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Toy safety
  • The holiday season and gift giving go
    hand-in-hand. Don’t forget about toy safety when shopping for presents.
  • An estimated 181,500 children were
    treated in an emergency room for a toy-related injury in 2010. Nearly half of
    those injured were children four years old and younger.
  • Choose toys that are age appropriate.
    • Take the time to read the instructions
      and warning labels to make sure the toy is right for the right age group.
    • Make sure toys for young children
      don’t include small parts or other potential choking hazards.
  • Don’t forget a helmet for riding toys.
    If you’re gifting a bike, skateboard, scooter or other riding equipment, make
    sure to include a helmet and any other required safety equipment.
  • Consider storage. Make sure that you
    have bins or containers to store the toys when not in use to avoid injury.
  • Sign up to receive product recalls in case
    any of the gifts you give or gifts your child receives are later found to be
    hazardous.

Winter Travel
  • This Saturday brings with it a 50
    percent chance of snow. Is your car ready for winter travel and/or emergencies?
  • Residents should make sure their cars
    are ready for winter and for emergencies, especially if holiday travel plans
    include any driving over the mountains.
  • Keep an emergency kit in your vehicle and
    make sure it includes the following:
    • Windshield scraper and shovel.
    • Snack food and water.
    • Flashlights with extra batteries.
    • Extra hats, coats and mittens and
      blankets.
    • Tire chains, road salt, sand and
      booster cables.
    • Bright colored flags or help signs and
      emergency flares.
  • Road maps, a tool kit and a first aid
    kit.
  • Know when to stay and when to go. If
    visibility and conditions aren’t safe, just stay home.
  • Check COtrip before you travel and make sure
    you are comfortable with the road and visibility conditions.