Where can I find product recall/safety information?
The three most notable are the US Consumer Product and Safety Commission, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, US Department of Transportation and National Safe Kids Campaign.
Who do I contact if I have safety concerns about a consumer product?
Report any product-related injury or safety concern about consumer products, including toys, to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Call their hotline at (800) 638-CPSC or visit their web site at http://www.cpsc.gov. For questions about car seats, call the National Highway Traffic Safety Adminstration's auto safety hotline at (800) 424-9393.
Is it important for me to have first aid training?
YES! Even if you aren't a parent, this is important knowledge if you ever happen to be in an emergency. It is especially important if you are a parent. Children get into more scrapes than could be thought possible (infants and toddlers too). Your first aid knowledge could mean the difference between life and death for your child or another human being. Please contact your local American Red Cross, your local YMCA or your local community college, or anywhere that offers courses and get signed up. There is usually a small fee, but that and your few hours of time are a small price to pay if it means your child's life.
How important is it for me to attend refresher first aid courses?
Again, this is very important. Even professionals take refresher courses. It is natural to forget some of your training, especially if you haven't had to use it. Also, with the continued medical advances, there will be new information for you to use.
What should I have in my first aid kit?
First aid kits can be purchased already assembled or you can make your own. Make sure the kit includes the following basic supplies:
|§ adhesive or guaze wrappings or pads
§ absorbent cotton
§ cotton-tipped swabs
§ aspirin and acetaminophen
§ antiseptic solution (e.g., hydrogen peroxide)
§ hydrocortisone cream (for bites & stings)
§ elastic bandages
§ dosage spoon for medications
§ ice pack & heating pad/ water bottle
§ pocket mask or face shield for CPR
§ disposable rubber gloes
§ bandages or surgical tape
§ sterile guaze
§ adhesive tape
§ sharp scissors
§ first aid manual
§ syrup of Ipecac and activated charcoal
§ antiseptic cream (e.g., bacitracin)
§ anti-diarrhea medication
§ calamine lotion for skin irritations
§ flashlight with working batteries
§ needle for splinter removal
§ petroleum jelly
What makes some playgrounds safer than others?
The safest playgrounds are those that are well maintained (no broken, protruding or loose parts) and have ample soft surfacing. Recommended surface materials include hardwood fiber, mulch chips, pea gravel, fine sand and shredded rubber. Surfacing should be kept at least 12 inches deep and should extend a minimum of 6 feet in all directions around stationary equipment. Avoid playgrounds with asphalt, concrete, grass and soil surfaces under the equipment. Make sure that children are supervised at all times and that they play on age-appropriate equipment.