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Keeping Your Kids Safe

by on Jul.31, 2014, under Education, Family, Health, Kids, Nature, Parenting

Child mortality rates have plummeted in the last few decades as we've become more cognizant of the potential dangers, and technology has advanced and recognized that safety is just as important as function. The warnings from a previous era are no longer adequate. do_notIt's paramount that parents recognize the dangers in their homes and make sure their kids remain safe. To that end we present these child safety tips. teddy_defender Check the closet and under the bed to be sure that there are no monsters hiding there. kidonhook When mounting the child on a wall, make sure that you use hardware that is designed for the weight of the child. girl-upsidedown Furniture should be designed to be used around children. Fully extend your drawers to be sure that the furniture won't tip over on your kid. hangdrawers Decorative hardware and drawer pulls should not have any sharp edges or your child may be in danger of falling when he's hanging from the drawer. baby_wash When you're washing your baby, don't fill the tub all the way. Always use the gentle cycle. kids_washing Encourage the kids to help with the household chores to get the job done more quickly. tvhug Soft cuddly toys are preferable to large electronic devices for play time. hallofscience Some toys are dangerous if used improperly. Young children should always use them under the supervision of someone older, preferably not an older sibling. dartaccidentfm3 Encourage sibling relationships. When one child is playing, younger brothers or sisters should always be included. hoarder1 If you let your child eat in his room, make sure he properly disposes of the containers and leftovers. knife_electric Make sure that the electrical outlets in your house are child safe by testing conduction potential. childproof_outlet The "taste test" is the most accurate way to check for lethal current. powdergirl Keep your cocaine locked up in a childproof container. overhead-kid When traveling with your child, bring along a favorite toy, and make him feel as much at home as possible. kidsleeps Make sure that your child isn't past his recommended shelf life. toilet-reading Toilet training is important for both the child's and parents' well-being. Encourage them to use it regularly by letting them entertain themselves while in the bathroom. first_drunk Eventually they'll learn to use it like a grown-up. plunger_boy Teach them to flush often or the toilet might clog. plunger_boys2 Kids learn by doing, so let them try things out until they learn to do it properly. kidtrap Toys and games should be age and size appropriate. Don't let your kids play with something that's too big for them just because you have it on hand. hsflashers Your kids' friends will have a lot of influence on them, so get to know the people they hang out with. dickisgood Learn about what they like and dislike, and try not to be too judgmental. putana Breast feeding is recommended up to a certain age, but don't smear your breasts with poison until after the babies have been fed. child_stove Including the child in the cooking process can teach him about where food comes from, and to make healthy choices. nyquil-nap Keep sugary snacks hidden so your child doesn't eat too much at one time. brownie-sleep "Special" edible treats should only be eaten by children in moderation. spiderboy Well padded furniture will increase the chance of a soft landing. kids_swim When on vacation, be sure to arrange some activities for the kids' benefit. kids_karachi Follow our simple safety tips to keep your kids happy and healthy. kid_safe
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Outdoor Safety Tips: Mountain Lions

by on Jul.24, 2014, under Animals, Education, Environment, Health, Nature

The mountain lion, also known as the cougar, puma, and panther isn't especially large, but they can bound up to 40 feet and leap 15 feet up to a tree. Typically found in the West, mountain lions have been sighted in Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Missouri, and even Connecticut. cougar_young What should you do if you encounter one? Avoid it if at all possible. Otherwise, follow these handy safety tips. mlhabitat Frankly, we'd rather take our chances with the mountain lion rather than giving a cat a bath. cattack02 cattack01 If you have to fight, here's are some strategies you can try. mountain_lion_safety  
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A New Spin On Toolroom Safety

by on Sep.15, 2012, under Education, Health, Miscellaneous

Recently, Kayla Carrera had an unfortunate encounter with a drill press. We're certain that we saved lives with our Boating Safety Tips, and thought we would offer tips for working around machine tools. While we will focus on the engine lathe, most of the safety tips we will offer apply to other machine tools as well. Lathes may appear to be cute and cuddly like this jeweler's lathe.

But even with protection like the safety shield on this 21" lathe, you still have to exercise proper caution.

Don't lean over operating machinery. If you can't reach easily, turn off the machine first. Use lots of coolant. Besides keeping the tool bits sharp, it washes away the swarf. Water based coolants are more popular than oil based coolants, but if a lot of blood is involved, remember that blood is thicker than water. You might need to use a higher volume than usual. Don't put your arm over a rotating spindle while wearing clothing. Even at slow turning speeds, if your sleeve is caught you won't be able to use that arm to turn off the motor. Operating an engine lathe without wearing clothing is not recommended either. Tighten the chuck evenly and securely. Anything caught in the jaws of the chuck can throw your work off balance and result in a hazard. Prop the chuck with a piece of scrap lumber when installing it, and make sure the lathe is off first. If no lumber is available, find a substitute that's not part of your own body. After mounting the chuck, check for tightness and rigidity. Doing it under power could cause a loss of sensitivity so always check with the power off. When your hands are safely away, spin it up, then down, and check it again only after it has stopped spinning. Wear good quality, tight fitting clothing while working on an engine lathe. Loose clothing can get caught, pulling and tearing it. Poor materials tear more easily, allowing more parts to leak out. While this subject was a victim of his fashion choices as well as not following our safety rules, you can't always blame your failures on what you're wearing. You should also know where your hands are relative to the sharp spinny bits at all times.

We'll cover Milling Machine Safety Tips at a later time.  
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Cap Gun

by on Oct.25, 2011, under Food, Health, Recreation, Weapons

The Three Stooges gave us the wisdom of their generation. Don't light matches around fireworks. If the water isn't coming out as expected, don't look down the hose. Don't look down the wrong end of a firearm. If you're confused about which end that is, put down the gun and walk away.

Slow learner? Still not sure?

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Getting the Point

by on Jul.01, 2011, under Health, Kids, Recreation, Weapons

The NRA guidelines for safe weapons handling are common sense. Here are two of them: 1. ALWAYS keep the gun pointed in a safe direction. This is the primary rule of gun safety. A safe direction means that the gun is pointed so that even if it were to go off it would not cause injury or damage. The key to this rule is to control where the muzzle or front end of the barrel is pointed at all times. Common sense dictates the safest direction, depending on different circumstances. 3. ALWAYS keep the gun unloaded until ready to use. Whenever you pick up a gun, immediately engage the safety device if possible, and, if the gun has a magazine, remove it before opening the action and looking into the chamber(s) which should be clear of ammunition. If you do not know how to open the action or inspect the chamber(s), leave the gun alone and get help from someone who does. Lewis Tavernier, 17, had taken his crossbow to a friend’s house in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, and put the safety catch on before carefully placing it on a nearby desk. He left an 8" crossbow bolt loaded. As Lewis was chatting with his friend, the crossbow inexplicably fired into his face from only three feet away. He ended up with a punctured muscle and fractured cheekbone, but the arrow missed killing or critically injuring him by 2 mm. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2009774/Is-arrow-face-Er--yes-Boy-17-lucky-alive-crossbow-fires-bolt-face-freak-accident.html Lewis is expected to recover in six months.
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Urban Jungle Gym

by on Dec.05, 2010, under Health, Kids, Parenting, Recreation, Toys

Child safety in play areas hasn't always been the highest priority for society. After society started discouraging young kids from working in factories, it had to build recreational facilities for them.  Kids were still expected to die from accidents and disease, and this was before personal responsibility was completely abdicated, so esthetics sometimes took priority over safety.

1930's era waterslide

Now we've replaced all the old fun play structures with new boring safe models.

And we pad the kids too.

But other countries don't have the resources to devote to child safety. The kids play wherever is available, whether it's a trash heap

Or a construction or demolition site.

Kalim Ali, 12, was playing at a construction site near his home in the town of Malegaon. He jumped and landed on a metre-long iron pole that speared his entire body from the base of his spine to his shoulder.

In total, ten internal organs were damaged in the horrific accident including his small intestine, liver and a lung.

The boy was taken to a hospital after eight hours and the rod was removed in a three hour operation. Doctors expected his recovery to take four months. Luckily, no major arteries were damaged.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1253934/Skewered-The-miracle-survival-boy-12-speared-metre-long-metal-pole.html

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