids, while children ages 5 to 15 are hospitalized more for fire and flame burns.”
Children who can follow directions may be ready to help out in the kitchen with tasks that do not involve knives, appliances or heat. “You know your own children. Don’t give them knives or let them handle anything hot until they have shown the maturity and coordination to do it safely,” says Werst. “Some children mature faster than others, so it’s up to parents to use good judgment about each child’s capabilities.”
Here are some guidelines for kitchen activities that children of certain ages may be ready to handle:
Children between 3 and 5 can:
- Get ingredients out of the refrigerator and cupboards.
- Stir ingredients together in a bowl.
- Pour liquids into a bowl.
- Rinse foods under cold water.
- Use a cookie cutter to cut out shapes in dough.
Children between 6 and 8 can:
- Use a butter knife to spread frosting, peanut butter or soft cheese.
- Peel vegetables.
- Measure ingredients.
- Stir together ingredients in a bowl.
- Set the table.
Children between 9 and 12 can:
- Begin to follow recipes.
- Use electrical kitchen appliances such as blenders, food processors, electric mixers and microwaves.
- Help plan the meals.
- Open cans.
- Squeeze garlic from a garlic press and use a grater to shred cheese and vegetables.
- Turn stove burners on and off and select oven temperature when an adult is present.
Children older than age 13 can:
- Operate the stovetop without adult supervision.
- Drain cooked pasta into a colander.
- Remove a tray of cookies from the oven.
- Heat food in the microwave without adult supervision
Before your witches, skeletons, and Captain America look-alikes roam the streets on Halloween, have a discussion with your children about how to trick-or-treat safely. Safe Kids Larimer County and the University of Colorado Health would like to remind you that Halloween does not have to be a scary night for parents if everyone (trick-or-treaters and drivers) obeys some safety rules.
- Children under the age of 10 should trick-or-treat with an adult. Their little brains have not developed enough to understand the potential dangers around them.
- Cross the street at corners. Do NOT zigzag across the street. Kids forget that cars are still allowed to drive down the street and don’t always remember to stop and look both ways.
- Stay on the sidewalk. Many homeowners decorate their lawns with tripping hazards for trick-or-treaters and it’s the neighborly thing to do. Children should not enter anybody’s house without your permission, even for a minute or to warm up.
- Make sure the costume fits. Avoid any baggy or flimsy costumes that could pose a tripping hazard. Choose to use face paint over face masks to ensure your child can see their surroundings. If it’s expected to be cold, consider buying a costume a size or two bigger to fit over a coat.
- Be Seen. Carry a flashlight or glow sticks so you can be seen by other trick-or-treaters and drivers. Put reflective items on your costume.
Drivers can do their part to keep from bumping into the trick-or-treaters. The best way to do this is to avoid driving during trick-or-treat hours, but we know that is not always realistic. So, here are some tips for you:
- Be alert. Trick-or-treat hours normally run between 5:30 and 9:30 p.m. Keep your eyes open for little ones darting across the street.
- Slow down. While this is true of all residential streets, remember when you were that age and how excited you were to get to the next house. Kids’ peripheral vision is limited and they cannot tell the distance or speed of your car.
- Drive with your lights on. This will allow others to see you and for you to see kids easier.
If you are supervising your children from your vehicle, Safe Kids recommends you park your car in the middle of the block and turn off the engine. Do NOT drive up and down the street while you are trying to watch your children as your attention will not be on the road. Do NOT back up if you can avoid it.
Once everyone gets home safely go through the treats with your child and dispose of any that are not in original, sealed packages. Decide together the rules on enjoying the treats or talk to your dentist who might have a buy-back program.
If you’d prefer to not venture out on the dark streets on Halloween there are plenty of safe events happening around the county for kids. Alternative events include:
- Lee Martinez Farm, Fort Collins (Pumpkin Patch, Treatsylvania, hayrides)
- Old Town Square, Fort Collins (Tiny Tot Halloween)
- Haunted Landfill at Garbage Garage Education Center, between Fort Collins & Loveland
- Halloween Family Fun Festival, Loveland (Safe Kids will be distributing reflective items for trick-or-treaters on Saturday, October 31)
- Gulley Greenhouse, south Fort Collins
- Area high schools host indoor activities
- Something from the Farm, south Fort Collins
- Halloween Enchanted Garden at the Gardens on Spring Creek, Fort Collins
- Halloween event at the Promenade Shops at Centerra, Loveland
For more information on Halloween Safety Tips, visit www.safekids.org. Talk to your kids today!
The total estimated lifetime medical and work loss costs of injuries and violence in the United States was $671 billion in 2013, according to new research released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The lifetime medical and work loss costs associated with fatal injuries was $214 billion while nonfatal injuries accounted for over $457 billion. Each year more than 3 million people are hospitalized, 27 million people are treated in emergency departments and released, and over 192,000 die as a result of unintentional and violence related injuries each year. Injuries and violence are a significant public health problem in Larimer County. Motor Vehicle injuries, suicide, and older adult falls are the leading causes of hospitalization in northern Colorado.
“UCHealth is committed to the health of our community and that includes providing education on how to prevent injuries that result in hospitalization,” said Janet Werst, Community Health Supervisor. Although injuries are among the most common and costly health problems in the U.S. and Colorado, they are also one of the most preventable. Colorado is working to implement evidence-based programs and policies to prevent injuries and violence to reduce not only the pain and suffering of victims, but also the considerable costs to society. For example, UCHealth offers Stepping On, an evidence-based fall prevention program for older adults. To learn more about violence and injury prevention in Colorado visit www.vipreventionnetworkco.com. To read the new CDC research visit http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr. To learn more about the CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control works to prevent injury and violence visit http://www.cdc.gov/injury.
One call per month to poison control centers about liquid nicotine…four-years later…215 calls per month. Children are mistaking flavored liquid nicotine for candy and are ingesting it. Over half of the calls to poison control centers are for children under the age of 5.
E-cigarettes are battery-powered cartridges filled with a nicotine liquid that, when heated, creates an inhalable mist. Little is known about the long-term health effects of the products, which were developed in China and moved into the U.S. market in 2007.
“Some evidence suggests that e-cigarette use may facilitate smoking cessation, but definitive data are lacking,” Dr. Priscilla Callahan-Lyon of the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products wrote in a recent medical journal article.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has an educational page where you can learn more about e-cigarettes.
If you have liquid nicotine in your house, talk to your kids about it and keep it up and out of reach.
Does your home have working smoke alarms? This year’s theme for Fire Prevention Week (October 4-10) is all about having working smoke alarms outside every bedroom.
Do you test your smoke alarms monthly? Let the test run the full cycle so everyone in the family can hear the sound and know what to do.
How old is your smoke alarm? The sensors only last 10 years, so if yours are older than that, it’s time to replace them. Same goes for hard-wired alarms!
Do you have a fire escape plan? Have the kids get involved in identifying two ways out of the house and picking a safe meeting place. Then actually PRACTICE it at least 2 times a year.
Want more information on fire safety? Check out www.nfpa.org
DID YOU KNOW? Fire Prevention Week started all because of a cow. That’s right…a COW! According to popular legend a cow knocked over a gas lamp, which caught the barn on fire and eventually caught the entire city of Chicago on fire. Learn more about it by searching for the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.
Let’s join Owen S. on his Eagle Scout journey and learn some great safety tips at the Cycle Safely FREE Bike Rally.
WHEN: Sunday, October 4
WHERE: 4-H McKee Building at The Ranch
Why is Owen doing this?…
“This project came to be after I was in a serious bike accident on the Spring Creek Trail. My front tire hit a hole in the pavement and I flew over my handle bars. The doctors at the ER said if I wasn’t wearing my helmet correctly, I would have suffered traumatic brain injury. While admitted in the hospital, I was given a new helmet. I want to make sure hospitals have replacement helmets. I would also like students to walk away with the tools they need to bike safely. My proposal was approved now on to creating a detailed plan.”
“My project has 2 parts. The first is a new helmet collection. WANT TO HELP?? Amazon has some great deals on helmets for all ages. Free shipping if you are Amazon Prime.Let me know through PM if you want to help me out and I will send you the address where you can ship the helmets. Don’t have prime? Want to make a cash donation for helmets? PM me for info on how to do that too. All money collected buys new helmets to benefit Strap and Snap and area hospitals.”
BRING YOUR BIKE AND HELMET! This event is for girls and boys grades 1-5. Each participant will receive a free t-shirt thanks to my amazing sponsors. Open to the first 60 participants. Information taught include a bike and helmet check, basic first aid, rules of the road, and a fun obstacle course.This is a FREE EVENT but registration is required- Message- Parent’s Name Child’s name, age and shirt size to XXXXXXXX
For more information, check out his Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/830243153757371/ or https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cycle-Safely-An-Eagle-Scout-Project/1895086200717002?fref=ts
Thank you to the following sponsors of Owen’s project:
- LRO Studios
- Associates in Family Medicine (Dr. Brickl)
- The Sewing Circle
- Safeway in Windsor (water!)
- King Soopers in Weld and Larimer County (gift cards)
- Alpine Ear, Nose, and Throat
- Archer Homes
- Berkshire Hathaway Home Services
- Crane & Seager Orthodontics
In the recent summer months we had a drowning of a 4-year old and a near drowning of a 3-year old. Luckily for Lali, Angelo Mondragan was in the right place at the right time and she survived with no after-affects.
Now Angelo wants to make sure no one has to go through that experience again. He has started “Live for Lali”, a fund raiser to collect money for life jackets to create loaner boards as local area lakes and rivers. Safe Kids is proud to team up with “Live for Lali” for this effort as drowning is preventable. Along with Safe Kids Larimer County, Mackenzie’s Mission, a 501c3 focused on water safety prevention, is teaming up with Angelo and “Live for Lali” to provide education and life jackets to save lives.
Join us in our mission! You can donate the following ways:
- “Live for Lali” Go Fund Me page at http://www.gofundme.com/liveforlali
- Go to Mackenze’s Missions web site at http://macksmission.org/
- Send a check to Safe Kids Larimer County to 1025 Garfield St., Suite A, Fort Collins, CO 80524
All monies raised will support water safety prevention in Larimer County, including purchasing life jackets!
Thank you for your support!
Take your old/expired car seats to the Loveland Recycling Center located at 400 N. Wilson Ave.
You MUST strip the seat of all padding and harnesses or it will be put in the landfill.
The Colorado State Patrol can NO LONGER ACCEPT car seats for recycling. The state Child Passenger Safety program is working on additional solutions that can be implemented statewide.
|Even Self-Proclaimed ‘Safe’ Teen Drivers Play With Their Phones Behind The Wheel
Posted: 05 Aug 2015 02:15 PM PDT
From: Huffington Post
If you think a 9-to-5 schedule is tough, be glad you’re not a high schooler. Their schedules are packed with activities — sports, community service, yearbook club, AP tests — to help them make it into college, and their smartphones provide an easy way to constantly obsess over whatever their friends are doing.
That sounds like a recipe for 24/7 stress — and a new survey suggests it all could have fatal consequences when teens get behind the wheel.
Students Against Destructive Decisions and Liberty Mutual Insurance on Tuesday released the results of a recent study indicating that an “always-on” lifestyle can lead to dangerous driving habits. The groups report that 52 percent of teens surveyed get less than six hours of sleep every night during the week, though the National Sleep Foundation says they should be getting eight to 10.
Worse, these drowsy drivers are glued to their smartphones: 34 percent of teens in the study said they glance at app notifications when they’re driving, and 88 percent of those who consider themselves “safe” drivers confess to using apps when they’re behind the wheel. (A spokesman for Liberty Mutual told The Huffington Post that a previous version of the study’s press release erroneously stated that 48 percent of surveyed teens look at app notifications when driving.)
Although teens generally favor Facebook and Instagram over Snapchat, 38 percent of surveyed teens reported they use Snapchat when driving. In comparison, 20 percent said they use Instagram; 17 percent Twitter; 12 percent Facebook and 12 percent YouTube. The study did not provide any specific information about how teens use the apps.
Concerned parents should have a talk with their kids about safe driving habits, but not when they’re behind the wheel. Fifty-five percent of the teenagers surveyed say they text when they’re driving because they’re updating their parents, and 19 percent said their parents expect a response to a text message within a minute. That said, 58 percent of the parents surveyed said they don’t expect a rapid reply. So, really: Have a conversation and establish some ground rules, you guys!
In the United States, nine people are killed in accidents involving distracted drivers every day.Technology isn’t always the villain, but needless to say, smartphones and driving certainly shouldn’t mix.
SADD and Liberty Mutual surveyed 1,622 11th and 12th graders across the United States for their study. The groups also surveyed 1,000 parents of high schoolers.
Drowning is the leading cause of injury-related death among children between 1 and 4. On average more than 1,000 children drown each year and more than 5,000 are seen in emergency rooms for injuries from near-drowning incidents.
Studies show that although 90 percent of parents say they supervise their children while swimming, many acknowledge that they engage in other distracting activities at the same time like talking, eating, reading or taking care of another child. Even a near-drowning incident can have lifelong consequences. Kids who survive a near-drowning may have brain damage, and after four to six minutes under water the damage is usually irreversible.
Safe Kids Larimer County recommends the following five tips to keep kids safe in and around water:
- Give kids your undivided attention. Actively supervise children in and around water, without distraction.
- Use the Water Watcher strategy. When there are several adults present and children are swimming, use the Water Watcher card to designate an adult as the Water Watcher for a certain amount of time (such as 15-minute periods) to prevent lapses in supervision and give parents a chance to read, make phone calls or take a bathroom break.
- Teach kids not to swim alone. Whether you’re swimming in a backyard pool or in a lake, teach children to swim with an adult. Older, more experienced swimmers should still swim with a partner every time. From the first time your kids swim, teach children to never go near or in water without an adult present.
- Wear life jackets. Always have your children wear a life jacket approved by the U.S. Coast Guard while on boats, around open bodies of water or when participating in water sports. Make sure the life jacket fits snugly. Have the child make a “touchdown” signal by raising both arms straight up; if the life jacket hits the child’s chin or ears, it may be too big or the straps may be too loose.
- Learn CPR. We know you have a million things to do, but learning CPR should be at the top of the list. It will give you tremendous peace of mind – and the more peace of mind you have as a parent, the better. Contact the Red Cross at 1-800-Red-Cross or coloradoredcross.org for information about local child and infant CPR classes.
- Be extra careful around pool drains. Teach children to never play or swim near drains or suction outlets, which can cause situations where kids can get stuck underwater.