This infographic may help put things in perspective! Sparklers are home fireworks that are preferred by children and young adults because of how brilliant and flashy they are, and how easily available they often are. But, as we’ve mentioned before, sparklers reach temperatures above 1,800° Fahrenheit, hot enough to melt gold. It’s twice as hot as the temperature at which wood burns. Sparklers require caution! Let’s handle these bright symbols of Fourth of July carefully, and make sure our kids remember home celebrations fondly.
Archive for June 2013
Do you – and more importantly, your kids – know all the basics when it comes to fireworks safety? This quick and interactive quiz from the National Council on Fireworks Safety is a great way to test your knowledge. Sit down and go through it with your kids, and use it to start a conversation on consumer fireworks safety.
Just make sure to have your conversation before the excitement for the Fourth of July holiday starts to build up, as you want your kids’ full attention to the matter. There’s also a six-minute video on the site that explains the proper way to obtain and use consumer fireworks.
When fireworks hurt someone, they can alter that person’s life forever. From burns to blindness to loss of limbs, injuries from fireworks are never pleasant. With a few eye-opening blasts, the Consumer Product Safety Commission presents this video as a way to deter people from unsafe consumer fireworks usage – with a particular caution NOT to make your own. We urge you as well to please put safety first if you choose to engage in home fireworks.
Not surprisingly, the majority of fireworks injuries each year happen around the Fourth of July. Out of all types of home fireworks, it’s sparklers that cause the most injuries.
For the entire month surrounding the holiday, about 200 people every day make a trip to the emergency room due to fireworks injuries. Homemade or illegal fireworks account for all of the four deaths that were reported in 2011. More than half were burns. Hands and fingers were most often injured, but there were also significant amount of eyes injuries, as well as face, head, and ear injuries. These and other important fireworks injury statistics are compiled in an infographic by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Be sure to scroll through to see the Tips on staying safe.
We love fireworks because they’re loud, spectacular displays of fire in the sky. Even the simplest fireworks festival can elicit gasps from kids and grownups alike. Most of us have memories of summer nights with sparklers or firecrackers. Home fireworks have become a summertime and Fourth of July tradition.
But so too have summertime burns and injuries in hospitals across the U.S. – so much so that there are movements to ban home fireworks altogether or, at the very least, to keep most of them out of the hands of anyone who is not a professional pyrotechnics expert.
Home fireworks can burn the skin and eyes, causing permanent damage. Even sparklers can reach 1,800° Fahrenheit. The sparks are easily transferred to hair, clothing, or any nearby flammables or wicks. There are all sorts of fireworks available on the market today, many of which are illegal in certain areas. It’s always a good idea to double-check local laws to see if home fireworks are legal and which are so.
This week, we be sharing some tips on staying safe during the Fourth of July holiday. We’ll also share some scary statistics and video from the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Technology constantly finds new and innovative ways to facilitate parenting. Just a few years ago, baby monitors were generally expensive, bulky, full of static, and had very basic features. Now, we’ve got everything from networking capability to crystal-clear video monitoring.
Of course, these are just tools. Nothing will ever replace our parental love and devotion, but these tools help us do what we do in a more sophisticated way.
This week we covered many different uses of baby monitors, including being a support to parents with autistic children or those with developmental delays or disabilities. We also covered one of the most advanced, useful, and affordable baby monitors on the market today: The MobiCam Digital DL audio/video baby monitor system (hint: digital is safer!). We hope it was eye-opening but reassuring that there are so many products on the market that support parenting.
The most trusted name in consumer products reviews and reporting, Consumer Reports, offers some great tips on choosing a baby monitor. The latest baby monitoring technology makes use of wireless networking, gives you a choice between digital and analog devices (digital is safer), and brings up concerns such as interference. It also addresses some of the emotional effect that a video monitor can have on a parent. This is a great list of concerns to address before making your purchase.
Obviously, a baby monitor is great for viewing your child while they play, sleep, or work in another room. However, there’s really no reason to toss it out once your child reaches a certain age! It’s a useful video or audio device that can be used in a myriad of ways. Two-way audio can be used as a great communication device between rooms!
Here’s a quick list of other ways you can use your baby monitor.
She calls it the “Rolls Royce of video monitors!” What a super-comprehensive review from a mama of three. She had her first child when baby monitors were not a practical option at all, and now that video monitors like the MobiCam Digital DL are high-quality and affordable, she’s over the moon, especially considering her high-risk pregnancies. She wants to keep her eye on her babies, as all parents do, but found something special in the DL.
Mom of Autistic Child Relies on MobiCam System
An autistic child brings joy and trial to families in ways that are almost incomprehensible to those who are not familiar with it. One of the issues that families must deal with is “stimming” (taken from stimulation or self-stimulation). It is a repetitive behavior that helps autistic children cope with sensory input, and sometimes, it is an expression of the sensory overload that they perceive. Sometimes, it’s best to let it go because it is a coping mechanism, but sometimes it must be redirected because it can cause harm to the child.
This mother found that the best solution to be there for the child – and to make the decision to interfere or not – is through unobtrusive video monitoring.
The Bump, from the same people that brought you The Knot, chose the MobiCam Digital DL as its favorite all-purpose baby monitor! From baby-checking to its use in schools and businesses, the awesome review point outs its versatility and its economy. There’s also mention of MobiCam’s powerful Anywhere option, which lets you keep an eye on your loved one from any computer.
Special note: the price listed is the MSRP (manufacturer’s suggested retail price). KidSafeInc.com has slashed that price!