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  • Safe Kids in Panama

    With our help, school buses in Panama City, Panama are now equipped with first aid kits including injury treatment, supplies to clean, treat and protect minor wounds, and supplies for other regional concerns like insect bites and stings. School children will be safer and the school bus drivers seem happy about it!

    School Bus Drivers in Panama with their new First Aid Kits School Bus Drivers in Panama with their new First Aid Kits

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  • Burns and Scalds in the Kitchen

    Whether a professional kitchen or a home kitchen, burns and scalds occur more frequently than any other type of injury (even more than cuts.) During Burn Awareness Week, we thought it an appropriate time to cover some burn-related kitchen safety tips.

    KITCHEN SAFETY

    • ~ Use oven mitts, not towels, to handle hot pots & pans.
    • ~ Use caution when cooking with grease – keep burner on a low to medium setting and keep a pan lid in reach.
    • ~ Place pots and pans on the back burner with handles turned away from the edge of the stove.
    • ~ Create a 3-foot “no kid zone” in the kitchen around stoves, ovens and hot items.
    • ~ Keep hot drinks away from the edge of tables and counters. Use spill-proof mugs with tight-fitting lids.
    • ~ Adults most often get cooking related scalds from hot liquid spills or when moving containers of hot liquids. Consider the weight of pots and pans fill with hot liquids and food before lifting them. Don’t lift hot items that are too heavy
    • ~ When you microwave food, steam inside cover containers can quickly reach over 200 o F and can burn your hands and face. Pro Tip: Puncture plastic wrap or use vented containers to allow steam to escape while cooking.  Or, wait at least one minute before removing the cover.  When removing covers, lift the corner farthest from you and away from your face or arm.

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  • I Can't Hear You! Noise & Toys & Holiday Havoc

    Noisy Toys are not just annoying - they can be serious threats to the wellness and safety of children and adults alike.

    The holiday season is an exciting time of year for all ages. But it’s also a common time for eye injuries.

    The tiniest piece of glitter may turn the most wonderful time of year into the most harmful time of year for your eyes.

    “You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out!”

    The 1983 classic holiday film, A Christmas Story, has had us reciting this memorable quote for years. But it doesn’t just apply to Red Ryder BB Guns. Whether you’re popping open a bottle of champagne or decorating the Christmas tree, your eyes may be in danger.

    Some propelling toys, like airsoft guns, arrows, BB guns, paintball guns and darts can be particularly hazardous, with the potential to cause serious eye injuries

    Every year the Sight & Hearing Association (SHA) publishes a list of the year’s noisiest toys. This year's list includes 16 out of 20 toys that tested louder than 85 dB, the level set by the National Institute of Occupational Health and Safety for mandatory hearing protection. The National Institute of Occupational Health and Safety (NIOSH) has set 85 dB as the noise level for mandatory hearing protection. Toys are also required to meet standards set by the American Society of Testing and Materials–the sound-pressure levels produced should not be more than 85 dB at 50 cm from the surface of the toy. However, SHA tests the toys at a much closer range of 0-25 cm because it is more realistic given the length of children’s arms and the way they play with toys.

    Noisy MonkeyFor 2015, SHA tested twenty different toys, with sixteen of them testing above 85 dB. The loudest of the toys, the Animal Babies Nursery, Jumpin’ Lil Monkeys, reached as high as 103.4 dB. Sounds at this level are loud enough to damage hearing within 15 minutes.

    SIGHT & HEARING ASSOCIATION RELEASES ANNUAL NOISY TOYS LIST©

    Hearing loss does not typically occur from one single event–it is a cumulative process that happens over time. For this reason, it is important to make sure that your child’s hearing is protected, which includes making sure that their toys are not too loud for them.

    Parents can do a few things to make it a little quieter this holiday season. SHA recommends testing the toy before you buy it. Webb suggests you, “Push buttons and rattle toys as you walk through the toy aisle and if a toy is too loud for you, it will be too loud for your child. Look for toys that have volume controls and if you must buy a noisy toy, or your child receives a noisy toy as a gift, place clear packing tape over the speaker, it will reduce the sound level enough to make the toy ear-safe.” The University of Minnesota/Department of Otolaryngology and SHA confirmed in a study that covering noise-producing toys with tape or glue will significantly reduce the noise level of a toy, making it safer for children.

    What can you do to make sure you protect your child’s hearing this holiday season? Here are a few recommendations from SHA:

    Download a smartphone app that can measure sound levels and use it to test the sound level of toys you might buy in the store. Don’t have a smartphone? A good rule to remember is that if the toy sounds too loud for you, then it is too loud for your child.
    If you child has a loud toy at home or if they are given one as a gift, place clear packing tape over the speaker. This will help reduce the noise level so that it is safe.
    Look for toys that have volume controls so that you are able to set the volume to a safe level.
    If you would like to report a toy as being too loud, you can contact the Consumer Product Safety Commission at (800) 638-2772 or email your report to SHA at kwebb@sightandhearing.org.

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  • Eye Safety is Holiday Concern, too.

    Holiday-Cute-KidWe all can appreciate the joy in a child's eyes at the wonders of the Holidays. Protect those peepers with some caution and common sense.

    “You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out!”

    The 1983 classic holiday film, A Christmas Story, has had us reciting this memorable quote for years. Some propelling toys, like airsoft guns, arrows, BB guns, paintball guns and darts can be particularly hazardous, with the potential to cause serious eye injuries, but it doesn’t just apply to Red Ryder BB Guns in funny movies...

    Unfortunately, toys cause the most eye-related injuries during the holiday season. When children are playing with their new toys, supervise them to make sure they’re playing with them safely. Do your best not to purchase toys with sharp edges or harmful parts.
    Make sure the toy is age appropriate for the child.

    • - Avoid purchasing toys with sharp, protruding or projectile parts.
    • - Make sure children have appropriate supervision when playing with potentially hazardous toys or games that could cause an eye injury.
    • - Ensure that laser product labels include a statement that the device complies with 21 CFR (the Code of Federal Regulations) Subchapter J.

    Adults - you are at risk, as well as responsible for other Holiday eye hazards as well. Whether you ’re popping open a bottle of New Year celebratory champagne or decorating the Christmas tree, your eyes may be in danger... The tiniest piece of glitter may turn the most wonderful time of year into the most harmful time of year for your eyes.

    The good news that most eye injuries can be easily prevented by following a few preventative tips.

    eye-first-aidChristmas Tree injuries are common during the holiday season. Your eyes may be at risk in a variety of ways... When cutting or handling your Christmas tree, make sure to wear protective eye wear. Your eyes may come in contact with dust or tree sap, which can cause an eye infection. Decorating your tree with glass ornaments can pose a risk to kids and adults. Make sure to hang them out of reach of small children. Also check to see if any ornaments or lights are cracked or broken before hanging them to prevent serious injuries. The tree’s pine needles are sharp and dangerous for our eyes. When decorating or placing gifts by the tree, try not to put items too far under the tree so you can prevent eager eyes from being scratched or poked.

    Champagne! The holidays naturally call for social gatherings and celebrations. For adults, make sure to remember eye safety when popping open the champagne bottle. When it’s time to open the bottle of champagne, hold the cork down when you’re removing the wire wrapped around the cork. A great way to prevent the champagne from spraying or cork flying is to use a towel and point it away from yourself and others. Once you’re finally ready, hold the bottle at about a 45-degree angle and gently pull the cork out.

    Eye Injuries Happen: Be ready with Eye First Aid Supplies.

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