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Nanny’s Notes

Issue 4, June 10, 2000
Fire Safety

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Safety: AAP Releases
New Home Fire Safety Recommendations
Safety: Choking Hazards Prompt More Recalls
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Tips and Tidbits
Safety: Fire Safety Tips
Neat Idea: Leafy Summer Play House
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AAP Releases New Home Fire Safety Recommendations

The American Academy of Pediatrics released new recommendations on fire safety in the June issue of Pediatrics journal.

Some facts from the report:

*Deaths from fires and burns are the second leading cause of death in children between 1 and 9 years old. (Motor vehicle injuries are the leading cause.)

*The rate of deaths for preschool children in home fires is more than double, relative to population, the rate for all age groups combined. Some of this higher risk to very young children comes from children playing with matches or lighters. In 1997 children playing with fire accounted for 8% of the home fire deaths and 2/5 of the home fire deaths of preschool children.

*In 1996, cigarettes and other lighted tobacco products caused 1/3 of the home fires that resulted in deaths.

The report gives specific recommendations for both parents and pediatricians. These include teaching parents about fire and burn prevention, providing psychological help to school-age children who set fires, and encouraging adolescents and adults not to smoke.

For details, read the complete report. Also read the fire safety tips in this issue and visit the two fire safety web sites.

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Choking Hazards Prompt More Recalls

Potential choking hazards have prompted U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recalls of latex pacifiers and Bug Zapper toys

Classic Patterns "Cherubs" and Soft Comfort latex pacifiers by Playtex Products have been recalled because the latex is aging faster than normal, which lets the nipple separate from the shield. There have been 21 reports of nipples detaching, but no injuries.

If you have one of these pacifiers stop using it immediately and return it to Playtex for a free replacement or a $3 coupon. For more information and model numbers of the recalled pacifiers, visit the CPSC page or the Playtex site

The second recall is for Bug Zapper toys. These toys were distributed with children’s meals at various restaurants and come as either a frog or a lizard. They have a balloon tongue that rolls out when the toy is squeezed.

The Bug Zappers are being recalled because the balloon tongue can come off. The company has received a report of a 3-year-old boy who required medical treatment to remove the tongue from his nose.

If your child has one of these toys, take it away from him immediately and return it to the restaurant where the children’s meal was purchased for a free replacement toy. You may also e-mail info@kidstuffnet.com for a free replacement.
Visit CPSC for pictures and more information.

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Fire Safety Tips

These recommendations are based on the report by the American Academy of Pediatrics published in the June issue of Pediatrics magazine.

*Always supervise your children around fires and other sources of heat.

*Install and maintain functional smoke alarms. Test them monthly and replace batteries at least once a year.

*Design an escape plan which includes a place outside where all family members will meet. Make sure this plan includes people with special needs, such as very young children, the aged and the disabled. Practice this plan at least twice a year.

*Children three and older can begin to learn what they should do if there is a fire.

*Teach your children that the sound of a smoke alarm means to go outside right away and meet at the designated place.

*Teach your children not to hide from fire fighters.

*The cleanest air in a smoke-filled room is 12 to 24 inches above the floor, which is why you should crawl on hands and knees to an exit.

*Never use an elevator during a fire. Always use the stairs.

*Teach your children to stop, drop and roll if their clothes catch on fire. Then use cool running water to begin treatment of the burn.

*Learn how to choose and properly use a fire extinguisher.


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Leafy Summer Play House

I don't know how well this will work in practice, but I saw this on a walk last weekend and it looks like a fun thing to try.

Take large poles or straight branches and arrange them into the shape you want. The one I saw had several poles arranged in a circle and tied together at the top to form a tee-pee shape.

Plant a fast-growing, vining plant at the base of each pole. If you're going to use this for children, make sure the plants are not poisonous. You might want to start growing the plants indoors in pots early in the spring and then transplant.

As the vines grow, train them to grow up the poles.

And if it works the way it should, your child will have a nice shady play place later in the summer!

(I'm going to keep an eye on the one I saw to see how it works out.)

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RESOURCES
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Animals Showing Off (National Geographic Action Book)
by Tony Chen (Illustrator), Jane R. McCauley,
Donald J. Crump (Editor)

Did you know that baby owls fluff up their feathers to frighten away predators?

Your child or grandchild will learn this and other ways animals show off with this wonderful pop-up book from the National Geographic Society.

The text is simple, but informative and readable by young readers. The illustrations are colorful and fun; since they're pop-ups, your child will be able to flap the elephant’s ears, let the gorilla beat his chest, watch the hippo open its mouth, see the peacock fan its tail, and lots more.

Olivia and I have looked at this book many many times since I bought it when she was about two. (The baby owl is one of her favorite parts.)

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National Fire Protection Association
http://www.nfpa.org/

NFPA is the leading authoritative source of technical background, data, and consumer advice on fire protection and prevention.

Much of the information here is technical and meant for fire safety professionals. However, you'll also find news and consumer safety information, including information about the Fire Prevention Week campaign and fireworks safety.

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Sparky the Fire Dog
http://www.sparky.org

Sparky the Fire Dog is the official “spokesdog” of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

This excellent site is designed to teach children about safety in an entertaining way. Your child will find news, safety tips, fun facts, things to do, special sections on Dalmatians and fire trucks, and lots more.

Things to do include a Sparky the Fire Dog windsock, Fireworks art, and no-cook recipes.

You'll also find Sparky’s ABCs of Fire Safety, with a set of ABC flash cards you can print out and color:

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