Dec 18, 2014

Safety Education series - Review

With this beautiful Christmas season upon us, we
will not be having safety class in our home over the
next few weeks.

If you will be having class in your home, here are
some quick links to topics we have already covered.
Use them as a review class.

Fire Safety & intro

Enjoy this blessed time of year!
Merry Christmas

Our next new class will 
be Jan. 8, 2015

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Dec 11, 2014

Holiday Safety - Safety Education series

Dec. 11, 2014
Safety education: holiday safety 

With the hustle & bustle of the holidays here, safety
sometimes takes a backseat. Now is a good time to
think about how your family will be celebrating this
year and discuss how you might handles some of these 
common safety issues.

Will there be small children in your home over the 
holidays?  is your home still "childproof"?

Will older relatives be visiting? check for tripping
hazards, and remember, they may be carrying 
prescription medication with non-child proof caps.

Are your decorations flame retardant if there will 
be open flames nearby?  Will you have a real tree
that will need watered?  While decorating, be sure
to not overload electrical outlets and check for frayed

Will you be using open flame candles? Have you 
tested your smoke alarms this month? 

Will your family be cooking the holiday feast?
be sure to review our Kitchen Safety tips class

Traveling with the family over the holidays, be safe
on the road and while staying away from home.

Decorating with live plants this holiday? Do you 
have pets in your home?  

source with article

This is certainly not an exhaustive list, but it
should start some discussion. 

Mom notes:
We had the children create a holiday safety checklist 
years ago, we kept it with the Christmas decorations
and go over it each year.  

Thanks for joining us for class this week.

We will not be having safety class in our
home over the next few weeks due to the
holidays, however there will be a review
posted next week.
Our next new class will be Jan. 8, 2015

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Dec 4, 2014

Hypothermia - Safety Education series

Dec. 4, 2014
Safety Education: Hypothermia

What is hypothermia?
Today we'll be learning about it, understanding the
signs and symptoms, how to treat it, what not to do
and how to prevent it. 

wiseGEEK has a good article on the topic*, read it
with your children or have them read it, then discuss
it as a family.
*no need to click on sidebar topics on this
article, they are mostly advertisements.

Mom note:
This is such important info for children as well
as adults. Does your child go skiing (or other winter
activities) with friends and their families? This info
could save a life!

Here's a great infographic for all those visual learners!

Thanks so much
for joining us.
See you next week.

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Nov 20, 2014

Emergency Car Kits - Safety Education series

November 20, 2014
Safety Education: Emergency Car Kits

If you've watched the news lately, this cold snap
has brought more scenes of stranded travelers on
snowy roadways. I wonder how many had prepared
for such an emergency.

Today we are going think what it might be like to
be stranded in our vehicle for an extended period
of time...during daylight hours and possibly added
difficulties if we had to remain overnight.

Depending on their ages, they may need some
prompts from teacher. (food, water, warmth,
sheltering-in-place verses walking to safety)

Brainstorm a list of items that combat each
emergency scenario the kids mentioned. 
Talk about the viability and practicality of
each item, remembering, they will be stored 
in the vehicle.

Here's our list:
a case of water
flashlight with extra batteries
candles & matches in a can or glass jar
maps & compass
multi-purpose tool/knife
first aid kit
extra socks,coats, boots
large & small trash bags
a list of emergency contact numbers 
pen/pencil & paper
a bucket with lid, toilet paper, wet wipes
some dried or canned food with pull tabs
windshield washer fluid
jumper cables
small shovel
ice scraper
road flares
bag of kitty litter (for traction)
cell phone chargers

Now, think about storage space in your vehicle.
(some of these items may already be kept there)
Most items may fit in a backpack or a 5 gal.
bucket. Are there drawers under your seats
or will everything need to be stored in your

Gather and assemble your emergency car kits
as soon as possible. Even if your family never
experiences an emergency, having these items
may allow you to help others during your travels.

gathering items for our Car Emergency Kit - candles & matches

Mom notes:
A key component of educating our children in safety 
is to present different situations and have the 
children think of possible problems that could occur
and then discuss various practical solutions.

These thinking exercises have not only made my
children better prepared for emergencies but have 
also enhanced their leadership skills.

Thanks so much for 
joining us this week.

We will not have safety class next week, due to the
Thanksgiving holiday.

Our next class will be
Thursday, Dec. 4th.

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