Be sure to follow your state laws
about fireworks this July Fourth. According to the National Council on Firework
Safety, Ohio permits only sparklers and similar novelty fireworks. Wherever
you’re celebrating, keep these guidelines in mind:
carry fireworks in your pocket, or toss them to another person.
let children play with fireworks. Even the sparks from simple sparklers can
start a fire in clothing
fireworks only on a smooth, flat surface away from the house, dry leaves and
a firework malfunctions, don’t use it again. Re-lighting it could cause
someone’s clothing catches fire, make them STOP, DROP and ROLL. Then call
use homemade fireworks or purchase unlabeled devices.
- Keep pets inside on the fourth of July. They hate the sound of
fireworks and feel safer indoors
Source: National Council on Fireworks Safety
If you’re spending a lot of time
babysitting this summer, be sure to follow these guidelines:
- Always make sure there’s a number available where you can reach
the children’s parents.
- If the children are taking medications, ask the parents to write
down the dose and the time.
- In general, it’s not a great idea to have guests while you’re
babysitting. If you do, ask the parents if it’s okay.
- Make sure doors and windows are locked.
- Don’t leave a child alone in the bathtub, even for a second. If
the telephone rings while the child is in the tub, don’t answer it.
- In case you have to call 911, make sure you know the address where
you’re babysitting, and be able to give a clear explanation of the problem.
- If there’s a pool at the home, make sure the children stay away
- With the children’s parents, plan quick escape routes in case of
Find out whether the children are allergic to anything and whether
they’re allowed to eat anything before bed.
Don’t leave the children alone while they’re in your care.
Teens on the Road—Safely
- Summer is prime time for teenagers
to drive around town with their friends. Talk with your teens often about
- Alcohol: make sure they know that even a small amount of alcohol
can limit their driving abilities.
- Having large groups in the car: serious crashes are more likely
the more kids there are in the car.
- Driving at night: teens are more likely to be in a fatal crash at
night than during the day.
- Conflict resolution: talk about the fact that disagreement is
normal but violence is never an answer, including on the road
If you want to make strict rules
about your teens and driving, do it. If it makes you feel better to forbid your
teen from talking on the cell phone while driving, that’s your call. If you
want to limit the amount of friends your child can have in the car, that’s
okay too. Try to come to an agreement with your teen, but you have the final
Highway Transportation Administration; Students Against Destructive Decisions
Leaving Kids Home: What Age?
Summer can be challenging for working parents. It’s fairly well accepted
that children under 8 shouldn’t be left alone at all, but older than that, it
depends on the length of time, your child’s maturity level, your home
environment and your neighborhood. If you’re reaching the point where it seems
your child may be getting old enough to stay home alone, consider these things:
it out for short periods of time and talk about how your child feels things
sure there’s a trusted adult your child can count on at all times.
what to do if someone knocks on the door, if a pet gets out, if a friend
wants to come over, if the electricity fails, etc.
sure your child knows to call 911 in an emergency, and has a list of other
numbers to call.
periodically to check in and see how things are going.
stop talking about how things are going, even if it seems like
everything’s fine. Make sure your child feels comfortable telling you
about things that make him or her uneasy.
And remember this: children under 11 should not be responsible for caring for
Source: Marion County Children’s Services
Going to a tanning salon just to get started on your summer tan? Think that
getting a tan from a tanning bed is safer than the sun’s rays?
Think again. A study in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute
indicates that tanning beds may double the risk for certain skin cancers.
Getting a tan from ultraviolet rays, whether they’re from the sun or
from an artificial source, is not a good idea.
Source: Journal of the
National Cancer Institute
, February 2002.