Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Are Your Toys Are On the Nice List?

Well, it's the day before Thanksgiving and you know what that means...time to make out the naughty and nice list!!

Once we're all stuffed like our turkeys, we'll sit down and look through the sales ads to make our Black Friday plans. Toys are at the top of the list in our family and boy is it a struggle to select just the right items (my daughter is 2, so she's not able to nag me for the 'it' gift yet).

Sadly, last year there were an estimated 181,900 toy-related injuries. Yeah...I know! They're toys for goodness' sake. Shouldn't they be kid-friendly? Unfortunately, despite extensive regulations and testing, hazards still get through the toy-making process. (Perhaps we should talk to elf-management about that.) Thus, parents and other caregivers are left to step up and take care of toy patrol.

A few things to keep in mind when shopping:

  • Purchase age-appropriate toys. Those guidelines are there for a reason.
  • Be careful with small parts. Children under age 3 put things into their mouths and can choke. 
  • Look for well-made toys.
  • Read the warning labels before buying. Read the assembly instructions and keep them! 
  • Complete the warranty cards and mail them. You will be notified of any recalls.
  • If you are shopping for gently used toys, do a quick check at to see if they are on recall. CPSC also offers email notification on toy recalls. 

For more information on toy safety, go to

Have a happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Wait! Thanksgiving is here?

Somehow Thanksgiving crept up behind me and is now breathing down my neck. Anyone else surprised that we only have 1 week until turkey day? This year my dd is going to enjoy making a huge mess helping me in the kitchen. She's 2.5 and it got me thinking about what she can do, shouldn't do and, I'm serious! do not do that! in the kitchen. For safety, of course.

Below are some guidelines from Safe Kids USA 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
Y'all be safe and if you're frying a turkey, please do it outside. Remember, inside the garage is not outside.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Community Car Seat Check Today!!

Hey everyone,

Safe Kids Guilford County is having a community car seat check today at Lowe's Home Improvement in Elmsley Square from 1pm-4pm. The address is 109 West Elmsley Drive, Greensboro 27406 (near I-40).

If you are unsure that you are using your car seat or booster seat correctly, please stop by. We can also discuss when your child is ready for the seat belt. Remember, 4 out of 5 car seats are misused!

Thanks to generous funding from Volvo Trucks North America, we have car seats and booster seats available in case yours needs to be replaced or in case you don't have one. We do ask for a small monetary donation for these seats and that donation goes back to our child passenger safety program.

This is a service to the community by many volunteers who care about the safety of children. We will teach you how to travel safely with your loved ones. We hope to see you there.