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This year, we are marking 10 years of progress in reducing drowning deaths among our kids through passage of the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act (VGB). There’s been a 25 percent reduction in U.S. pool deaths among children in the past ten years. On May 24, 2017, members of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies heard testimony about the law.
Here’s your safety assignment for the week:
Grab your helmets and take a bike ride with your kids. Why? Well, beyond the obvious reasons, it’s because Safe Kids has a new way for you to evaluate how bike friendly your city or town is for kids.
The resident dads at Safe Kids were asked about what piece of advice or tip they would want other dads to know about. We are certainly no experts (is there really such a thing?), so take what you like and ignore the rest.
School is out and summer is finally in full swing. Whether your plans include backyard barbecues and road trips or bike rides and beach vacations, we’ve got some tips to help parents keep kids safe while they have fun in the sun.
Whenever we talk about how to store medicine safely, it always comes back to one thing above all – the importance of keeping medicine up and away and out of reach and sight, every time. And when we spoke to parents this past year for our latest research report on the topic, we found that by and large, parents know that, with 9 in 10 agreeing that it’s important to store all medicine up high and out of reach after every use.
For three years, I volunteered as a camp counselor at Lake Arbor Summer Enrichment Camp, a summer camp for children aged 6 through 12. The camp was designed to be an enriching experience for kids, and activities during the day included tennis, swimming lessons, creative writing and chess. We also organized field trips to places and landmarks in Washington, D.C. such as the Smithsonian, the National Air and Space Museum and Frederick Douglass’s house. The campers got a lot out of it, and they showcased it during chess tournaments and talent shows.
Who doesn’t love a good vacation? I know I do. One of my favorite things to look forward to is my family’s summer vacation. We almost never go to the same place twice (there were those three consecutive visits to a water park lodge, but that doesn’t count because who gets tired of water slides?)
PrevCon 2017 lived up to its reputation as being the place where safety heroes meet. More than 500 U.S. and international public health and safety practitioners gathered in Baltimore from July 26 – 29 for an extraordinary exchange of information, innovations and celebrations.
We appreciate the men and women in the military for all they do to protect our freedom and security. So why wouldn’t we do everything in our power to help protect their kids? My time as a Public Policy intern at Safe Kids has been very diverse, but my favorite task has been looking up legislation and writing letters of support for the bills we support. We recently supported a bill called Evan’s Law that requires all military housing to have window guards installed.
Solar eclipses are rare enough occurrences, with the most recent one coming in August 1999. You couldn’t even watch that one from the United States – the most recent one that was visible from America was back in 1979. And to find one that was visible through the entire contiguous United States is even rarer – you’d have to go back almost a century, to June 1918. This Monday, August 21, however, every American from coast to coast will be able to take part in this incredible event. So how can we watch the eclipse safely with our kids so they can properly appreciate such an amazing moment?