Archive for the ‘Tween & Teen Safety’ Category

Teens: Worried About Them Driving? How About Walking?

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As parents, we all hope that, by the time we send our kids off to Middle and High School we’ve done a decent job teaching them the safety basics: what to do in a fire or earthquake, how to contact us in an emergency, what to do if bothered by a stranger or bully, and [...]

Putting Out a Grease Fire: At 13, I Made the Wrong Choice

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Earlier this week, we asked our facebook fans what they would do in this scenario: You leave bacon on the stove while running to put in a load of laundry, and the pan catches fire. What do you do? a) Cover it with a lid. b) Put water on it. c) Sprinkle it with baking [...]

October 17-24 is National Teen Driver Safety Week

October 17-24 is National Teen Driver Safety Week

Chart Source: NHTSA Vehicle accidents are the number one cause of death for teenagers in the United States, killing more than 5,000 youth aged 16 to 20 each year.   Alcohol and not using seat belts are both large contributors to the high number of fatalities.  Cell phone use and being distracted by other youth in [...]

Kids and ATVs – Is it Worth the Risk?

Kids and ATVs – Is it Worth the Risk?

Most children are fascinated with driving.  One moment they can hardly say “car” or “truck” and the very next, they want to drive one.  We oblige with toddler sized ride-on toys that are self-propelled at first, but quickly give way to battery operated versions.  With the exception of defective ride-on toys that have been recalled, [...]

Fall Coaches Take Note – Concussions can be Hard to Spot

Fall Coaches Take Note – Concussions can be Hard to Spot

As fall sports get underway, it is important for coaches and volunteer parent-coaches to brush up on first aid and field/court safety.  One of the most commonly missed, potentially serious injuries, is a concussion.  Because symptoms may not immediately appear, coaches and parents often return an athlete to play before he or she has fully [...]

Off-Road Vehicles in the Spotlight

Off-Road Vehicles in the Spotlight

With all the attention on toys, Toyotas and Tylenol, you might be surprised to learn that some of the most dangerous and commonly recalled products are in the Mortorsport and Utility Vehicles category.  In fact, in 2009 alone, recalled products in this category caused nearly 50 deaths , more than any other recalled product type. [...]

Protecting Little League Pitchers

Protecting Little League Pitchers

“Little League Elbow” has become a common injury among young pitchers. While one might think a child’s body is more resilient, because bones, muscles and ligaments are still growing, they can be more susceptible to injury. How many throws/pitches should be allowed in little league?

Check Bicycle Helmets

The weather is warming up and the bicycles are coming out.   Time to check your family’s helmets to make sure they still fit properly and have not suffered any damage.   Any signs of cracks, compression or lose and frayed straps mean it is time for a new one.  Safety tips and links to more bicycle [...]

Halloween is Here… and with it Come More Halloween Recalls

Considering that most product defects that result in recalls are discovered through customer use, it is no surprise that Halloween related product recalls begin to show up immediately before the big day and continue for a few months after, as we are playing with our toys and prizes.  If you read my last post, where [...]

Batteries to Blame in RC Helicopter Fires

Batteries to Blame in RC Helicopter Fires

On Wednesday (09/10/08), yet another remote controlled toy helicopter was recalled – the eighth one this year and the ninth associated with fire and burn hazards since 2006. The culprit in nearly every case? Rechargeable Lithium batteries and/or their chargers.