Empowering Our Girls: Keeping our Teenage Daughters Safe

12 Essential Tips to Keep Your Teenage Daughter Safe

We all want to feel confident when our teenage daughters go out at night with their friend, knowing they know how to prevent themselves from being in unsafe situations, and how to defend and advocate for themselves when they needed to.  As a teenager, I experienced sexual assault, and now as a mother of a precious ten year old daughter, I do what it takes to keep her safe, including teaching self defense to girls for the past 30 years. Here I am sharing tips on ways we can keep our daughters safe as they navigates through their teenage years, and beyond. Read the rest of this entry »

8 Halloween Costume Safety Tips

Halloween Costume Safety Tips

Because masks can limit or block eyesight, consider non-toxic makeup and decorative hats as safer alternatives. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

Halloween is an exciting time of year for kids (and grown-ups!). To help ensure they have a safe holiday, here are eight tips the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests for keeping kids safe in their costumes:

  1. Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Make sure that shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with flame.
  2. Consider adding reflective tape or striping to costumes and Trick-or-Treat bags for greater visibility.
  3. Because masks can limit or block eyesight, consider non-toxic makeup and decorative hats as safer alternatives. Hats should fit properly to prevent them from sliding over eyes.
  4. When shopping for costumes, wigs and accessories look for and purchase those with a label clearly indicating they are flame resistant.
  5. If a sword, cane, or stick is a part of your child’s costume, make sure it is not sharp or too long. A child may be easily hurt by these accessories if he stumbles or trips.
  6. Obtain flashlights with fresh batteries for all children and their escorts.
  7. Do not use decorative contact lenses without an eye examination and a prescription from an eye care professional. While the packaging on decorative lenses will often make claims such as “one size fits all,” or “no need to see an eye specialist,” obtaining decorative contact lenses without a prescription is both dangerous and illegal. This can cause pain, inflammation, and serious eye disorders and infections, which may lead to permanent vision loss.
  8. Teach children how to call 9-1-1 (or their local emergency number) if they have an emergency or become lost.

Halloween Health and Safety Tips

Halloween Health and Safety Tips

Hilltown Trick-or-Treaters. (c) Sienna Wildfield

Hilltown Trick-or-Treater's. (c) Sienna Wildfield

For many people, fall events like Halloween and Harvest Day are fun times to dress up in costumes, go trick-or-treating, attend parties, and eat yummy treats. These events are also opportunities to provide nutritious snacks, get physical activity, and focus on safety. Below are tips to help make the festivities fun and safe for trick-or-treaters and party guests…

READ MORE:  CDC – Family Health – Halloween Health and Safety Tips

Safety in the Spotlight for April

SAFETY IN THE SPOTLIGHT FOR MONTH OF APRIL

Playground in Williamsburg

School playground in Williamsburg, MA. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

The National Safety Council has compiled a list of safety observances. For the month of April,  their website highlights:

The National SAFE Kids website has additional information on preventing child fatality and injuries which, if followed, could prevent an estimated 38,000 children’s lives each year.

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