Celebrate National Hand Washing Awareness Week with These Easy Tips!

December 5, 2016 1:30 pm

It's National Hand Washing Awareness Week, and that means that you should practice proper hand washing tips to avoid spreading germs this cold season! If you want to prevent yourself and your family from getting sick, learn these important rules for keeping your hands clean and free of germs.

  • Wash your hands before and after preparing foods, when caring for a sick or injured person, and every time you cough or sneeze to help prevent the spread of germs and bacteria.
  • Use warm or hot water to wash hands, as this helps to kill germs better than cold water.
  • Wet your hands first, and then lather with an antibacterial soap all over the front and back of your hands. Rub vigorously for at least 20 seconds, taking care to reach in between the fingers and on the fingernails.
  • Rinse your hands well to remove any soap residue and germs.
  • Dry your hands using a clean, sanitary towel or hand dryer. If you're in a public restroom that only has reuseable towels, give your hands a good shake to air dry instead of using the communal towel.
  • If possible, turn off any public faucets with your elbow or wrist to avoid re-contaminating your hands after washing.
  • Carry an antibacterial hand sanitizer or wipes with you any time you go out in public. Give your hands a quick cleaning after shaking hands, using door handles, or shopping in a store.

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Here’s How to Teach Your Kids to Avoid Danger This Child Safety Protection Month

November 10, 2016 3:45 pm

November is Child Safety Protection Month, and it's a perfect time to teach kids of all ages how to keep themselves safe against modern dangers and to help keep smaller children safe in your own home. From online threats for older kids to childproofing your home for baby, here are some helpful things that you can do to keep your kids free from harm.

  • Teach your older children about the dangers of the Internet. Make sure that they know not to talk to strangers online, never to meet up with anyone that they meet online, and to never post personal information on social media.
  • Baby-proof all of your furniture by securing it to the wall. Things like dressers, beds, and television units can topple over onto a crawling baby or toddler, so be sure to anchor them against the wall after assembly.
  • Only keep nontoxic plants in your home. Many plants are hazardous if ingested, and babies and small children can't tell the difference.
  • Show children how to properly cross the street, especially if they're approaching school age. Instruct them to look both ways, never walk in the street, and to never get into a car with a stranger.
  • Use age-appropriate child seats in your vehicle. This means baby seats for infants and larger carseats for toddlers and young children.

November Brings Child Safety & Prevention Month [Parent Guide News]

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Check Out These Fascinating Halloween Traditions From Around the World

October 31, 2016 12:01 pm

Here in America, we enjoy dressing up in silly costumes and going trick-or-treating on Halloween, but have you ever wondered how cultures around the world celebrate their own versions of Halloween? Here are a few fascinating Halloween festivities from countries near and far!

  • In Ireland, Halloween is observed in much the same way as it is in America: with fun costumes, trick-or-treating, and the addition of bonfires in the more rural areas.
  • In Austria, people welcome souls into their homes by leaving bread, water and a lit lamp on a table before going to bed for the night.
  • In Belgium, people honor their dead relatives by lighting candles on Halloween.
  • In China, Buddhist temples fashion "boats of the law" out of paper and burn them in the evening hours to free spirits and welcome them into Heaven.
  • In England, children used to carve designs into "punkies," or large beets, and parade them through the streets while singing the "Punkie Night Song" and marching door to door asking for money. Later, Halloween became Guy Fawkes Night and moved a few days later.

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