Fire Safety with Children

By: Stephanie Shabangu, Penfield Children’s Center It’s important to teach fire safety to children of all ages, as a fire in the home can happen at any time of the day, including in the middle of the night. According to the National Fire Protection Association, 1,319,500 fires occurred in 2017 and 14,670 injuries were reported. …

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Are Fidget Spinners Safe?

By: Stephanie Shabangu, Penfield Children’s Center From beanie babies to video games, there is always that one toy that every kid has to own. The most recent craze, fidget spinners, has been marketed as not only a toy, but also a device to help children with attention issues. They’ve been touted as instruments that help …

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Childhood Sexual Abuse

Child sexual abuse is an often overlooked and under-reported crime that affects many children every year. It is estimated that 1 out of 10 children will experience sexual abuse by the time they are 18 years old. Although we have this statistic, it is estimated that the number could be much higher due to a …

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Playing it Safe in the Backyard

Though summertime means spending more time outside, barbequing and catching some sunrays, we must all remember to stay safe. Here are a few helpful tips to help teach your children about backyard safety: Hot off the Grill Teach your children that the grill is HOT and establish a safety zone where only adults can go. …

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Water Safety

Water is mesmerizing, it draws the young and old and is found everywhere; the bathtub, the toilet, sinks, the backyard, buckets, swimming pools, ponds, rivers and lakes. As alluring as water can be, it has hidden dangers. Drowning is the leading cause of injury-related death among children ages 1-4 and most commonly occurs in swimming …

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Top Causes of Poisoning in Kids Younger than 5-Years-Old

Kids younger than school-age are curious and can get into anything.  While there are many dangerous items that can be appealing to a small child, here are the most common potential poisons parents should monitor: Highly concentrated laundry detergent packets and bleach Laundry detergent and bleach for high-efficiency washers is highly concentrated.  Combine that fact …

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Bike Safety

More children ages 5 to 14 sustain injuries and go to emergency rooms after biking than with any other sport. Following these guidelines will help to ensure your child is as safe as he or she can be when riding. All about the Bike When selecting a bike with your child, choose one that fits, …

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Child Proofing and Home Safety

When a baby starts to crawl, it is an exciting time for everyone.  Parents are thrilled to see their child hit an important developmental milestone and explore the surrounding world with wonder.  Unfortunately, there are many things for a curious baby to discover inside his own home that could be dangerous.  It is important for …

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Safe Sleep for Babies

Why It’s Important Unintentional suffocation is the leading cause of injury-related death among infants, according to Safe Kids Worldwide. In 2010, 1,176 children died from unintentional suffocation. In 2011, 22,791 children were treated in emergency departments for nonfatal inhalation or suffocation. Most childhood suffocation, choking, and strangulation incidents occur at home. Babies who are placed …

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