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Halloween Safety Tips

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I recently wrote a quick guest post for Multiples and More on Halloween Safety. And then today realized I should have posted these on my own blog!

Halloween 2010 Safety Tips

Before Halloween
Plan out your costumes. Make sure everything fits and if you're in a colder climate make sure it will fit over a warm coat.Make sure part of their costume is reflective. Streetlights aren't always bright and not every place has them. If you're in a town without sidewalks reflective striping is a must. Incorporate glow sticks, glow necklaces or glow bracelets as part of their costumes.Pick up some fun Halloween themed flashlights.  Not only does it help the kids find their way, it helps you spot them if they get a little too far ahead of you.Plan out where you are trick or treating.  Stick to your neighborhood or neighborhoods you know well.  This is not about where the candy is, but where it is safe.  If your state has an online sex offender registry check it.  In NH you can find it …

2010 Guidelines have been released!

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The new 2010 CPR Guidelines have been released! I'm still sorting through them but here's the quick list of the changes for layperson rescuers:

Adults
Determine unresponsiveness and check breathing quicklySend someone to call for helpStart compressions.  No breathing first!  Push at least 2 inches on the chest at a rate of 100 compressions per minute.Ratio is 30 compressions and then 2 breathsUse an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) as soon as one is available. Change is the removal of look, listen & feel and the 2 rescue breaths before cycles of compressions begin.

Children
Determine unresponsiveness and check breathing quicklySend someone to call for helpStart compressions.  No breathing first!  Push at least 1/3 the depth of the chest or 2 inches at a rate of 100 compressions per minute.Ratio is 30 compressions and then 2 breathsUse an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) as soon as one is available. Changes:
Removal of look, listen & feel and the 2 rescue bre…

Home Escape Plan

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When your smoke alarm sounds do you know what to do?  Do your children know what to do?

For Fire Prevention Week 2010 the National Fire Protection Association has created 2 really nice placements or posters for young children to learn and practice escape plans.  There is a poster for boys and a poster for girls

The steps are easy to learn and great to practice with your kids!
The smoke detector sounds.  Even if you don't see smoke go outsideGo to your meeting place.  This is a safe location you can choose outside.  Have your children help you pick your meeting place.Wait at your meeting place for your family to join you.That's it!  Easy Peasy.  But Fire Prevention Week isn't the only time of year for practicing Home Escape Plans.  Practice them several times a year with your children so that they know what to do in an emergency.

Happy Fire Prevention Week 2010!

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This year's Fire Prevention Week Theme is "Smoke Alarms:  a sound you can live with".  This is an important reminder on what we need to do, and teach our children to do, when the smoke alarm goes off.

Does your home have working smoke detectors?  Have you checked them regularly?

Do your children know what to do if the alarm goes off?

Do you have a Fire Drill or Fire Safety plan at your workplace?

These are all important things to do and practice.  To help you out with these the National Fire Protection Association has a very good website with tips, tools and information you can download to help you with your Fire Safety plan.

Today I'm going to provide you with this link to a fun Smoke Detector Inspection Checklist you can use at your home.  As you test your smoke detectors, involve your children. 

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